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Showing posts with label swimming pool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label swimming pool. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PHOTOS: 5 Stunning Endless Pools

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The versatile Endless Pools® swimming machine can look cozy or luxurious, organic or outstanding, as you can see from these stellar recent photographs!

Our signature current lets you swim in place outdoors, in spare rooms, or in new additions. In consultation with our experienced Design Representatives, these five homeowners have created beautiful, even surprising installations to promote fun, fitness, and property value. Take a look…

An in-ground Performanc Endless Pool in Knoxville, Tennessee
Enjoy a bit of Mediterranean glamour in this Knoxville, Tennessee, garden! Installed partially in-ground, this Performance Endless Pool has been customized with a 51" water depth. When not swimming, exercising, or just cooling off, the homeowners enjoy plenty of room for outdoor entertaining, as the compact design also functions as a illuminated water feature.

A partially in-ground Original Endless Pool in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Winters can be rough in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Fortunately, this Endless Pool offers year-round access to warm-water swimming and splashing. By customizing the water depth to 45", the owners get more buoyancy and less joint impact when training on their Underwater Treadmill. They smartly saved space in a room with a sloped ceiling by cornering their pool, thanks to the internal components' easy accessibility from a single side.

A lakeside Original Endless Pool in Seattle, Washington
The water's always warm outside in Seattle, Washington, thanks to this smartly placed Endless Pool! The silver strip at the top of the pool is the Automatic Retractable Security Cover; with the turn of a key, the owners can secure the pool from debris, children and critters, as well as heat loss and evaporation. Better still, splashing won't harm the nearby plants, thanks to our low-chlorine water quality system.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

5 Reasons this Ultrawoman Loves her Endless Pool

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Ultraman triathlete Linda H. in her home Endless Pool
"You can swim until the day you die. You can't run until the day you die. Swimming is so easy on your body." That's the line of reasoning that Linda H.'s husband used to convince her to get an Endless Pool®.

That was in 2010, when she'd only been racing triathlons for a few years. She wasn't certain that she'd stick with multisport, but she's now glad they made the investment. "I really, really love the pool," she says from her Nevada home. "It's done more for me than I imagined."

From Running to Triathlon
"I started doing triathlon about 10 or 12 years ago," she recalls. "All my friends run. I was afraid it was going to tear my body up. I was already having joint pain. I started doing triathlon to get endurance without beating myself up" from the high-impact pounding of running, by incorporating low-impact cycling and swimming.

In 2010, she completed her first IRONMAN® triathlon, crossing the finish line in under 14-1/2 hours. "I've never been fast," she admits to explain why she focuses on endurance training.

That year, she was lucky enough to make it to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, gaining entry with her first lottery. It was at the event's expo that she first tried the Endless Pool®.


Just a simple garage setting for a world-class training pool: that's all that Linda needs to do some serious Endless Pools training for the three-day, 320-mile Ultraman triathlon. "I really, really love the pool," she enthuses. "It's done more for me than I imagined!"

Tri Training at Home
"I was a terrible swimmer," Linda confesses. Initially, she couldn't even put her face under water. "I could not possibly have trained without my Endless Pool."

"I wanted to train up to four and a half hours" for Ultraman events, a series of three-day, 320-mile triathlons that kick off with a 10-km swim. "I don't know of any pool within any reasonable distance where I could swim long enough to see my time in a 10K," says Linda.

"Normally, I swam an hour at a time" in the public pool because that was the maximum allowed; once she had her Endless Pool installed, she could push her limits. "I started adding 5 minutes a week to a long swim."

5 Reasons to Swim at Home
1. Convenience: "I love it because I can go any darn time I want to! Right now, we have a foot to a foot and a half of snow outside, and I'd have to drive 15 miles to the nearest pool."

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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The daughter of David and Victoria Beckham swimming with a mermaid
Swim Swam’s editors selected the 20 best underwater swimming photos of the year.

Another record for Katie Ledecky: she was 2016’s most-drug-tested swimmer. (Excelle)

Six Team USA Olympians highlight the arena Pro Swim Series’ kickoff in Austin this month. (Swimming World)

See how the zero-gravity swimming pool scene in the new Jennifer Lawrence movie, Passengers, was created. (Cartoon Brew)

Get inspired by this first-person account of learning to swim after age 40. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Check out Tech Adviser’s recommendations for 2017’s best swim trackers.



