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

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."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Swim Faster with the SwimSmooth & Endless Pools Video Series

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Swim Smooth Founder and Head Coach Paul Newsome
Internationally acclaimed swim coach Paul Newsome just kicked off a series of stroke training videos from his backyard pool. The first five videos in a planned series of 25 are now available on the Endless Pools YouTube channel.

Newsome is the Founder and Head Coach of Swim Smooth, the methodology designed to improve your efficiency in the water and maximize your training time. The Swim Smooth instruction system has been utilized by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and in 119 countries.

The videos benefit from the fully adjustable swim current of the Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane mounts to the deck or wall of almost any traditional pool. With Endless Pools' in-place swimming capability, you can monitor your own stroke, either in real time using our underwater mirrors or with video for review after.




Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Week in Swimming

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A swimmer dressed as Superman diving into Lake Geneva for the 78th Coupe de Noël
You’ll love the extraordinary photos in this article on the roots and realities of ice swimming. (NY Times) These ice swimmers may even be getting added health benefits. (Spectator)

As Speedo and Swimming Australia end their sponsorship agreement, take a look back at their 60-year partnership in photos. (Guardian)

A swimmer considers the reputation of college swimming in light of Princeton’s suspension of their men’s season. (Swimming World)

Former Navy SEAL Chris Ring reflects on his historic 2,300-mile Mississippi River swim. (Tennessean)

Get inspired by 11-year-old Paralympic swimmer Luke Batty, already a National Champion with big plans for his future (Manchester Evening News) and by a woman with multiple sclerosis who just completed her 2016 resolution to swim one million yards (ABC13, with video).

Why triathletes should be careful about what they learn from single-sport pool swimmers. (Triathlete Europe)

From Nevada City to Bondi, explore 14 of the world’s best swimming spots. (Matador Network)

After completing a charity swim across Lake Malawi, a swimmer raised close to £2,000 more by accepting a dare to check in at the airport in his Speedo. (Telegraph)


To an uninitiated observer, ice swimming can seem peculiar. From afar, it might look like normal swimming in any lake. But while watching groups of half-naked people splashing into water 41 degrees or less, your mind naturally struggles to comprehend why. WHY? #Iceswimming has deep roots in Europe, where many believe it provides restorative health benefits. Only within the last decade have organizations begun formalizing these rituals. As in many extreme sports, participants embrace the opportunity to learn about themselves. But the risk to the body is real. Christof Wandratsch — photographed here by @juliengoldstein — is a lifelong competitive swimmer. The 49-year-old begins the acclimatization process in September, swimming an hour and a half in 68-degree water. These days, in water 40 degrees and below, he trains for 20 minutes at most. Whenever possible, Christof goes sockless in the winter. He takes frequent cold showers. But he didn’t heed his coach’s suggestion to sleep outside in his garden. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the swimmers with ice water in their veins. #???
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??DECEMBER 20: JANE ASHER ?? She quit counting world records after breaking 100 of them. With smooth technique she swims faster than most triathletes. At 85 she swam 200 meter freestyle on 3:12 during 2016. This Water-loving Lady was born in Rhodesia, but female duties and circumstances pushed her away from swimming. Losing her husband in her sixties she found her way back to swimming. After replacing both hips in 2000 her record breaking journey started. Here are her times after turning 80: SCM: 50 free (37.67) 100 free (1:24.44) 200 free (3:01.61) 400 free (6:34.92) 50 back (46.10) 100 back (1:44.88) 200 back (3:42.88) 50 fly (45.57) 100 IM (1:42.46) 400 IM (8:07.34) ?THIS SWIM CALENDAR recognizes women, one each day from December 1st to Christmas Eve. They all have taken swimming to the next level. ? TO SUPPORT THE WOMEN that has the hardest of times right now, make a donation on @lighthouserelief - link in my bio or REPOST this ------------------------------- #swimming #swimmingworld #swimswam #natacion #natação #windsor2016 #simning #vansbrosimningen #crossfit #swimrun #simkalender #swimbikerun #triswim #natcion #femaleathlete #femaleswimmer #simmasverige #gbswimming #swimcalendar2016 #roadbike #bikelife #like4like #likeforlike #canyonbike #trekbikes #cervelo #triathlon
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

