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Showing posts with label endless pool elite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label endless pool elite. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Luke McKenzie: “Thanks, Endless Pools, for helping me get back on track!”

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The IRONMAN World Championship in Kona is just around the corner, and Endless Pools® will be on hand to offer free, no-commitment test swims near Kailua Pier from October 2-10. In anticipation of the event, we asked professional triathlete Luke McKenzie to discuss how he reinvigorated his swim to win one of only 50 coveted spots at Kona this year.

“In 2014, I struggled a lot with my swimming. My technique had fallen apart, my fitness wasn't at the level I wanted, and my motivation to work harder in the water just wasn't there. It really hurt not only my swimming but my overall fitness and race dynamics. Having to spend more energy earlier in the race rather than conserve it was affecting my results.

“I was lucky enough to become involved with Endless Pools at the end of 2014, right when I knew it was time to fix my swimming once and for all. The extra time I got to swim each week in the Endless Pool definitely helped me back to form.

Professional triathlete Luke McKenzie trains in his Elite Endless Pool.
Besides being “a very good tool for stroke analysis,” this backyard Elite Endless Pool lets professional triathlete Luke McKenzie train for the all-important T1. Public pools aren’t designed for this, but Luke appreciates that “now we have the ability to jump straight on our bikes.”

I initially used the pool to work on technical aspects of my stroke. Later on, I progressed to using it for workouts and recovery swims. The workouts in the Endless Pool were also a great replacement for open water swims; the Endless Pool gives you that open water feeling. Having the convenience of doing it in my own backyard really helped.

“This June, I competed at Ironman Cairns, and it was crucial that I had a good swim to set myself up to win and confirm my ticket to Kona. I was happy to exit the water in 47 minutes, a lot faster than the 50+ minute times I had been posting in 2014. It set me up to utilize my strength on the bike to gain an unassailable lead going into the marathon. I went on to win my second Ironman Cairns title and punch my ticket to Hawaii for the 10th consecutive year.

“So thanks, Endless Pools, for helping me get back on track!”


“In 2014, I struggled a lot with my swimming,” observes Luke McKenzie. To win the 2015 IRONMAN Cairns, he credits his Endless Pool stroke training for shaving critical minutes off his swim; as he sees it, that “set me up to utilize my strength on the bike to gain an unassailable lead going into the marathon.”

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WATCH: a Swim Lesson with Olympic Gold Medalist Alyssa Anderson

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Back in April, we covered the Enhanced Private Lesson that 13-year-old Andrew Li won with Olympic gold medalist Alyssa Anderson.  As part of the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour, presented by SwimOutlet.com, Andrew got some one-on-one instruction from Alyssa in our Endless Pool Elite.

Andrew felt that he learned a lot in just that one session. “You can see yourself from angles that you’ve never seen … swimming in a regular pool. And you can look at yourself in the mirror at the bottom of the pool, so you can correct yourself as you swim.”

Alyssa also had praise for the Elite's “instant feedback. You’re able to see on the TV screen, you’re able to see in the mirrors below and above you. I saw things that I’ve never seen before in my long career of swimming. I think Endless Pools has it right.”

Thanks to the team at Fitter and Faster, we have this video from that Lesson.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why Do World-Class Athletes Train in a Humble Yorkshire Shed?

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UPDATE: On July 24, 2014, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee took the gold and silver medals, respectively, at the Commonwealth Games. They completed the swim with a 30-second lead over South Africa's Richard Murray, who went on to take the bronze. Alistair has previously achieved Olympic, world, and European titles in triathlon.

From the outside, it looks like a rustic two-car garage next to a cricket ground. Inside, it’s no more glamorous, but it contains one critical tool in the training arsenal that aims to put 2012 Olympic gold and bronze medalists back on the podium for 2016.

The tool is the Endless Pool, and for British triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, it’s their second. The first pool helped Alistair recover from a torn Achilles tendon in time to win gold at the London Games; his brother Jonny took bronze, and the dual victories turned the pair into national icons overnight.

Since then, their entire squad has been training in that pool, which is located in “a tiny garden you can only access by walking through our kitchen,” according to Alec Duffield, Vice President of Brownlee Brothers Ltd. A childhood friend of the Brownlees, he’s also their housemate, and he saw firsthand that the garden pool situation was getting out of hand.

