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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Train Smarter with the Endless Pools Fit@Home App

A swimmer pre-programs his Endless Pools workout with the new Fit@Home app
Endless Pool® owners, you have a new toy to play with!

With our recently launched Fit@Home app, you can control your swimming machine and underwater treadmill from your smartphone or tablet. Better still, the app adds all-new options to program and save your swimming and running workouts.

With the Fit@Home app, your Endless Pool's new, training-friendly functionality includes:

  • Workout Monitoring, with our easy-to-ready Display Mode.
  • Advanced Workouts with custom time and pace intervals; you can easily create, save, and edit your swim/run workouts.
  • Manual Control Mode to let you program a simple swim or treadmill run more quickly than with our standard remote control.
This animation shows some of the basic functions:

A Triathlete Gets Started with Fit@Home
Ed W., a triathlete in Michigan, originally got his own Endless Pool for the convenience; he was tired of waiting in line at the public pool to train. This summer, he upgraded with Fit@Home for even greater convenience.

"I’m 62 and swimming is still my best event," Ed told us. "For the last 3 years, I’ve only trained in my Endless Pool, which really blows most folks away."

Since turning to the Fit@Home app, he reports, "I can pre-program swims instead of having to start and stop.

"I have a couple of programs now – one is 10x100 interval, soon to be 15xI00’s. I could do that before, but I had to watch a clock and just guess when I got close to the time I wanted … I had to move out of the current [to] watch the clock and jump back in again.

"Now, it’s automatic."

A triathlete's Performance Endless Pools swimming machine for at-home swimming training
How can you tell that this is an older picture of Ed W.'s Endless Pool? The 62-year-old triathlete recently replaced that little blue remote (lower left) with our new Fit@Home app. Thanks to the new functionality afforded by Fit@Home, "I can pre-program swims instead of having to start and stop," he says. "It's automatic."

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Australian open water swimmer and Instagram sensation, Nathan the Beach Cat
You can live-stream this weekend's USA College Challenge on the Pac-12 website and app.

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Anthony Ervin took a knee during the National Anthem, prompting the question, 'What should we expect at this winter's Olympics?' (Washington Post)

Two-time Olympic swimmer Lindsay Mintenko became the first woman to lead the National Swimming Team; the promotion came as part of a USA Swimming staff restructuring.

Open water swimmers, you have a new feline compatriot in Internet sensation Nathan the Beach Cat. (People)

A Palo Alto swim team hosted a swimming fundraiser for a Puerto Rican swim team impacted by Hurricane Maria. (Swimming World)

One hundred years ago this week, a newspaper announced that the sport of swimming, once thought "dangerous and violent," was starting to catch on! (Spokesman-Review)

Speaking of dangerous, a 72-year-old Irish swimmer wouldn't let the approaching eye of Storm Ophelia interrupt his daily Atlantic swim! (Independent, with video)

Triathletes, check out these 4 swim gear must-haves. (Men's Health)

Make your layovers fun with this list of the 8 best airport swimming pools. (CNN)

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Partially In-ground: 5 Endless Pools Ideas for Your Home

The Original Endless Pool® gives you tremendous installation flexibility. The modular, steel-panel structure functions as a freestanding pool or fully in-ground. You can also install an Endless Pool partially in-ground, which offers some key advantages, as you'll see in these five dazzling installations!

  1. A partially in-ground pool is the easiest to access. With the pool height set around seat level, you can just sit and move your legs over and into the pool. You don't need the exterior stairs or decking required by an aboveground pool, and people with mobility impairments appreciate the accessibility lacking in fully in-ground pools.
  2. Partially in-ground installations cost less than fully in-ground. The deeper you dig, the greater the cost and the greater the risk of obstacles. Yes, aboveground installations cost the least, but the partially in-ground Endless Pool meets you halfway between simplicity and luxury.
  3. For a better, more polished look, the partially in-ground Endless Pool can give you the most eye-catching visual. In locations with a notable view, the lower height permits better sight lines.

These five Endless Pools show the versatility and beauty possible with a partially in-ground installation.

A partially in-ground Endless Pools swimming machine in a Mediterranean-themed sunroom
How do you create a Mediterranean escape in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina? For this sunroom, the homeowners employ a lavish mural, rich green tones from the ferns and tile, and a partially in-ground Original Endless Pool.
Bonus: This Endless Pool features our hydrotherapy jets for additional spa luxury.

A partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine with an arbor view
Nothing beats a pool with a view! The height of this partially in-ground Endless Pool maintains the room's airy minimalism – rather than obstructing the stunning arbor view, it's positioned to function as a reflecting pond for the trees outside.
Bonus: At the pool's front, the Underwater Treadmill permits low-impact running or walking while watching the (tastefully recessed) television.