David Adams: Helping Swimmers Feel at One with the Water

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Swim instructor Dave Adams in the Original Endless Pool at Wave Cloud Swim School
“I don’t try to swim anywhere; the end of the pool comes to me. You get in a state of oneness. It sounds totally crazy! I try to get to the highest state of consciousness through swimming. I become the center, and everything moves around me. … Do you know what I mean?”

Well, do you? Surfer/swim coach David Adams may not provide your run-of-the-mill swim instruction. (“My approach is quite unique,” he insists. “I’m fairly certain I’m the only one in the world doing it this way.”) But at his Endless Pools® training facility, Wave Cloud Swim School, he gets results.

The Triathlete Who Couldn’t Swim
“The first time he put his face in water was in the Endless Pool in my house,” Adams says of Dan, a swimming student. Adams finds that the Endless Pool makes an approachable introduction. “It’s not a big, intimidating pool.”

“We start with basics: floating, breathing,” he recalls. “For every action, there’s a breath that goes with it.” All seemed on track with Adams’ organic approach until, as he recalls, Dan told him, “‘I have a triathlon in four weeks.’”

Adams felt confident that he could prepare Dan for his first open-water swim. “The Endless Pool gets them used to the current. They already know what to expect. It’s a truly amazing tool. I just love it!”

“His first time out [in the open water] and he’s swimming across the river. He’s so focused on his breath. It was the first time he’s ever not able to touch the bottom. Literally, after eight or nine hours of swimming in the Endless Pool!”


Mr. Universe Used to Sink
Not all of Adams’ students approach swimming quite like he does. His clientele includes people he describes as “all gym-ified. They want to go quickly. I tell them what we’re doing is more like ballet than football. It’s not a sport.”

Perhaps his most ‘gym-ified’ client is a former Mr. Universe. “He’s never been able to swim,” reports Adams. “He’s a bit embarrassed.”

So how do you teach someone who has the opposite of a ‘swimmer’s build’? Adams quickly decided that freestyle was not the correct approach.

“He’s not able to get enough purchase with his forearms. … We’re going straight to butterfly purely because he’s a bit like a dolphin: just pure muscle – and he doesn’t float!”

Of course, that was before he worked with Adams in the Endless Pool. By now, expect that Mr. Universe feels at one with the water.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tom Ward: Triathlon Coach on a Mission

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the logo for Passion Fit, Tom Ward's triathlon coaching studio
When Tom Ward abandoned his 17-year banking career to found Passion Fit as a full-time triathlon coach, he wanted to do at least three things differently than he’d experienced them. He wanted a welcoming culture; he wanted an Endless Pool®; and most personally, he wanted to empower survivors of domestic abuse.

Discovering Triathlon
“In 2011, I signed up for my first ever triathlon: IRONMAN Lanzarote,” Tom recalls. Then 34, he’d just retired from 20 years of competitive field hockey and felt pressured into it by his father-in-law. “I never intended to follow it beyond that one race. It was just a challenge.

“I enjoyed it much more than expected. That feeling of crossing the finish line – it’s hard to explain. I signed up for the UK’s 70.3 just three weeks later.”

He progressed in the sport relatively quickly. “In September 2014,” he notes, “I finished IRONMAN Wales and qualified for Kona,” a bit ahead of the four-year plan he’d set for himself.

Triathlon coach Tom Ward and the Performance Endless Pool at his Passion Fit studio.
Tom Ward has good reason to look proud. In the five years since he discovered triathlon, he's finished the IRONMAN World Championship at Kona and made a mid-career shift to found Passion Fit, his own coaching studio with a Performance Endless Pool. Team Passion Fit is "centered around attitude and culture, not ability." He specifically welcomes domestic abuse survivors who need "the self-esteem that endurance sports give you."