One other concern: the first pool was purchased specifically for the underwater treadmill, so the Brownlees chose a model with a swim current that – though challenging for most of us – could be easily overtaken by Olympians in their prime. So with pool #2, they upgraded to the Elite model, with Endless Pools’ fastest current; it tops out at a 0:56/100-metre pace (or 0:51/100 yards on this side of the pond).

The Elite “made a big difference in terms of usefulness,” Duffield observes. Like their first pool, their Elite also has an integrated treadmill, but now it features a swim current that’s “too fast for even Alistair.” Duffield sees “limitless” potential to allow them to build endurance and “improve the finer points of their stroke.”

Despite the no-frills installation, this Elite Endless Pool helps Olympic medalists Alistair and Johnny Brownlee train and rehab.
There’s barely room to move outside the pool, but dip in and the training ground is Endless. For Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee, 26, and his world-champion brother Jonny, 24, this Elite Endless Pool delivers convenient and critical opportunities to swim and run in place. When they’re not training in it, a host of other professional teams and swimmers will make the pilgrimage for an in-place swim.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Watch a Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Train a TV Star for an Open Water Swim

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How good is an Endless Pool for swim training? It’s the pool that two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Rebecca Adlington chose to train British TV star Jason Done for his upcoming open-water charity swim.


Jason, better known as schoolteacher Tom Clarkson on BBC One’s Waterloo Road, is prepping for the one-mile Great Manchester Swim to raise funds for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity. Adlington, who won two Gold Medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, gave him some pointers in the Endless Pool Elite at Royles, one of the UK's premier independent Triathlon retailers.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In Charlotte, Olympians Compete & Meet our Elite

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The 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC, brought together some of swimming’s fastest and most promising. And most of them dipped into our Endless Pool Elite to challenge our swim current, warm up, and just have a little fun.

One of USA Swimming’s six showcases for world-class competition, the four-day event boasted “NCAA stand-outs, USA National Team members, and some of the most talented teenage athletes from across the nation for fierce competition as they prepare for National and World Championships and work toward the 2016 Olympic Games.”

The Endless Pool Elite was positioned squarely in the Athletes’ Zone, and almost all of them took advantage of it. Among those who took on our fastest, biggest, and smoothest swim current were Olympian Connor Jaegar; Wolverines Peter Brumm, Michael Wynalda, and Matt Zimmerman; Madison Kennedy from SwimMAC Carolina Team Elite; and members of the Hoosiers, Tar Heels, and Team Canada.

Tyler Clary used the Endless Pool Elite to warm up immediately before his meets, including the Men’s 200m Backstroke, the event for which he earned the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal.

Team Canada in the Endless Pool Elite at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC
Nine Canadians make their own pool party! Team Canada’s men loved the Endless Pool Elite’s camera capture equipment as well as the underwater and overhead mirrors. They also loved the challenging swim current, even if they were having too much fun to use it at this particular moment.


Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Clary in the Endless Pool Elite at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 200m Backstroke, Tyler Clary earned the red-carpet treatment at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC, where he now trains. Here, the former Wolverine warms up in the Endless Pool Elite.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Firefighters Get an Immersive Weigh-in at Auburn

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Besides swim training for their championship Tigers, Auburn University has found some creative uses for their Endless Pools. They’re now using them to help keep local firefighters in shape.

To get an accurate measure of their team members’ fitness, Alabama’s Montgomery Fire/Rescue Department goes beyond the standard Body Mass Index (BMI) which factors weight relative to height. BMI can be misleading for athletes, who have a disproportionate amount of healthy lean muscle. Wisely, the Department instead measures Body Fat Percentage (BFP), and for that, they turn to the Original Endless Pool in the Human Performance Lab at Auburn's Montgomery campus.
A Montgomery Fire Department recruit gets a high-accuracy weigh-in in Auburn University's Original Endless Pool.
Photo credit: Montgomery Adviser

Monday, April 7, 2014

Andrew’s “Surreal” Swimming Lesson

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“Surreal,” deadpanned 13-year-old Andrew Li. He’d just stepped out of our Endless Pool Elite after a one-of-a-kind clinic with Olympian Alyssa Anderson here at our headquarters in Aston, PA.

