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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

ITU Rotterdam Wrap-up: Inside the Endless Pools Tent

The Endless Pools swimming machines tent at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017 Expo
Last week, we were honored to participate in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. Accomplished triathletes, age-group and professional, stopped by the Endless Pools® tent to dip in to our signature swimming machine. 

As you can read in the Instagram captions below, these triathletes used the Endless Pool for rapid gains in their technical training, warm-ups, tapering, and just the sheer love of swimming.

Triathletes praise the Endless Pool and its adjustable swim current for a most remarkable recreation of open water conditions. With more than 50 speed settings, the pool can serve all levels of swimmer, from cool-downs to sprints to high-intensity interval training.

The Endless Pool gives these swimmers immediate and detailed feedback. Swimming in place lets them observe their technique in real time with our underwater swim mirrors; it also allows for video analysis that would be near impossible in open water.

Thanks to our Netherlands dealer, MaroZwembaden, for their invaluable assistance at the ITU Rotterdam Expo, and our congratulations to all the inspiring triathletes who made it to Rotterdam!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jay Learns to Swim … for His First Triathlon

“I knew how to swim across the pool for a beer,” Jay Stillman notes dryly. That, of course, was before … before he went to ProSwim Fitness, before he trained in their Endless Pool®, and before he completed his first triathlon just three months later.

“My sister is my inspiration,” he says appreciatively. “She’s doing an IRONMAN at 54.” His family has always been close, but with her in Florida and him in New Jersey, a little more effort has been required.

So he agreed to join her for a triathlon in her adopted hometown of Naples. “I’ve always been a runner,” he notes, and he’d been training with his road bike for about a year; but like many triathletes, he considers the swim his weakest leg.

That’s why he turned to Patti Ann Finch and the team at ProSwim Fitness – to learn to swim, to build the stamina to do it long distance, and accomplish that very quickly.

Jay Stillman in the Dual Propulsion Endless Pool at ProSwim Fitness, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Jay Stillman (front) had just three months to learn to swim for his first triathlon. Here, he's training in the Dual Propulsion Endless Pool at ProSwim Fitness. “I’m more comfortable in the Endless Pool because I can focus," he says. "You’re not thinking about turning around or looking at a line.” He's come to enjoy swimming in general because, unlike other endurance exercises, "my body never hurts when I'm done!"

Training in the Endless Pool
“I needed to go to the basics,” Jay says matter-of-factly. “The Endless Pool has helped. It gives you that feeling of water coming at you.” That’s a common sentiment among triathletes: The Endless Pool offers the best available open-water simulation.

“I’m more comfortable in the Endless Pool because I can focus. You just go. You’re not thinking about turning around or looking at a line.”

Jay approached his swimming lessons with a mix of caution and determination. “For adults, it is intimidating,” he admits. “It’s very hard to learn swimming when you’re older. But it’s doable.

“There’s no question: You can learn to swim. All adults should have swimming as an option to exercise. My body never hurts when I’m done! It’s great.”

The Big Day in Naples
On the day of the Naples triathlon, Jay recalls, “I felt prepared. We ran in [to the Gulf] and then everybody’s kicking. It was chaos.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Save the Legs! How Swimming Agility Training Can Increase Triathlete Efficiency

Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES, of Aqueous
By Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES
Owner/President of Aqueous

Goggles fill with water. A recent storm leaves a harsh current. Algae and vegetation cloud the water. It starts to rain, yet the race will go on. These are all environmental factors with which triathletes are regularly faced.

It’s easy to train for each of these: make your goggles leak so it doesn’t seem like as big of a deal; turn up your Endless Pool® current really high; smear petroleum jelly in your goggles to cloud your vision; you can even have a hose sprayed from above your Endless Pool to simulate rain. But when it comes to training versus race day, triathletes can find themselves needing not just endurance and speed, but agility.

If you train in a pool, yet compete in the ocean, your stroke will feel completely different because the stroke needs to behave differently. 

The foundational goal of swimming remains the same in either arena: perform linear acceleration in a straight line in order to reach the finish line through the path of least resistance as quickly as possible.