Changing Course
Tom had already achieved professional success as a senior bank manager, but he found it decreasingly fulfilling. “I always wanted a career in athletics,” and he realized that triathlon coaching paired well with his other passion: helping domestic abuse survivors.

“My mom was badly abused,” he notes matter-of-factly. “We experienced quite a lot. My mother and I decided we would be support for women in abusive relationships.”

The concept became his coaching studio, Passion Fit. But it meant abandoning what had been a lucrative career. “Much to my wife’s frustration, it took me about 48 hours to decide. I literally decided to walk away in two days.”
Transformation at Kona
“For an amateur athlete, it’s as close as you can get to going to the Olympics,” enthuses Tom about the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona. He calls it both “a bit of a circus” and “the most incredible experience.”

“I first swam in the Endless Pool in Kona” at the triathlon’s expo. “It completely convinced me that this was the way forward” for Passion Fit.
“First, the visual feedback is hugely important,” he reports of the pool’s underwater mirrors and cameras. “I find it difficult through verbal coaching to improve my own swimming. In that one swim, I was able to make some fundamental adjustments.”

He’s since found similar success with his own Performance Endless Pool for his clients and the triathletes on Team Passion Fit. “In one session, I can progress a client what would take four sessions in a normal pool.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Andrew Starykowicz: How Endless Pools Skills Translate to Open Water

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professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz
Last week, professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz (STARK-o-witz) recounted how he used his Performance Endless Pool® to quicken his recovery from 2015 bone-spur surgery. Andrew came back to win the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans. Today, he discusses other benefits to his triathlon training in his basement Endless Pool and how it helps him in open water.

Going into the 2016 season, I found myself preferring the Endless Pool to the lap pool for many reasons. 

The first is the convenience; I could take the baby monitor and get a swim in after my wife leaves for work and before my daughter wakes up. 

The second is that it was something new to swim in a pool without flip turns.  The difference between a traditional pool and an insane asylum is the pools walls are not padded; the hours of going back and forth made it hard for me to get motivated to swim.

The third is that I could do pace-based training in the water. So many athletes love their treadmills or cycle trainers because they can set a pace and then execute their work out perfectly. I adapted this technique and mentality to the pool. The Endless Pool allowed me to lock in and focus on how to maintain a pace with minimal energy exerted.  This became my challenge in every workout: how little can I work to hit goal paces.  I had literally stopped trying to swim fast and just make fast paces easier.

Professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz on an open-water swim
"The difference between a traditional pool and an insane asylum is the pools walls are not padded," quips professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz. Clearly a fan of open water swimming, he prefers training in his Performance Endless Pool  for its lack of flip turns, as well as for its convenience and the ability to do pace-based training. He trained solely in the Endless Pool before completing the 2016 IRONMAN Puerto Rico 70.3 swim in a stellar 24:25.

Going into the first event for 2016, I was quite nervous because I had not been in an actual pool yet; training had consisted exclusively of swimming in the Endless Pool, so IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico would be the test.  The field had a few of the fastest swimmers in the sport, and I knew that if anything other than my “A” game would leave me out of contention.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Andrew Starykowicz: From the Top to the Bottom and Back

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professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz
Professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz (pronounced STARK-o-witz) has had quite a journey! In the first installment of his two-part post, he details his recovery from hip surgery – part of which was performed in the Performance Endless Pool® in his basement.

Every athlete gets injured – heck, everybody gets injured – and it is then we learn how important our health is.  When you go from being able to swim 10,000 yards, bike 200 miles, and run 20 miles one weekend to not being able to get up and get a beer out of the fridge the next weekend, it is at that point that therapy devices become an integral part of life.

This is where my journey with Endless Pools® began.  In the midst of training for absolute dominance at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, I was struggling with injuries. When I was healthy for any period of time, I was winning races. Come the end of the season, I had to withdraw midrace at Kona. 