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Thursday, October 20, 2016

7 Mighty Man Caves for Men who Love Swimming

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Man caves serve as sanctuaries, spaces dedicated to the tastes and passions of the men who inhabit them. And for men who love swimming, there's no better way to appoint your man cave than with an Endless Pools® swimming machine.

The modular Endless Pool installs easily indoors. All components fit through doors and down stairs, so you can put your Endless Pool in the basement and other cavelike existing rooms.

If you're seeking man cave ideas of your own, start by checking out these swimmer-friendly set-ups!

Man Cave with big screen television and Endless Pools swimming machine
The charcoal tile lends a robust air to this man cave, while the Endless Pool adds a decisive blue, thanks to the optional underwater lighting. Endless Pools can also be outfitted with an Underwater Treadmill for low-impact running and jogging, making it easy to get active while watching the big game.

Man Cave with sports memorabilia and partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine
In this man cave, the clean kitchenette is balanced by the rugged, distressed textures of the pool skirting and wainscoting. The manual retractable security cover, at the lower left, traps in heat and humidity when the pool is not in use. (We have automatic covers too, but who's afraid of putting in a little elbow grease to get the job done?!)

Man Cave with hammock, kitchenette, and partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine
Deep red walls and exposed wood beams define this man cave with a luxe but potent vibe. As its centerpiece, the partially inground Endless Pool offers convenient access to a vigorous swim session ... because a man should have to earn the right to kick back in his indoor hammock!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PHOTOS: 5 Knockout Endless Pools

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The Endless Pools® swimming machine adapts to any aesthetic, and these recent photographs prove it!

Our signature current lets you swim in place in your family room, garden, deck, barn ... just about anywhere. Take a look at how these five homeowners integrated their Endless Pools into their homes and their lifestyles.

inground Original Endless Pool in Cleveland, Tennessee
This inground Endless Pools adds healthy versatility to this eclectic family room. The rails at poolside and on the exposed wood beam make the pool accessible for fitness, aquatic therapy, and rehab. With fireside seating, timeless rustic touches, and a state-of-the-art fitness and leisure pool, there's something for everyone here!

partially inground Performance Endless Pool in Houston, Texas
This partially in-ground Performance Endless Pool gives you a better swim than a traditional pool while still leaving plenty of room for gardening, trees, and entertaining. The pool's modular design easily adapts to the clean, modern lines of this garden. Even in a compact yard, you can have everything you need for family fun and fitness ... even a place for your rubber duck!

aboveground Original Endless Pool in Southold, New York
Thanks to some outside-the-box thinking, this Original Endless Pool® is skirted in cedar shake. The shingles add more than just a warm, rustic feel; they're also durable, moisture- and insect-resistant, and naturally insulating to control water-heating costs. The below-deck security cover, once closed, will also contain heat and prevent evaporation.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Week in Swimming

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blind athlete and his guide as swim start, Ironman 70.3 Raleigh
The U.S. Olympic swimming trials have sold out – all eight days! – for the first time ever. (NBC Olympics) While there, fans can surf, take the logroll challenge, and get a virtual reality view of the action in the USA Swimming Aqua Zone. (Omaha.com)

This extraordinary video shows how hard it is to spot a drowning child in a crowded public pool … and how a diligent lifeguard did just that! (Mirror)

Get inspired by Adolph Kiefer, a gold-medal swimmer from the 1936 Olympics who’s still swimming at 98! He recounts his friendship with Jesse Owens, his meeting with Hitler, and his proudest accomplishment. (Daily Herald)

Meet the Saudi dentist who became the first woman to swim the Thames, a 101-mile, 10-day feat. (StepFeed)

The Travel Channel’s new series, Top Secret Swimming Holes, premieres this Sunday.