When you shift from the (mostly) still water of a pool to the strong pull of an open-water current, your stroke mechanics will change. The question is: will you let them change unconsciously and ineffectively, or will you intentionally adapt your stroke mechanics to achieve better efficiency and performance?

Raby Bay Triathlon 2001, photograph by mushu2011 on Flickr, some rights reserved
How do you navigate the chaos of a triathlon swim? Sports Scientist Jenni Brozena recommends that you "save the legs." That is, use her training tips to control your swim from the core, shoulders, and head for the necessary agility to deal with obstacles in the water. 
Photo by mushu2011, some rights reserved.

“Save the legs” is conventional wisdom when it comes to the swim, so let’s apply it to swim training. If you are to “save your legs,” this means that you control between the different environments using the hip complex up through the core, the shoulder complex, the force production from the stroke itself, and the head movement involved in breathing, sighting, and changing directions.

Monday, March 28, 2016

5 Tips to Diminish Your Swimming Fear by using a Controlled Environment

Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES, of Aqueous
By Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES
Owner/President of Aqueous

For many triathletes, “swim, bike, run” would sound much better as “bike and run as far away from the swim as humanly possible”.  The evolution of becoming a triathlete often begins with an athlete as a runner who later turned cyclist (normally when injuries make cross-training sound like a good idea), and then eventually it seemed silly to not conquer the swim as well. Voilà! A triathlete is born.

The adrenaline rush comes from conquering a new sport, a new training regimen, and ultimately completing the rigor of any triathlon distance. Triathletes who are not seasoned competitive swimmers can interpret the swim not only as the most challenging part of the race but a fear-evoking event.

To a novice triathlete, the sheer size of a swimming pool can be intimidating. The length of a lane does not bring much comfort either. (Proposal: as a nice gesture to those truly fearful of swimming, don’t take them to a 50-meter pool their first time.)

The question is not how can we help triathletes avoid their fear while training and racing the swim, but rather what can we teach during training to instill confidence and overcome their fear of the swim.

A controlled swimming atmosphere, like that of an Endless Pool®, creates an unintimidating environment. It also provides an opportunity to develop finely tuned motor control skills that greatly impact the triathlete’s swimming performance.
It is common for triathletes to experience heaviness in their legs while they swim; we may even see their hips drop in the water and their legs inch towards a vertical position rather than a force-producing horizontal position. This leads to an increase in energy expenditure, a “fighting” feeling against the water, and an irking feeling to a fearful swimmer that they might not make it to the swim’s endpoint. 

How can we help decrease the fear of the swimmer while also improving their kick? Here are five simple steps:

Monday, March 7, 2016

Letter from Germany: Swim to Infinity and Beyond with Endless Pools

The triathlete and blogger known as Eiswuerfel Im Schuh, in an Endless Pool, Kona 2015
‘Din,’ as she’s known in the blogosphere, is the creator of the Eiswuerfel Im Schuh blog (That’s German for “Icecubes in Shoes.”) Along with her sports photographer, she’s always on the lookout for the next challenge and new images. While at the IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro, she took up the challenge of test-swimming in the Endless Pools® swimming machines located near Kailua Pier. Here’s her report, in translation.

As a true July girl and Cancer woman, if there’s water nearby, I’m there with my swimming gear. This was no different during my Hawaiian adventure last year. From the moment I arrived in this idyllic little town, the Aquatic Center in Kona was luring me. An additional blog post about my training sessions is already in progress – more on that later. My meeting with the awesome team from Endless Pools® was much more exciting.

Nothing can beat the experience of training in the open water – especially not when the ocean is right at your doorstep. Nevertheless, I couldn’t miss the chance to accept the team’s invitation to go for a test swim in their counter-current pool.

Now, I won’t be able to have this object of desire in my cellar or garden any time soon, but I have to tell you how incredibly fun it was. … It’s also a super-practical and unquestionably effective training tool. At about four by two meters, it’s compact, but if the current’s pace gets too quick for you, you can easily stand up in it. The back wall is close, so you’re more likely to end up against that before you’d sink.

