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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones helps a young swimmer during a USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash event
Three new swimming events approved by the IOC are earning praise for bringing long-overdue equality to Olympic swimming. (USA Today)

A new rule for the FINA World Cup seems specifically targeted at Hungary's "Iron Lady," Katinka Hosszu. (Swim Swam)

He's 33 and fell short at last year's Olympic trials, but Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is now training with his sights on Tokyo 2020. (Swimming World)

When teaching swimming to kids who came to Vermont as refugees, language is only one of the obstacles. (VPR, with audio)

A six-year-old disabled Bosnian boy just won a regional swimming gold medal. (AP)

The Huawei Fit smart watch just expanded its capabilities for swim tracking, including recognizing which stroke you're doing. (Wearable)

Check out the striking pics of artist Gregg Emery's "pop-up pool" makeover on NYC's Roosevelt Island. (TimeOut)

Get a preview of this month's U.S. Nationals/World Championships Swimming Trials. (Swim Swam)

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

360 Video from the Endless Pools

Pre-processed fisheye view of a swimmer in the Original Endless Pool shot with the 360fly 360 camera
What's it like to swim against the Endless Pools® current or run on its Underwater Treadmill? While there's nothing like experiencing it for yourself, you can try the next best thing with our new 360 videos.

For the uninitiated, a 360-degree video lets you explore outside of the traditional video frame. By using your mouse, arrow keys or, on mobile devices, your finger, you can move your perspective up, down, or sideways. A 360 camera, equipped with a special domed lens, has captured it all – just navigate manually to the view you want!

With this first video, you can explore the Elite Endless Pool – below and above the water line – while a runner uses the Underwater Treadmill. With the swim current on, he gets an more challenging core workout.

Underwater running delivers many advantages. Water's natural buoyancy makes underwater running (or walking or jogging) accessible to people with mobility impairments – even if those activities are painful or difficult on land! For athletes, underwater running provides low-impact cross-training.

In the video below, you get a complete underwater view while a swimmer overhead takes on our smoothest current in the Elite. The blue benches along the sides and back serve as return channels for the water, keeping the current strong while minimizing turbulence.

To get the full 360-video experience of moving the frame's perspective, you need to watch 360 videos on YouTube in the Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer browses (sorry, Safari users) or by using the YouTube app for iOS or Android.

The videos were recorded in 4K with the 360fly camera in its Dive Housing for underwater recording.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic swimmer Kelsi Worrell at the arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara
Check in with Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as she starts her swimming workouts after two shoulder surgeries. (Reuters)

Discover the best swimming holes in Texas. (TPR, with audio)

A new survey reveals the surprisingly high number of parents who let their kids swim unsupervised. (National Poll on Children's Health)

The World's Strongest Man, Eddie Hall reveals his past as a promising swimmer on track for the Olympics! (Express)

The first African-American to win an Olympic swimming medal, Maritza Correia now works to change the statistics that say black kids are more likely to drown. (Patch)

Get inspired by the novice triathlete who couldn't swim five years ago and is now headed to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. (CPR, with audio)

Open water swimmer Stephen Junk is on track to become the first Australian to complete the prestigious Oceans Seven later this year. (ABC)

Get inspired by the 64-year-old swimmer who went from a hip replacement to an international gold medal in just eight months. (Fresno Bee, with video)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Join Back on My Feet & Endless Pools for Global Running Day

logo for the nonprofit Back On My Feet
This Wednesday, Endless Pools® supports Back on My Feet and their mission to combat homelessness by taking to the Underwater Treadmills at our Factory Showroom.

As part of BOMF's Global Running Day event, Team Endless Pools will take to two of our Underwater Treadmills all day to raise funds for the Back on My Feet program.

To contribute to Endless Pools' goals, please contribute at our BOMF fundraising page. To learn how you can participate in the event, read the official Back on My Feet press release, below.

Back on My Feet to raise $40K on Treadmills 
Back on My Feet partners with Cigna, Blank Rome, Sweat Fitness, and The Shops at Liberty Place on Global Running Day

Philadelphia, PA – June 5, 2017– Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization operating in 12 major cities coast to coast and supported in part by the Cigna Foundation, invites the Philadelphia community to support the Cigna Back on My Feet Treadmill Challenge on Wednesday, June 7th (Global Running Day) at The Shops at Liberty Place. Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Over the course of eight hours, eight fundraising teams will run on treadmills to raise $40,000 for the Back on My Feet program. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian in a 100m butterfly competition
The leaderboard for the arena Pro Swim Series currently has a first-place tie for the men. (FloSwimming) At this weekend's Series at Santa Clara, the big stories range from Katie Ledecky to the powerhouse men's 100 freesytle lineup. (USA Swimming)

Or could the men's 100m butterfly be the most hotly contested event of the summer? (Swimming World)

Take a look into swimming's future with the top 20 girls and the top 20 boys NCAA swimming recruits. (Swim Swam) Then take a look back with these vintage swimming pool photos. (Time)

What does it do to your skin when you wear makeup while swimming? (Cosmpolitan)

Olympic swimmer Samantha Riley opens up about her false doping charge before the 1996 Olympics. (Daily Mail)

Check out the 10 best swimming holes accessible by NYC public transit. (Curbed)

Whattaya know – deer can swim, even in Chicago's Lake Michigan. (DNAInfo, with video)

More of America's kids can swim now than in 2010, according to a new study from the USA Swimming Foundation.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CrossFitter: My Swim Workouts Are Like Wrestling!

U.S. Navy veteran and CrossFit fanatic, Jeffnkanasas on Instagram
"I'm high-mileage for my age, that's for sure," says Jeff. A 46-year-old Navy veteran, former wrestler, and dedicated CrossFitter, he now tailors his workouts differently than when he was younger.

"Twenty-six and under, you're still made out of rubber and plastic," he half-jokes. "As I get older, my knees and back don't want to lift." To keep himself fit and active, he incorporates more swimming.

As you can see from his recent Instagram posts (below), Jeff has recently trained with a waist tether. The tether "kind of holds you up out of the water, so it's cheating a bit." He's also trained with the Endless Pools Fastlane®. "There's no comparison, that's for sure," he declares.

The Fastlane current is "smoother." When training in a group, "it's seamless. We're not constantly changing the tether." Jeff also finds that it's better suited to the open-water training required by triathletes.

A fan of sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon, Jeff calls the Fastlane current "very similar" to open water currents. "You still have to maintain a straight line. My last triathlon swim was 1,000 meters; I probably swam 1,500!"

Like the open water, the Fastlane current can "pull you left or right," so it's creates the discipline to swim more efficiently for the real-world conditions of open water swimming – and leave yourself with maximum energy for the bike and the run!

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Jeff still does CrossFit two days a week, and he now sees even some of his younger workout buddies cross-training in the pool. "A lot of CrossFitters will swim or do yoga for recovery. You have to take those days off" because the workouts are so demanding.

That doesn't mean that his swim workouts are easy; his swim coach often leaves him sweating and breathless. "I didn't know you could get that workout swimming!" he enthuses.

As he's sees it, swimming "is like wrestling: if you stop, nothing good happens. It's the same sink-or-swim mentality."

"It's a great product," Jeff concludes. "I'll probably buy a smaller one myself someday."
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