Wellness At Home: Aquatic Fitness Amenities

Endless Pools has been a pioneer in the wellness movement for more than three decades

Compared to conventional pools, Endless Pools cost less to install and to maintain. The value increases for indoor installations, which offer a year-round pool season.

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The benefits of water exercise are well documented. Making waves in the waves relieves stress, strengthens the heart, soothes aching joints, aids in weight loss, and brings family and friends together for some sorely needed fun in the sun.

So, too, are the prices of in-ground swimming pools. According to the home-remodeling price-guide comparison site Fixr.com, most people spend $27,000 to $90,000 to build the pool of their dreams.

Families love Endless Pools
Families love Endless Pools for their versatility. They can be used for family fun, aquatic exercise, relaxation, therapy and swim training.

“People are looking for ways to maximize their wellness time in the water while minimizing their financial investment,” says Brendan Connell, retail sales manager, North America, for Endless Pools, which is based Aston, Pennsylvania. “Our compact counter-current pools help them do just that.”

Swimming, the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States, is a prime way people are keeping fit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even as little as 2 ½ hours of aerobic exercise, such as swimming, bicycling, or running, can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses and improve the health of people who have diabetes and heart disease.

What’s more, swimmers, according to the agency, have about half the risk of death as inactive people, and people can exercise longer in water than on land without joint or muscle pain, which means they will stay in the water longer.

Endless Pools originally were designed for competitive swimming. Their value for therapy, rehabilitation, general health and family fun quickly became apparent.

Endless Pools has been a pioneering mover and shaker and swimmer in the wellness movement for more than three decades. Since it was established in 1988, it has helped over 100,000 people in 100 countries around the world experience the benefits of water at a fraction of the cost of traditional swimming pools.

The pools, which sell for $10,000 to $50,000, are equipped with a generator for their smooth, variable swim current as well as options including exercise bikes, resistance bands, rowing machines and even treadmills.

“They don’t take up much space – the most popular model is 8 feet by 14 feet – so you can put them in garages, basements, rooftops, indoor spaces and yes, even in backyards,” Connell says.

Connell says that because the pools are close at hand, they actually encourage exercise. “There’s no excuse for not working out,” he says. “And they are perfect for people who are uncomfortable wearing a swimsuit in a public place like a gym or who do not want to wait for an open lane in a public pool.”

Endless Pools can accommodate aquatic bicycles and built-in treadmills. Exercising in water is lower-impact than on dry land and offers 360-degree resistance.

For Joe and Pat Kukal, who live in a small town in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, installing an Endless Pool in their all-season patio meant they no longer had to make a 40-mile round trip to take aerobics classes. They each have medical issues – he has obstructive pulmonary disease and she has back troubles and diabetes – that they say have improved with swimming.

“Buying the pool was the greatest thing we’ve ever done,” says Joe.

Endless Pools’ high-volume 16-inch, adjustable-speed propeller system creates a broad, deep, non-turbulent swim current that is wider than the swimmer’s body and deeper than the swimmer’s stroke. For serious swimmers, there’s an Elite model that has a top speed of 0:51/100 yards, which Connell says “is fast enough to challenge Olympic contenders.”

The pools, which are temperature controlled, are environmentally friendly: They require far less maintenance, space, water and energy than traditional swimming pools.

Triathlete Isabelle Nadeau, who lives in San Francisco, says that it takes her only 20 minutes every week to clean her Endless Pool, which is installed in her postage-stamp-small back yard. “I use very little chlorine so there’s not much smell,” she says. “I don’t stink the rest of the day as I did when I was going to a public pool.”

Jean Bear, who is from Santa Fe, New Mexico, says that Endless Pools are as easy to install as they are fun to use. “I did the installation myself with my family’s help,” she says. “I had to purchase a couple of PVC fittings, but the rest was all in the shipping containers.”

“People are looking for ways to maximize their wellness time in the water while minimizing their financial investment, our compact counter-current pools help them do just that.”
Brendan Connell, retail sales manager, North America, for Endless Pools

For customers like Ken Gudek, who was born with the brittle-bone disease Osteogenesis Imperfecta and has been walking on crutches since college, regular swimming has proved therapeutic. Having 24/7 access to an Endless Pool, he says, has made a tremendous difference in his life.

“I don’t know if I’d be as healthy as I am right now without it,” he says. “I walked through Disney on my crutches. If I didn’t have the Endless Pool to build up my muscles and stamina, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do that.”

But many customers are using Endless Pools for sans-swimming workouts.

Ray Scharf, the former head coach of the East Carolina University Pirates, installed an Endless Pool in the back yard of his Harkers Island, North Carolina home, not only so he can swim five to seven days a week but also so he can entertain and train his grandchildren. He added a basketball hoop for them and is teaching them to scuba dive.

“It’s one of the best investments I made in regards to keeping myself healthy,” he says.

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