The German triathlete/blogger Din with Endless Pools founder James Murdock at the IRONMAN World Championship Expo, Kona, 2015
Triathlete and blogger Din takes her inaugural swim against the Endless Pools swim current at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October 2015. Her takeaway: the Endless Pool is "an effective way to train for everyone" with a "really high fun factor." At the helm, the swimming machine's inventor, James Murdock, set the pace.

We start by reviewing the most important facts, and yes, some people have pools like this in their cellar. I can’t get over my amazement.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Triathlete Finds his Tribe

Dr. Max Henry, ophthalmologist and triathlete
“It’s the camaraderie,” he reflects. Dr. Max Henry, age 62, has recently found himself at the center of a training club. “I’ve been a triathlete most of my life. Basically I trained on my own.” Now, he has about 20 compatriots who turn to him as the heart of their little community. In addition to his decades of experience, Dr. Henry offers the lake behind his house and the High Performance Endless Pools® swimming machine in his basement.

“Now, it’s fun to train,” he says of their regular Sunday evening sessions. “What I’m getting out of it is seeing all of these other fellow triathletes improve. I’m able to help them out [with] the Endless Pool, to give them to opportunity to improve themselves.”

The group capitalizes on the stroke training opportunities afforded by in-place swimming. “A lot of these people are not swimmers,” the doctor notes. “They’re bikers or runners. So my son and I are in the pool; usually I’m coaching, and he’s using the GoPro. When they swim for 10 or 15 minutes, they’ll get out of the water, review their own video, and see what they’re doing wrong. We put it on each person’s cell phone so they can take it home and study it. It’s worth a thousand words.”

When the Indiana winters make it too cold for a lake swim, “The Endless Pool is the only way we can get a continuous swim without doing flip turns,” he says gratefully.

It's a family affair at Max Henry's Sunday triathlon club! As you can see in this video, kids and family members enliven the atmosphere, even while the serious business of stroke refinement continues. Max's son, the accomplished triathlete Malachi, handles the GoPro to give each swimmer a video to study at home.

The Endless Pools current also “simulates some of the reality of our swims,” he finds. “In Panama City, we had to swim against the waves. Some of my colleagues swim against the current in the Ohio River or the Chattanooga River, where some of our competitions are. So the [Endless Pools] current gives you a little idea of what you’re swimming against and how that water pushes against your body, in particular your chest. You have to use a little more upper body strength to overcome the current and speed you along.”

For any athlete, that added strength training is a big plus. “I feel that the current is actually making my upper body stronger because you have to overcome more than just your arm movements; you have to overcome the movement of the water that’s going against you.”

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IRONMAN Athletes in Kona Say...

Triathlon's biggest event -- the IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro -- is set for this weekend, and world-class athletes are already in Kailua-Kona training for the big day. Endless Pools® has been offering test-swims in our two pools (with underwater treadmills) just steps from the race's swim start, Kailua Pier. Here's what some of those swimmers have been sharing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3 Questions for Pete Jacobs, 2012 Ironman World Champ

2012 IRONMAN World Champion Pete Jacobs
In 2012, triathlete Pete Jacobs made his dream come true. After nine years as a pro, he was crowned IRONMAN® World Champion in Kona. Not content to rest on his laurels, this fall he installed an Endless Pools Fastlane® for at-home swim training. 

At next month’s IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro, Pete will host a meet-and-greet at the Endless Pool booth by Kailua Pier on Thursday, October 8, at 11:00 am (follow us on Twitter for updates). In advance of the Kona festivities, we asked Pete three questions about his newest training tool.

1. Why Pete Chose the Fastlane by Endless Pools
“My first swim against an Endless Pool current was many years ago at a triathlon expo. It was a tough workout, realistic to normal swim stroke, and being able to be watched or watch others swim on the spot is a huge benefit.

“Jaimie [Pete’s wife, an age-grouper] and I decided to put a pool in at our house in a very small area surrounded by a deck and our house on 3 sides. We wanted an in-ground pool, 3m x 6m, which obviously is not large enough to swim laps in, so I was excited by the prospect of swimming on the spot, any time of day or night without having to travel to a pool.