Getting the Bad News
It was a month after the season, when physical therapy was not improving my condition, that I learned that I had a bone spur on the head of my femur that was making Swiss cheese out of the laburum in my hip. This required a hip arthroscopy with Dr. Nho of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. It was the start of a long journey back.

I then realized that I would need to utilize tools that I had not used before to get healthy and stay healthy. In addition to my recovery, my wife and I were having a baby, so time was coming at a premium. 

Immediately after surgery, I learned that this surgery’s comeback would be a lot longer than I had originally thought. No pushing off the walls swimming, kicking while swimming, running, any of that for 4 months. The doctors knew from therapy that I would push the envelope on whatever they said I could do, so they kept the lid on it. During this time I was able to get in the Endless Pool and get in pull-sets to maintain some fitness.

Professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz at T1, IRONMAN Texas, May 14, 2016
At this May's IRONMAN Texas, professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz started strong with a 48:51 swim. Just 18 months earlier, he'd had hip surgery that left him unable to train on dry land. He now credits the Performance Endless Pool in his basement with helping him get back on track quickly enough to earn praise (and shock) from his doctors.

Active Recovery
At the four-month mark, the lid was opened a bit. I was able to resume normal swimming (still no pushing off the walls) and assisted running. In most situations this meant running with an Alter-G, but with access to the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill, I started walking and eventually running a lot sooner without bearing my full weight.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jay Learns to Swim … for His First Triathlon

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“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 27, 2016

VIDEO: Triathlete Mark Buckingham Takes the Yonda/Endless Pools Challenge

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How long does it take for GB Elite Triathlete Mark Buckingham to get into his Yonda® Ghost Wetsuit, swim 100 meters in the Endless Pool®, and then get out of his wetsuit? That was the challenge at last month's Swim Expo, and it earned one participant her own Ghost wetsuit for her predictive skills!

You can watch video of the entire challenge after the jump.

GB Elite Triathlete Mark Buckingham completing the Yonda/Endless Pools Challenge at Swim Expo, Manchester UK, March 2016
Professional triathlete Mark Buckingham suits up, strips down, and declares victory! At last month's Swim Expo in Manchester, Mark completed both -- with a 100-meter Endless Pools swim in between -- in just 1:53. One lucky participant won her own Yonda Ghost wetsuit for the most accurate prediction of how long it would take. Photos courtesy of Richard Asquith.

GB Elite Triathlete Mark Buckingham swimming in the Performance Endless Pool at SwimExpo in Manchester, March 2016.
Mark swam in the Performance Endless Pool's demanding top pace of a brisk 1:11/100m. The Performance model has a swim current that's about 30% larger than that of our standard model. With two propellers, it provides a smoother current too. Triathletes favor the Endless Pool for convenient home swim training with no flip turns. Photo courtesy of Richard Asquith.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

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Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES, of Aqueous
By Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES
Owner/President of Aqueous
www.aqueous.co

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Video: The Brownlee Brothers at Home

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Olympic triathletes Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee
“Swimming is a very technical sport,” observes Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee. “Of the three sports in triathlon, it’s definitely the one you can make the most gains in technically.”

To develop technical swimming skills, Alistair and his brother, Olympic bronze medalist Jonny, use their Elite Endless Pool®.

Alistair finds Endless Pools’ underwater swim mirrors particularly useful. “Everyone who swims knows that what you feel you’re doing with your hands and what you’re actually doing are two very different things,” he says wryly.

Interviewed in this video by popular UK television presenter Charlie Webster, the Brownlees also recount how they’ve used the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill for injury rehab.


“I tore my Achilles in early 2012,” Alistair recalls “I missed probably six weeks, if not more, of running in the crucial six months before the Olympics, and I wanted to catch that up. ... The Endless Pool allowed me to do that.” And that would be his gold-medal victory!

When Jonny had a stress fracture, he reports being “told I wasn’t going to be able to run for 12 weeks. … Thanks to the Endless Pool, I was back in seven or eight weeks.”