As part of the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour, presented by SwimOutlet.com, Andrew won an Enhanced Private Lesson with Alyssa, who’s an Olympic gold medalist and 16-time All-American.
Olympian Alyssa Anderson gives pointers to 13-year-old Andrew Li
Olympian Alyssa Anderson gives pointers to 13-year-old Andrew Li

In our Endless Pool Elite, Andrew swam in place against a current adjustable to up to 0:51/100 yards. Alyssa, aided by the Elite’s underwater cameras and mirrors, could analyze every element of his stroke, giving precise pointers on his head position and hand entry. By the lesson’s end, he claimed that “it felt easier” to go faster than his slower pace had earlier!
Alyssa watches Andrew's quickly improving technique
Alyssa eagle-eyes Andrew's quickly improving technique in the Endless Pools Elite

The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour conducts swim clinics – from Hialeah, Florida, to Juneau, Alaska – for groups of young swimmers who learn exercises and competitive techniques from Olympians, medalists, national champions, and world-record holders. The Enhanced Private Lesson with Anderson was an exclusive bonus following Saturday’s Media, PA, clinic, which also boasted instruction from four-time Olympic medalist Peter Vanderkaay.

We had a great time hosting Andrew, his dad, Alyssa, and everyone on the Fitter & Faster team. It’s always a thrill to help develop the next generation of champions. Given all the progress he made in one day, we doubt that this will be the last we hear of Andrew Li, future swimming star!
Alyssa and Andrew after their Enhanced Private Lesson
All smiles after their Enhanced Private Lesson


Friday, December 6, 2013

Lava Magazine Covers Changing Landscape of Swim Stroke Analysis

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The continued growth of swim stroke analysis was highlighted in a recent article by Lava Magazine that focused on the work of SwimLabs Swim School. 

SwimLabs, with four locations in three different states, uses a total of 15 Endless Pools to provide technique and swim stroke analysis.

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With 15 Endless Pools to their name, SwimLabs uses the adjustable current for technique training

Continue to read the rest of the article, included in its entirety.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Video of the Week: Friends' Central Aquatics program goes Elite

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Coach Iain Anderson is excited to bring Elite swim training to his swim program at Friends' Central with the school's new Endless Pool Elite.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

FINIS Installs Endless Pool® Elite at HQ for New Product Testing and Video Analysis

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FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products that maximize fitness potential and technique, announces the addition of an Endless Pool Elite onsite at the FINIS office in California. For over 25 years, Endless Pools has been engineering pools for stationary swimming against a smooth current. Having sold more than 20,000 pools in 80 countries, Endless Pools appeal to people of all ages and athletic abilities, and are used for swimming, exercise, therapy and fun. 



The Endless Pool Elite is used by premier collegiate programs around the country, such as Auburn and Louisville, as well as Olympians around the world for stroke analysis and technique refinement. Using a 7.5 horsepower motor, the Elite Model produces the most powerful swim current on the market. At its top speed, swimmers can swim faster than 51 seconds per 100 yards pace. The adjustable motor can also be set to slower speeds, making it great for drills, technique work and long, steady swimming. The Endless Pool Elite will be primarily used for FINIS product development testing, technique analysis with streaming video, general swim instruction, and fitness training. 

FINIS set up the Endless Pool in the Product Development section of their warehouse -- an area now aptly coined the "FINIS Stroke Lab." In addition to the mirrors that are already included with the Elite, FINIS has extended their Swim Mirrors above and inside the pool to allow for instant visual feedback. Track lights have been mounted around the pool and waterproof LED's placed under the water for optimal lighting. For video capabilities, FINIS has placed five GoPro Hero3 cameras around and inside the pool to capture high definition footage above and below the surface. The GoPro's link wirelessly to a local computer, which then transmits the video angles to a flat screen TV mounted on the wall. Because it is a live feed into a computer, the captured video can also be streamed online for interactive coaching sessions. Ultimately some pool sessions will even run through the FINIS Stroke Lab video analysis software and be available for public viewing. 

"As a technical swimming company, it seems only natural to have a pool," said Mark Stephens, VP of Product Development and Marketing. "With this new laboratory, we can better test the hydrodynamic properties of our technical equipment and swimwear. Using instant video feedback with the GoPros, we are able to get slow motion, high-definition footage of how the swimmer and product interact. The controlled environment the Endless Pool creates lets us better understand body mechanics, drag, and water flow." 

