Personal Lap Pools by Endless Pools
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A "personal pool" is so convenient and helpful
that if you cannot afford it now, you should save up
for it. Your own personal lap pool -- what a concept!
Not a big one, this is a small tank that has a current
running against you.
The idea here is to provide an experience much like
being in a small pool with a tether. A few companies
make pools (as small as 8' by 10') that have a variable
speed current generator that allows you to "swim
One in particular that I have used and found exceptional
is made by Endless Pools, a company in Pennsylvania.
This pool comes complete with filter and heater. The
countercurrent is very even.
Convenience is the primary advantage to a pool such
as this. However, it also allows you to work on technique
by watching yourself in a mirror on the bottom -- something
that can otherwise only be done in a flume.
Certainly, you will not want to forego the feeling of
swimming laps and doing flip turns. Swimming in an Endless
Pool should therefore be combined with swimming in a
conventional pool. But on a day when you have only 30
minutes to spare, and the conventional pool is 30 or
so minutes away, guess who would ordinarily miss their
pools can be assembled quickly and can go in a basement,
on a porch, or in the ground. If you can afford the
price tag, there is no reason not to have one.
Excerpted from Steve Tarpinian's book, The
Essential Swimmer. Steve is founder and president of
Total Training, Inc. In addition to coaching others,
Steve also competes at swimming meets and Ironman triathlons.