“I looked at other options, but nothing came close to the power and feel of the Fastlane. Also, dealing with a company that has been so involved with triathlon for so long is a nice bonus of confidence and service.”

A video posted by Pete Jacobs (@petejjacobs) on
2. How Pete Trains in his Fastlane
“It took a few different approaches to get to know more about the Fastlane. At first I tested out the power of it, swimming against it at full speed, resting to the back wall, then sprinting up to it again. I then tried longer sustained swimming at a medium pace.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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

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.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Team Endless Pools Kicks Off the 2015 Race Season

At Endless Pools®, we don’t just make and sell the pools; we use them to train! Here are just a few of the employees who’ve participated in triathlons and other races already this season. Some of them were inspired not only by their own competitive spirit, but by the fighting spirit of their loved ones.

Endless Pools' Jackie Randall jump-starts the Escape the Cape triathlon, June 2015.
Jackie Randall (Marketing) takes a 15-foot leap from the Cape May Ferry to kick off her Escape the Cape sprint-distance triathlon. If you look closely, you'll see ink on her right arm. “I wrote ‘For Dad’ on my forearms," she says, "to honor my dad’s strength in fighting his relapse of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for the second time.”

Endless Pools' Dustin Danesi and his wife Jackie in the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon, June 2015.
Dustin Danesi (Customer Relations, here with his wife, Jackie) biked nearly 67 miles in the 43rd Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon. All the way from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to the boardwalk of Atlantic City, he says, “I wore a pink Superman shirt in support of breast cancer awareness and my good friend, Gabe,” then still in treatment after her diagnosis earlier this year.  His getup inspired “cheers and encouragement the whole way.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LISTEN: the Brownlees Build (and Podcast) their Legacy

At ages 27 and 25, superstar triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee aren’t waiting for retirement to build a lasting legacy. “We want to create a big triathlon centre in Leeds,” declares Alistair, and their Elite Endless Pool® facility “is part of that.”

Aquatread, as they’ve named that facility, has been helping world-class pros and local amateurs since its 2014 soft opening. The 2015 grand opening, documented in this streaming-only podcast, includes extraordinary stories of Aquatread’s almost immediate impact.

Aquatread boasts a winning combination in gifted Head Coach Rhys Davey and their Endless Pool’s swim current. In this podcast, you’ll hear details of these success stories:
  • Runner Adam Peers, who “couldn’t swim at all,” learned in the Endless Pool and “ended up winning” the 2014 Brownlee Triathlon Super Sprint.
  • Olympic triathlete Vicky Holland identified “faults” in her stroke with the Endless Pool’s underwater video and floor mirrors. Though “all quite subtle,” she notes, “they were definitely things to work on.”
  • Novice triathlete Caroline Dixon “hated swimming,” “got nowhere” with conventional swim lessons, but reports “amazing” results from her Aquatread lessons.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

VIDEO: From “Demented Octopus” to Efficient Swimmer in One Hour

How much improvement can you make in a one-hour swim lesson? Quite a bit, if you’re novice triathlete Gareth Jones and you’re training in the Elite Endless Pool® with Coach John Wood of Tri-Coaching! They’ve supplied before and after videos from their first one-on-one session to show Gareth’s remarkable advances.

Gareth completed his first triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca, just last May. “I had such a miserable swim,” he recounts. “I learned to swim as a child, but I don’t think I learned to swim properly. I knew I was inefficient. I was really struggling.”

In Coach Wood’s assessment, “Gareth was swimming ‘through’ the water rather than over it. [His] hips were about six inches below the surface, and as a result, they were swinging from side to side. … His stroke was quite short and ineffectual, and his knees were bending when he was kicking.”

Gareth sums up his stroke as “thrashing around like a demented octopus!” You can supply your own aquatic metaphor after watching the ‘before’ video here:

So what changed over the next hour? “Pretty much everything,” in Gareth’s assessment. “We started off with body position, then the kick and body rotation, then the arms. By the end of the session, I was swimming with considerably less effort and at a faster speed.”