One of the perks of having the Endless Pool Elite onsite has been an increase in excitement of FINIS employees wanting to get in and swim. With the pool just 20 feet away from their desk, it is quite convenient to get in a swim during the lunch break. 

The Endless Pool Elite will also be used for Marketing photo-shoots, and athlete demos. FINIS even plans to run swim lessons in the pool, with the goal of helping swimmers of all ability levels. 

"We are excited to play a role in the development and testing of FINIS products," said Endless Pools Marketing Manager Mark Langan. "It's a partnership that makes sense as we already use several FINIS products in our corporate facility, as well as highly recommend them to customers. We look forward to watching the development of their new Endless Pool laboratory." 

ABOUT FINIS:

Founded in 1993 in Northern California, FINIS was started by John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Pablo Morales. The Monofin and the Swimmer’s Snorkel were the first products they developed for the US market; afterwards, they continued to focus on creating innovative training tools for swimmers and coaches worldwide. FINIS products are currently available in over 65 countries and are used by US and International Olympic teams, elite triathletes, and fitness swimmers.

ABOUT ENDLESS POOLS:

Endless Pools, established in 1988, has served over 20,000 customers worldwide, and offers compact, customizable pools for indoor or outdoor use. With a series of six innovative products, from the Original Endless Pool to Exercise and Swim Spas, an Endless Pool can be tailored for rehab, competitive training, or family fun. Low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, Endless Pools has a product to meet virtually any need, from the novice swimmer to the Olympian.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Harvard's Alex Meyer Wins 10K National Championship, Qualifies for Worlds

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Alex Meyer won the 2013 USA Swimming National Open Water 10K Championship, after the Harvard University graduate tracked down Sean Ryan in the Castaic Lake, California race.

Meyer swam a smart, patient race, waiting to make his move until the final 100 meters to capture a spot in the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.

The 24 year old was the only American to swim in the 10K event at the 2012 London Olympics, earning a Top 10 finish in the strong field, after rehabbing from a broken collarbone.

After finishing fourth at the 2011 World Championships, a now healthy and hungry Meyer is primed to make an even bigger splash on the world scene in 2013. 

Meyer, who continues his close ties to the Crimson program, swims under the coaching of Harvard’s Tim Murphy and regularly trains in Walden Pond as well as in Harvard’s Endless Pool Elite.

The swimming workout Meyer receives in the Endless Pool provides him the chance to refine his technique while getting an open water feel, as he can swim miles without having to worry about flip turns and vary his pace with the adjustable swim current.   

Murphy, who leads Harvard's Mens Swimming and Diving Team, uses the Elite Pool to build a solid stroke foundation with his swimmers and build their skill sets through the use of underwater cameras and the instant feedback he can provide.

With the growing popularity of Endless Pools in the college ranks, teams such as Dartmouth, Louisville, Auburn, and Indiana are realizing the benefits of making quick, real-time improvement with the unmatched technology of the Elite Endless Pool.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Video of the Week: Dartmouth All-American Nejc Zupan Swims in the Endless Pool Elite

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Junior Nejc Zupan won three individual events at the Ivy League Championships and placed 8th in the 200m breaststroke at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, earning the Dartmouth swimmer All-American honors. Watch out for even bigger things as Zupan heads into his senior year and works in the Endless Pool Elite swimming pool to take his technique to the next level.



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kim Brackin Films eHow Series at Endless Pool Studio: 'Swimming to Win'

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Kim Brackin’s reputation as a world-class swim teacher received another major boost as the eHow expert series put together a 10-video segment featuring Coach Brackin’s tips on Swimming to Win. 

eHow sent their team to film Brackin at Brackin Elite Swim Training (BEST), her home swim studio. The coach used her Elite Endless Pool to show visual example of technique tips and drills.

With her Endless Pool and the assistance of underwater mirrors and underwater video technology, Brackin has trained collegiate and Olympic swimmers, as well as fledgling young swimmers and triathletes at her swim school.


Check out the entire series at eHow and learn more about how to swim!


ABOUT ENDLESS POOLS:


Endless Pools, established in 1988, has served over 20,000 customers in over 80 countries, and offers compact, customizable pools for indoor or outdoor use. Their professional level Elite Model provides a sub :50/100 yard pace for the fastest swimmers and is ideal for swim school installations, from home to commercial settings. Rigorously tested for safety, low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, Endless Pools has a product to meet virtually any need.
 
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