A partially in-ground Endless Pools swimming machine in a private courtyard
This partially in-ground Endless Pool keeps open sight lines in a tight backyard. With our smooth current for in-place swimming, you get a big-pool feel where a big pool just couldn't fit! The granite perimeter functions as bench seating, while the skirting adds an organic design element – rough-hewn stacked stone.
Bonus: The greenery nearby will welcome any splashing: our state-of-the-art purification systems mean that the pool water has less chlorine than is allowable in tap water!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Why Lionel Sanders Will Exit Kailua Bay Faster than Ever

Professional triathlete and Ironman, Lionel Sanders
Lionel Sanders is about to be put to the test. Tomorrow, the 29-year-old professional triathlete will compete at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Despite seeing himself as "a weak swimmer," he just upped his game: he's been training in his own High Performance Endless Pool® for two months, and already he's seen measurable results!

Bad Timing
"My first triathlon back in 2010, I was almost last place out of the water," Sanders recalls. His swim training was hampered by the mid-day or late-night hours at his nearest public pool.

"I'd rather swim first thing in the morning. I was swimming after both my bike and run. No wonder I wasn’t improving – I was always swimming tired! As a weak swimmer, you need to be firing at full potential.

"Most of my swimming is now done in this Endless Pool." Besides his early-morning ritual, "you need to swim when inspired. I can get in the pool immediately upon being inspired and can swim an extra 4 kilometers."

"I'm just a completely different athlete both physically and mentally," he says confidently. "I'm looking to have a much improved race."

Correcting the Crossover
Unlike training with his bike and run, "I hadn't been able to see myself swimming." That changed when he took an Endless Pools test-swim this spring.

By swimming in place, you can watch your stroke in the Endless Pools underwater swim mirrors. "I looked at myself in the mirror and said, 'Yup. One hundred percent!'"

Real-time stroke analysis in the Endless Pool has allowed him to make daily improvements to his swim technique. "I'd been crossing the centerline. That was the first thing I needed to correct.

"I crossed over both left and right at entry. So I didn't have a stable core, so my hips went the opposite way. To counteract, I'd do a scissor kick," This technique flaw created "a massive amount of drag. Look at any great swimmer: no one does that!"

Thanks to the Endless Pool he installed in August, "I've been able to correct that. There's no crossover. Really, my swim improvement started two months ago.

"I've got so many things to improve upon now that I know what I’m doing. Every single day I do a technical session, I can see clearly if I'm improving."

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Out of the Water Faster
Just weeks after beginning his Endless Pools training, Sanders returned to the ITU Long Distance World Championship. As in 2016, he was up against the dominant Australian triathlete, Josh Amburger.

Amburger is a particularly strong swimmer, and Sanders is used to trailing him out of the water. This year, Sanders happily reports, "I had my least deficit ever to him by a significant amount. And I swam completely solo."

After a solid bike and an outstanding run, Sanders landed at the top of the podium; Amburger took silver.

Now in Kona, Sanders feels optimistic following a preliminary practice swim. Using the UK triathlete Harry Wiltshire as a metric, "I was 8:41 down" out of the water in the 2016 Finals. "This year, [at practice] I was less than 4 minutes down to the same guy.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Week in Swimming

An aerial shot of triathlon swimmers in Kailua Bay, Hawaii, at the IRONMAN World Championships
Can basic engineering concepts improve your swimming? (U.S. Masters Swimming) How about yoga tailored for swimmers? (Swim Swam, with video)

Don't miss these profiles of Olympic gold-medal swimmer Tom Shields (Digital Journal) and transgender Harvard swimmer Schuyler Bailar (NBC News).

Get inspired by the friendship between two young swimmers, one a 14-year-old blind Paralympic breaststroker. (ABC News, with video)

Traumatized by treacherous ocean voyages in search of safe haven, some refugees are now healing those wounds with open water swimming lessons. (PBS NewsHour, with video)

Swimmers, discover why a trip to the 'Devil's Pool' overlooking Victoria Falls should be on your bucket list. (Travel + Leisure, with video)

Get a little real-estate envy at these 17 jaw-dropping swimming pools from around the globe. (CNN)

Enter the pastel-coloured, symmetrical world of communist-era swimming pools, as photographed by Slovakian photographer, Mária Svarbová. (Calvert Journal)

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic gold medalist and Stanford Cardinal swimmer, Simone Manuel
World champion swimmers Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel scored six nominations each for USA Swimming's Golden Goggle Awards. Fan voting is now open.

A three-time Olympic swimming medalist ranks the top 5 mistakes triathletes make during the swim. (Team USA)

More answers to the persistent question, 'What's the appeal of cold-water swimming?'

Meet the 66-year-old grandmother of three who became the oldest woman to ever swim the English Channel this summer. (Purpose 2 Play)

3D modeling technology is paving the way for custom-fitted swimming goggles. (Kickstarter)

Take a closer look at that technology that allows the Apple Watch to track swimming. (Popular Science)

What were our oceans like a century ago? Check out these astounding images from a photographer swimming inside a 'fish tornado.' (National Geographic)
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