Both coach and swimmer agree that the Endless Pool contributed significantly to the rapid advances. “The big benefit is the camera and the mirror,” Gareth observes. “It’s difficult for you to visualize what you do. The mirror was really useful to keep my eye on my head position and what my arms were doing.”

Coach Wood echoes the belief that the pool’s “constant feedback” aided Gareth. “More importantly,” he adds, “I could control the speed of the tank, stopping him from trying to go too hard.” Gareth also appreciated that, with his coach in charge of the Endless Pool’s variable-speed swim current, he could “keep me in the right place as I was speeding up.”

“By the end, it was a lot straighter,” Gareth attests. “I was on the surface of the water rather than having a large proportion underneath it.” You can see the end-of-session video here:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How Triathlete Raul Tejada Made the Leap to Pro

Raul Tejada, professional triathlete and Endless Pools Fastlane owner.
Most triathletes enter the field from one of the sports’ three disciplines. Raul Tejada transitioned from motocross.

“When I was 4 years old, my dad bought me a motocross bike,” he recalls. He dedicated himself to off-roading – even coming to the U.S. to train with other aspiring professionals – until age 19; at the suggestion of friends who saw “the toughness that I have because of motocross,” he entered his first triathlon … and won.

Instantly hooked, Raul followed up with an impressive string of age-group victories. Last year, at age 25, he turned pro. His first year as a professional went “better than I expected,” with the Guatemalan triathlete landing on the podium at the IRONMAN 70.3 in Cozumel.

Still, he finds the transition to be “a huge challenge.” Going from being “a fast age-grouper” to “a nobody” on the pro circuit “hasn’t been easy. But I love [it] because it challenges me everyday to become faster!”

To other young triathletes looking to make the leap, Raul suggests a two-tiered strategy: “time and consistency.” “Everything in life takes time,” he observes. “Never give up. Just focus on training well with the best equipment on the market! The Endless Pool has helped so much on my weakest leg.”

After his first Endless Pool® swim exceeded his expectations, he installed a Fastlane® swim-current generator in his home pool. Now, he’s devoted to the Endless Pool swim current for it’s ability to let him concentrate on a faster, more efficient stroke.

Triathlete Raul Tejada gives thumbs-up to his Endless Pool Fastlane.
Professional triathlete Raul Tejada gives thumbs-up to his Endless Pools Fastlane®. “It’s awesome,” he enthuses. “I use it everyday” for convenient, at-home stroke training. The 26-year-old up-and-comer credits his Fastlane with helping him “to be more efficient and use less energy on the swim leg.”

“It’s awesome swimming against the Fastlane. I use it everyday,” he says. “I love jumping in the pool to get a quick non-stop Endless Pool session!”

Without the traffic or crowded lanes of the nearest gym pool, Raul’s backyard Fastlane makes it easier for him to “get my training done. The current also makes your stroke be more consistent and accurate!”

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bucks County Tri Club Takes the Endless Pools Challenge

This spring, Endless Pools® is hosting free Stroke Training and Tri Sprint Challenges for triathlon clubs in the vicinity of our Philadelphia-area showroom.

Last weekend, the Bucks County Triathlon Club joined us for a morning of coaching and competition. After her swim coaching, BCTC Member Wendy F. gushed, “I love the Endless Pool. They [our showroom features multiple models] were fantastic to swim in; the workout far exceeded a typical pool workout as you were constantly moving. I will be looking to put one in a garage or outside in my next house.”

Adam Alper coaches a BCTC member at the Endless Pool Factory Showroom, March 15, 2015.
A member of the Bucks County Tri Club takes a breather during his free stroke-training session with Adam Alper, Mid-Atlantic Multisport Assistant Coach (and Endless Pools’ Applications Engineer). The sessions earned praise from BCTC members, one of whom left with “insightful corrections” to her technique, thanks to the Endless Pool’s unparalleled coaching perspective.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Tracy Sharp is on Her Way to Swimming “Perfection”

“I absolutely hated swimming,” recalls Tracy Sharp. And it’s no wonder: when she first started sprint triathlons about three years ago, “I could swim a length and be gasping for air.” Then she started training with Coach Mary Hardwick in the Endless Pool® at Inspire2Tri studio. With progress came comfort … and even some enjoyment!