“You’re still getting the same long workout,” he notes, “but you’re not getting the same impact on the ground.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Video: Pete Jacobs at Kona

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2012 IRONMAN World Champion Pete Jacobs
“I don’t swim in squads; I swim on my own,” notes professional triathlete Pete Jacobs. “I’ve got a pool at home, it’s got a Fastlane® in it. It’s such an advantage for me.”

In 2012, Pete won the IRONMAN World Championship. He sat out the race in 2015 due to injuries, but he still came to Kona in support of the triathlon community.

While on the island, he stopped by the Endless Pools® booth near Kailua Bay, swim start, where we shot this video.

In just under two minutes, Pete discusses his swimming training and what he’s learned in his decade-plus triathlon career.


Pete trains at home in his own Endless Pools Fastlane, our swim-current generator that easily installs in traditional pools.

“It’s just such an advantage for me because I like training at home,” he notes; and with three disciplines to train for, being able to swim at home – no commute, no flip turns – is a huge time-saver!

“I’ve got 15 minutes free?” Pete asks. “I can just jump in, loosen up and get a really good feeling out of swimming. It’s like being a kid again!”

Monday, March 28, 2016

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

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Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES, of Aqueous
By Jenni Brozena, MS, CSCS, CES
Owner/President of Aqueous
www.aqueous.co

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 21, 2016

VIDEO: Swimming tips with Pete Jacobs

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2012 IRONMAN World Champion Pete Jacobs
How did Pete Jacobs become the 2012 IRONMAN® World Champion? Partly by achieving the third fastest swim split in the event’s history! In this video, he swims against the Endless Pools Fastlane® in his home pool to show us how it’s done.

Like all world-class athletes, Pete knows that being the best is not the same as being perfect. He employs slow motion and freeze frames to document his stroke’s flaws, mostly with hand entry and arm position.

Helpfully, he also points out what he’s doing right. Watch him detail the efficiency of his body alignment, for instance.

Think of this video as a four-minute master class in open water swimming. Enjoy!


The Fastlane swim-current generator installs easily in new or existing pools. As with all Endless Pools swimming machines, the Fastlane lets you adjust the current to perfectly suit your stroke. Whether you're an Ironman triathlete or just learning to swim, the Fastlane's fully adjustable current can match your ability now and give you room to grow. 

You’ll also see Pete testing his new blueseventy® Helix wetsuit; the 2016 design features shorter legs for quicker transitions.

In sharing this video, Pete writes, “Let me know what else you struggle with, and I'll post more specific vids.” So subscribe to his YouTube channel; it’s not everyday that a professional triathlete offers you a free lesson!

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Monday, March 7, 2016

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

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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.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Training’s a Family Affair at ProSwim Fitness

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Marty, Patti Ann, and Bernie Finch of ProSwim Fitness
‘Train together, stay together” seems to be the motto at ProSwim Fitness. The wet/dry personal training studio in Mount Laurel, N.J., is family-run, and “it’s definitely a strength,” according to Bernie Finch (pictured, right). “We treat each client as a family member. We have similar goals.”

Indeed, they do. The family matriarch, Patti Ann (center), is a ProSwim personal trainer who has completed five marathons and several triathlons. Their son, Marty (left), also a trainer, competes in survival runs and obstacle courses. Bernie himself has a long coaching and competition background. 

A Twofer of a Business Plan
“We wanted to open a personal training studio,” Bernie recalls, but their wet/dry training niche wasn’t the original plan. “When we saw the Endless Pools [at a triathlon expo], I thought, ‘we should add something unique.’ We saw how they worked and the video analysis. We saw such a great advantage.”

The clincher may have been the Endless Pools underwater treadmill. “That’s awesome for training and for people who want to take the pounding off their body,” he thought then. That helps give ProSwim Fitness a competitive versatility in their pool training options.