Without resources for pool access, this Hanoi coach created a device to teach swimming skills on dry land. (Tuoi Tre News)

In a moving personal essay, a Chinese-American swimmer considers the media’s treatment of Nathan Adrian and Simone Manuel and explains “Why Swimming Shouldn’t be about Race.” (Swimming World)

Watch nine-year-old James Savage, who swam to Alcatraz and back to break the record held by a 10-year-old. (NBC 24)


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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Week in Swimming

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girl watches floating lanterns during a Lantern Floating ceremony honoring Memorial Day in Honolulu, Hawaii
Olympic gold medalist Ed Moses hadn’t swam once in four years. With just two practice swims, he’s qualified for the Olympic trials! (SB Nation)

SLIDESHOW: “The pool and what it represents is woven into Australian identity and culture,” says Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe; check out photos from a new exhibit/book on the social history of pools in Australia. (New York Times)

Same-sex swimming hours at public pools have sparked controversy for Sweden’s Mulsim community (CS Monitor) and for New York City’s Hasidic community (Forward).

How do you prepare for an open-water swim in chillier climes? If you’re the Australian team, you fill your Endless Pool with ice! (Swim Swam)

Kacper Majchrzak set a new Polish record in the men’s 200-meter free. (Swimming World)

A photo posted by ?Kacper Majchrzak (@_kacper_majchrzak) on


Friday, May 20, 2016

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Connor Jaeger at the Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte
Gold medals for Great Britain’s Adam Peaty and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu highlighted the European Swimming Championships. (EuroNews)

As Kirsty Coventry chases her 8th individual Olympic medal – an unprecedented feat for a female athlete – she reflects on how clean the sport of swimming really is. (Reuters)

USA Swimming published its first-ever Hispanic/Latino Cultural Inclusion Resource Guide.

Why doesn’t Caeleb Dressel, an Olympic hopeful and perhaps the most promising sprinter in the U.S., want to talk about swimming? (Washington Post)

High school swimmer Maxime Rooney broke a national record … only to see it broken later the same day. (Mercury News)

Nathan Adrian and Simone Manuel discuss what it takes to win the 50-meter freestyle, otherwise known as the “splash and dash.” (Team USA)

VIDEO: This house has two pools – the glass-bottomed, second-story pool hovers over the inground pool! (The Mirror)

Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler lost a swimming race to a dog. (Oregon Live)



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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Week in Swimming

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Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, photo by Domekyo Photography
With just 100 days to the summer Olympics, Team USA kicked off their Road to Rio Tour (pictures after the jump). Then check out the front-runners in the German Olympic swimming trials, which start next week. (Swim Swam)

A para-swimmer/Syrian refugee will carry the Olympic torch in the international relay’s Greek leg. (ABC News)

In Glasgow, para-swimmers broke world and national records at the British Para-Swimming International Meet. (IPC)

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio raised eyebrows with a proposed budget that includes a $50 million indoor pool on Staten Island. (SILive)

Olympic gold-medalist Cullen Jones discusses why he’s promoting swimming in African-American communities with the Make a Splash initiative (Atlanta Journal Constitution), while USA Swimming has begun accepting applications for its Diversity Coach Mentorship Program.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

When Tarzan Swam to Record #47

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Johnny Weissmuller
Before becoming Hollywood's most enduring Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller was the first swimmer to go 440 yards freestyle in under five minutes. It was his 47th record, and he still had many exciting years ahead of him.

This record was broken 93 years ago this week, in New Haven, Conn. Weissmuller, swimming for the Illinois Athletic Club, touched the wall in just 4:57, braking his own record of 5:08. Those who witnessed this record-breaking swim said that he did it with ease and only appeared to exert himself at the end.

Johnny was born on June 2, 1904, as Johann Peter Weißmüller in either present-day Serbia or present-day Romania. Seven months later, he arrived at Ellis Island with his parents, Peter and Elizabeth. The German family spent a few years in a Pennsylvania coal mining town before relocating to Chicago.

At age nine, Johnny was diagnosed with polio. This unfortunate event would soon turn fortunate: His doctor recommended that he take up swimming to help with the disease. Johnny heeded his advice and soon enough landed himself a place on a YMCA swim team.

After dropping out of a college-preparatory high school, he found various jobs, one as a Lake Michigan beach lifeguard. While working as a bellboy at an athletic club, he garnered the attention of William Bachrach, a swim coach who decided to train him. In August 1921, Weissmuller became a national champion in the 50 and 220-yard distances.