The video below documents that progress, contrasting Tracy’s stroke last February with her stroke in December. “Even I was amazed!” she says now; “I’ve come a long way.” When first shown the video by Coach Hardwick, Tracy recounts, “I said, ‘Was I really that bad?’ She said, ‘No, you’re that good!’”

For her swim progress, Tracy gives “thanks to the Endless Pool. It’s just fantastic!” The adjustable-speed current keeps each swim just challenging enough, even as she gets stronger and faster. And as seen here, the video technology lets swimmers fine-tune their stroke (and see progress over time!). Plus, the water in the Endless Pool is always “just the right temperature,” which is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill cold-water pool. “I’d be lost without the Endless Pool ... It’s heaven-sent!”

This video documents swimmer Tracy Sharp’s development, from February to December 2014, in the Endless Pool at Inspire2Tri training studio. Coach Mary Hardwick points out four significant areas of improvement: body position, rotation and extension, catch and pull “with ‘feel’ for the water,” and timing/rhythm. Mary concedes that Tracy’s technique is a “work in progress still, but what progress!”

Monday, November 24, 2014

How Pro Triathlete Luke McKenzie Trains between Diaper Changes

“It’s been a very interesting year, to say the least,” reports Luke McKenzie, and with good reason. Early in 2014, the Australian-born professional triathlete settled in California with his partner, fellow triathlete Beth Gerdes; in June, their daughter Wynne entered the world. Now, on a sunny November afternoon, “we got the pool going in the backyard, so I couldn’t be happier!”

The pool is an Elite Endless Pool®. The 33-year-old McKenzie wanted the most challenging swim current, and the Elite’s twin-propeller system has already proven to be more than up to the task. After documenting his inaugural swim on Instagram, he commented, “I tried setting it on 1 min/100-yard pace and almost got blown out the back of the pool!” For the record, that’s nine seconds shy of the Elite’s top speed.

Professional triathlete Luke McKenzie takes his inaugural swim in the Elite Endless Pool in his California backyard.
“I tried setting it on 1 min/100-yard pace and almost got blown out the back of the pool!” That’s according to professional triathlete Luke McKenzie, who'd just installed an Elite Endless Pool in his backyard. After finishing 2nd at the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship, he’s using his backyard Endless Pool for stroke and transition training.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

REV3 says Goodbye and Hello from Venice

REV3 had a bittersweet finale in Venice, Florida. The final triathlon of their 2014 season – of which Endless Pools® was a proud sponsor – was also the last event ever under the Revolution3 banner. For more about the bright future of the family-friendly triathlon series, read on....

Canadian test-swimmer Troy in the Performance Endless Pool at the REV3 triathlon in Venice, Floriday, on Friday, November 7, 2014.
“That’s awesome! I was really surprised at how realistically it felt like swimming.” That’s the assessment of the Endless Pools Performance current from Troy, who came all the way from Saskatchewan to participate in the final REV3 Triathlon in Venice, Florida. Even though our reputation preceded us for most of the weekend’s test-swimmers, they consistently found their expectations exceeded by the current’s smooth strength. Apparently, swimming is belieiving!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Tris of Autumn: REV3 takes Anderson, SC

The leaves are falling as triathlon season winds to a close. But not before the penultimate REV3 of the 2014 season electrified Anderson, SC.

Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this past weekend’s REV3 triathlon used scenic Lake Hartwell as the swim venue. A man-made reservoir on the Georgia border, Lake Hartwell is a popular, family-friendly recreation area adjacent to the Clemson TigersMemorial Stadium.