On the dry land side, ProSwim offers programs for a broad range of clients and goals: traditional Strength Training; Functional Movement Training, which uses body weight exercises to develop strength and flexibility; the increasingly popular High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT); and their own CrossFit-style Circuit of the Day (COD) and group classes.

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Success Stories
Since opening their 6,000-square-foot facility last summer, the Finches have seen many triathletes and competitive swimmers come through their doors. They’ve also served clients for weight loss, physical therapy, and learn-to-swim classes for all ages.

For the swimmers and triathletes, the underwater video analysis, made possible by in-place swimming, has clearly been making an impact. “Having that visual cue gets them to see the difference” between their current stroke and a faster, more efficient stroke.

Bernie’s favorite moment with any client: “Seeing the satisfaction on their faces as they have that ‘Aha!’ moment.” He cites many success stories since their 2015 opening.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Triathlete Finds his Tribe

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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.”

Friday, October 16, 2015

PHOTOS: Highlights of our Time in Kona

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Steve Walker and Chris Foster at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship
Team Endless Pools® returned this week from the IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro in Kona, Hawaii. These photos (and one video) capture some of their most memorable moments.

We're particularly proud to have sponsored Steve Walker (left). A family man and a Marine veteran, Steve is also blind and completed the 140.6-mile swim/bike/run with his friend, professional triathlete Chris Foster, as his guide.

"Going blind isn't easy, but what's harder is figuring out how to redefine your purpose," Steve wrote on his blog. "For me, my new purpose was getting comfortable being uncomfortable.  A great way to be uncomfortable is to plan on finishing a race that lasts 140.6 miles." (You can see our video of his stirring finish after the jump).

Our twin pools, set up near Kailua Pier, had as many as 100 test-swimmers a day! Among them was Chris Montrose, who's photo from his run on our underwater treadmill was featured in our previous Kona post; he came in first in his age group, kicking off his race with a solid 58:50 swim time! Stellar job, Chris. We were also honored to be joined by pros Pete Jacobs, Luke McKenzie, and Beth Gerdes, as well as by 32-time Kona finisher Ken Glah.

Our congratulations to all the athletes who competed. Also, our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, to the swimmers who gave our Endless Pools a test-swim, and to Factory Trained Installer Jim Guzzo and the team from JC Pools Hawaii for his invaluable assistance during set up.

We look forward to seeing you all next year in Kona!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IRONMAN Athletes in Kona Say...

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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 29, 2015

Making a Splash at ITU Chicago

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This month, the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago hosted athletes from around the globe. With our entrance-adjacent booth, Endless Pools® proudly welcomed them all to the Expo in historic Grant Park.

Our very first swimmer: the UK’s Amy Pritchard. After taking her age group’s Aquathlon gold medal, she returned to say how much her Endless Pool swim “really helped me feel more prepared for the race.” Endless Pool owner and 2015 ESPY winner Krige Schabort also visited before he finished on the podium in the Elite Paratriathlon.

We offer our congratulations to Krige, Amy, and all of the world-class athletes who gave it their best in Chicago!

The Probert brothers at the Endless Pools booth at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago.
From Mexico, the brothers Probert competed in Saturday’s World Championship, all in the 45-49 age group. Besting Carlos and Gustavo, Ricardo placed 11th, just 30 seconds shy of a top-10 finish. All three were grateful for the opportunity to warm up in the Endless Pool that morning.

Paratriathlete Joe Townsend and Endless Pools' John Lee at the Endless Pools booth at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago.
Britain’s Joe Townsend finished 15th in the Elite Paratriathlon World Championships. He stopped by our booth, letting us know that he’s enjoyed swimming in the Endless Pools at Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs, our dealer in Horsham UK. He’s pictured here with one of our International Reps, John Lee.

A swimmer in the High-Performance Endless Pool at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago.
At ITU, many athletes used the Endless Pool for a pre-race warm-up, and our High Performance model perfectly suits the competitive swimmer. A dual-propeller system with a 7.5-hp motor, the High Performance current maxes out at a brisk :55/100-yard pace.

 
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