To compete on the U.S. Olympic swim team, Johnny needed a U.S. passport. He listed his birthplace as Tanneryville, Pennsylvania and used his younger brother's birthday. (Oddly enough, his father’s signing of the passport would be the last time anyone heard from him; in the 1930 census, his mother was listed as a widow, with his father nowhere to be found.)

Monday, December 7, 2015

The 2015 Endless Pools Photo Contest Winners

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We reviewed hundreds of photos for the 2015 Endless Pools® Photo Contest. Thanks to everyone who submitted during the 10-week entry period. In the end, these seven beautiful standouts rose to the top.

The Grand Prize winner in the 2015 Endless Pools Photo Contest
FIRST PLACE: The golden sunrise glow, the Scottish Highlands fog, the swimmer's upturned face ... the photographer captured a perfect moment for this Original Endless Pool. Our judges endorsed this knockout by a solid margin. Congratulations to pool owner Eleanor on earning our $500.00 grand prize.


The 2nd Place winner in the 2015 Endless Pools Photo Contest
SECOND PLACE: Under majestic red cliffs and the (almost) cloudless sky, this swimmer was the envy of many of our judges. Who wouldn't want to emerge from this partially in-ground Performance Endless Pool to see this grand Utah landscape? Pool owners Kathleen and Leon will receive a FINIS Neptune underwater MP3 player.


The 3rd Place winner in the 2015 Endless Pools Photo Contest
THIRD PLACE: Our WaterWell therapy pool may not have a swim current, but it provides everything Maggie needs for low-impact fitness. And with this sunroom's stunning lakeside view, it's certainly a showpiece for her suburban Toledo home. This elegantly framed shot benefits from a masterful balance between the indoor and outdoor lighting, earning her the other FINIS Neptune MP3 player.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Video of the Day: Winter Swimming in the Endless Pool

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To learn more about year-round swimming, in rain, sleet, snow or sunshine, visit www.endlesspools.com.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Endless Pools® Fastlane on display at Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show

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Endless Pools will once again join over 400 exhibitors for the 33rd annual Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The Northeast Spa and Pool Association expects over 11,000 attendees at the event, which runs from January 28-30.

“Each year I look forward to the AC show,” said Endless Pools Wholesale Development Manager Michael Sparacio. “It’s an opportunity for us as a company to show off the development of our products to pool industry professionals as well as anyone willing to stop by and talk.”

Sparacio will be on hand to showcase the Fastlane, which can be added to new or existing traditional pools to add the patented Endless Pool swim current.

In addition, the company offers the Original Endless Pool and Spa Series, both of which can be tailored in a wide range of sizes with a variety of custom features.

Learn more by visiting the Endless Pools Fastlane page or visit Endless Pools at Booth #1337 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Comparing Endless Pools to Natural Swimming Pools

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For over 25 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to innovate and manufacture the most environmentally friendly compact swimming pools and spas in the world. 

The technology we have developed since 1988 has allowed us to build more efficient, longer lasting pools that take up just a fraction of the footprint of the standard traditional pool.

Add in simple installation, low operating costs, minimal chemical requirements and easy maintenance, and you’ll find that the Endless Pool family of products is an ideal choice for outdoor installation that can truly enhance and help capture the beauty of Mother Nature.

Natural Pools are green, alternative swimming pools that often take a pond-like appearance. While they do provide a natural look, there are several obstacles that do not make them an ideal choice for many. 



Natural Pools

• Are a green, natural swimming pool option that utilizes plants rather than chemicals, which results in an ‘organic’ swimming environment
• Require consistent upkeep—roots of plants must be maintained
• Can incorporate fish, but only in the swimming part of the pool and not in the aqua-garden area where they would cause destruction
• May not be able to properly metabolize sunblock
• Do not offer simple temperature control options, which can be difficult to maintain
• Require a very high up-front setup cost

Endless Pools offer 

• Just a fraction of the footprint of a traditional pool as they can seamlessly be incorporated into their surroundings and blended into the natural landscape
• An environmentally friendly choice due to a minimum of required chemicals and with their Nature2 copper/silver purification system
• Simple design or a variety of options to customize in the size and features of your choice
• The ability to save time and money—both short and long-term
• A do-it-yourself option; the modular Endless Pool can be installed in a few short days, while the one-piece acrylic Spa Series (available as an Exercise Spa or Swim Spa) requires minimal setup time





Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Comparing the Saltwater Pool System to the Endless Pool UV Purification System

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Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen swimming trends come and go and we’ve made certain to commit ourselves to the highest long-term standards in the swimming pool and spa industry. 