Onlookers watch a test-swimmer in the Endless Pool at the REV3 triathlon Expo in Anderson, SC, on October 11, 2014.
Lake Hartwell wasn’t the only swim venue for the REV3 triathlon in Anderson, SC. The Expo featured our Commercial Performance Pool. Triathletes have praised our pools for their smooth, fully adjustable current; when open waters are unavailable or inconvenient, an indoor or outdoor Endless Pool provides the next best thing. In-place swimming also delivers unparalleled coaching opportunities! Hopefully this swimmer’s tan-lined friend is taking notes.

A test-swimmer in the Endless Pool at the REV3 triathlon in Anderson, SC, on October 11, 2014.
Besides attending the REV3 Expos with our Performance Pool for test-swims like this one, Endless Pools’ participation in the REV3 2014 season also includes our Fastlane® Sweepstakes. With wall- and deck-mount options, the Fastlane swim-current generator turns any pool into an Endless Pool. To win one for your pool (or for the pool owner in your life), you can enter at the final U.S. REV3 of the year or online through year’s end.

REV3 athlete #452 test-swims in the Endless Pool at the REV3 triathlon in Anderson, SC, October 11, 2014.
Athlete #452 finished the swim in the top third of his age group! An impressive achievement, to be sure; but experience tells us that, with continued Endless Pool training, he could develop further to achieve a new PB. With its industry-best swim current and instant-feedback tools like swim mirrors and video-recording equipment, Endless Pools have long helped swimmers to build endurance and fine-tune technique.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Former “Chubby Swimmer” Simon Burdock Shapes Up & Pays it Forward

Simon Burdock, completing the Blenheim Palace Triathlon, June 2014, as seen from his Facebook wall.

“What happened to the chubby swimmer that only managed 10 yards before giving up 2yrs ago eh?!” That pointed question, posted as a Facebook comment, comes from Dr. Mary Hardwick. For two years now, she’s been using the Endless Pool® at her Inspire2tri studio to coach Simon Burdock, the man you see here, finishing this summer’s Blenheim Palace Triathlon in the top third.

So what exactly did happen to Simon Burdock, besides simply getting “his arse off the sofa” as he commented in reply?

Then, as now, he was a family man running his own construction company. But then, he recalls, “I was overweight. I’d never done any sport. My knees aren’t particularly good.” One day, his proverbial arse was quite literally on his sofa as he watched the Great North Swim on television. A competitor with a similarly large build told the TV presenter why she was swimming Lake Windermere: “Me and four friends decided to do this. Then my friends bailed,” he recalls her saying. Impressed at what she achieved on her own, he thought to himself, “If she can do that, there’s no reason I can’t get off my backside and give it a go.”

He went to a nearby lake … and briefly reconsidered: “There’s no way I can swim around that.” That’s when a chance encounter with another swimmer led him to Mary. “She’s got this fantastic pool,” he recalls being told.

“Pretty dreadful, really,” is Simon Burdock’s assessment of his first swim lesson, recorded here for posterity, in Coach Mary Hardwick’s Endless Pool. As you can see in this time-lapse video, over 17 months, his stroke sharpened, with more catch; his body leveled out; and he graduated from a wetsuit to jammers. “The pool has been brilliant; I can see what’s wrong and what’s right.” Of his progress, Simon notes, “Each time I went, I concentrated on just one thing. I’d get that right and then focus on the next thing.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

High Winds and Little Kids at REV3 Cedar Point

This weekend, Endless Pools® again joined the excitement at the REV3 family-friendly triathlon, this time in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point, a 364-acre amusement park situated along Lake Erie, served as the venue. Between the races and the roller coasters, participants found time to take a cooling or vigorous swim in our Performance Pool.

Four-year-old Max takes on the Endless Pools swim current at the REV3 Triathlon in Sandusky, OH, on Saturday, September 6, 2014. (1 of 2)
Four-year-old Max takes on the Endless Pools swim current at the REV3 Triathlon in Sandusky, OH, on Saturday, September 6, 2014. (2 of 2)
Four-year-old Max Carmona was too small for our goggles, but that didn’t stop him from taking a 5-minute swim! The swim current in our Performance Pool adjusts for just about every level – a push of a button slows it from a speed that challenges the adult triathletes down to a gentler pace for little Max.

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