The technology we have developed during that timeframe has allowed us to improve our Nature2 copper/silver purification system to the point that our pools now require less parts per million of chlorine than standard drinking water.

While in theory, Saltwater Pools are a fine idea, there are several obstacles that keep this type of system from being the ideal solution for your Endless Pool.

Saltwater Pool Systems...

  • Use chlorine, albeit in lower concentration than a standard chlorinated pool
  • Involve a greater upfront cost, as well as higher cost for replacement parts
  • Can produce buildup and corrosion over time
  • Sanitize water, reducing the level of microorganisms to safe levels, but typically do not feature the ability to oxidize contaminants such as body oil, perspiration, urine and sunscreen
  • Require more upkeep, maintenance and monitoring

Endless Pools offer...

  • A super efficient 120 watt pump with an ultra-violet water purifier, which keeps your pool sparkling clean with a minimum of chemicals
  • Simple upkeep—just half a cup of Clorox bleach a few times a week makes for crystal clear water
  • A Nature2 copper/silver purification system that greatly reduces the need for chlorine, decreasing the smell and effects of chemicals, while providing a source of automatic sanitization
  • Consistently safe water levels that will keep your pool sparkling clean
  • Ease of use—monitoring your compact pool or spa couldn’t be easier with our simple system and lifetime customer support

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Irish Bed & Breakfast Offers Swim School for Unique Getaway

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Trevor Riches has put a unique spin on the traditional bed and breakfast. Riches, along with Lynette Hart, runs Ard na Ciuin Guesthouse, a bed and breakfast in Ballyduff, Ireland that features an Endless Pool® for swim training.

One of the top ranked Bed and Breakfasts in all of Ireland according to TripAdvisor, the B&B has more than earned its ‘Excellent’ rating.

Reviewers rave about the hospitality of the hosts as well as the opportunity to learn how to swim during their getaway.




Ard na Ciuin offers a peaceful setting, which Riches and Hart acknowledge with pride is well off the beaten path.

With lessons in the compact, temperature controlled pool, guests feel welcome and safe as an instructor looks on.

“In terms of learning to swim, this is the perfect environment, the pool is incredible and Tracey is the most amazing instructor,” praised one TripAdvisor reviewer.

“I arrived at Ard na Ciuin unsure if I would ever swim, but swam on my second class and finished every single lesson amazed at the progress that it is possible to make in such a short time,” echoed another.

Riches takes great pride in watching novice swimmers make quick progress and learn how to swim in the Endless Pool during their stay.

“It’s one of the rewards of running this business,” said Riches. “It gives us a real buzz.”

Recently profiled by RTE’s ‘Nationwide,’ which focused on the story of a woman who overcame her fear of swimming during a stay at the B&B, Riches hopes to raise awareness about the opportunity for professional swim instruction along with a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

While Ard na Ciuin has cornered the bed and breakfast swim school market, the Endless Pool has been an ideal swim training device for years that many coaches and swim schools have taken advantage of.

Often referred to as a ‘treadmill for swimmers,’ coaches can incorporate underwater and overhead mirrors, underwater cameras, and a variety of options to track changes and give instantaneous instruction to swimmers.

From ‘how to swim’ lessons to advanced technique training for triathletes, open water swimmers, collegiate swimmers and even Olympians, the Endless Pool offers a compact swimming pool or swim spa for indoor or outdoor installation.

About Endless Pools:

Endless Pools, established in 1988, has served over 20,000 customers in over 80 countries, and offers compact, customizable swimming pools for indoor or outdoor use. With a series of innovative, customizable products, the company has completed installations around the world for swimming, water exercise, rehab and aquatic therapy use. Endless Pools, Exercise Spas, and Swim Spas can also be installed at home for daily fitness. Rigorously tested for safety, low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, Endless Pools has a product to meet virtually any need.

For more information about Endless Pools, visit http://www.endlesspools.com or contact Rob Shaeffer at 610-497-8676

For more information about Ard na Ciuin Guesthouse, visit http://www.ardnaciuin.ie.

 
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