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Triathlon Time Off: How I start training again.

December 8th, 2014stevestump

October presented me with a few bumps in the road. It was an adjustment going from working out 25 hours a week to no real training. I also had to recover from the nagging muscle issues that go along with 12 months of hard training.  Work for me is always extra busy in the fall, plus I began taking 13.5 graduate school credits to get my Tier 2 School Administrator [Read the Rest…]

Pool Owners Use Aquatic Therapy for Arthritis – and for Life

December 5th, 2014500OS SwimEx Pool

“We don’t just love our Swimex – it has changed our family’s lives for the better,” says Leon Peeters who, with his wife Monique, purchased a SwimEx in 2009. “At first I wasn’t sure the pool was the right choice for us,” says Leon recalling his first visit to the SwimEx showroom.  “I remember thinking then that I didn’t need a test swim because I didn’t like swimming. Well, that [Read the Rest…]

Kick board exercises: a great addition to your water workout.

November 21st, 2014Click on the picture to watch a video on how to work out using the kick board.

Exercising in a SwimEx pool is a gentle but effective way to get a great water workout. The buoyancy and support of the water reduces stress on joints and encourages freer movement. And aquatic exercise offer twelve times the resistance than exercise movement against air. That’s why the benefits aquatic exercise go far beyond the water, and are popular with professional sports teams, college programs, Olympic training centers and home owners [Read the Rest…]

A New SwimEx Pool in South Georgia

November 19th, 2014The sun rises over this SwimEx pool.

These new SwimEx owners live on a farm in South Georgia, right above the GA/FLA line.  They put their SwimEx on a screened-in porch. It is housed in a new building the couple designed with the help of an architect. They planned the building to make the most of solar energy and the pool gets warmth from the sun. The standard cover that came with the SwimEx has also done [Read the Rest…]

The journey of Ironman Training

October 17th, 2014Stephen Bratton

Ironman Lake Tahoe…For those who have been following my journey this year, you know it has been a tough year, and that I trained hard to be able to complete two Ironman competitions this year. The first Ironman took a lot of heart and perseverance. It then took a lot to recover and rebuild in a short period of time for Ironman Lake Tahoe. But, I was confident that I [Read the Rest…]

A Beautiful New England Weekend

September 26th, 2014Seattle-Summer

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in New England.  Plenty of sun and a perfect time of year for leaf peeping.  If you’re up for a trip to see amazing foliage, check out the Yankee Foliage site for up-to-date reports.  We plan to enjoy a few more wonderfully warm days. The weather looks like it’s going to be great in Seattle too!  Check out this Seattle SwimEx.  What a [Read the Rest…]

Swim strokes and exercises in a Triton SwimEx Pool

August 22nd, 2014tritonexercise

  Introducing the Triton! The newest member of the SwimEx family is crafted for the home or commercial customer who demands the best or nothing at all. This beautiful one piece pool features a wide open layout, 50” water depth and two seats for relaxation or seated exercise. There are Triton models available for home owners and commercial physical therapy clinics.   

Ironman training in a SwimEx pool – After the race, what is next?

August 22nd, 2014096

  Those of you who have been following me know that I finished an Ironman in Coeur D’ Alene (IMCDA) in late June and that I am trying to recover and rebuild in time to race Ironman Lake Tahoe in September. This is the first time that I have tried to train for a new race after completing an Ironman and it has been quite a challenge. At 47 I [Read the Rest…]

Sport Specific Drills you can do in a SwimEx Pool – Tennis, Hockey, and Baseball

August 18th, 2014tennis

Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior these drills and exercises will bring your game to the next level. Click on the videos below to watch. For more exercise and therapy videos click here!  

Aqua Yoga Treatment in a SwimEx Pool for Spinal Injury Patients

August 6th, 2014aqua-yoga

The Carolina Spine and Neurosurgery Center  uses aqua yoga in a SwimEx pool to help rehabilitate spinal injury patients who couldn’t even perform yoga on chairs. The non-weight bearing environment produces great results.   Carolina Spine and Neurosurgery Center (from their website) Aquatic therapy introduces the patient to an environment of warm water (92-94 degrees), relaxing atmosphere for unloading the spine, pelvis, and lower extremity joints. The patient learns to [Read the Rest…]

Ironman Coeur D’Alene is finished!

July 21st, 2014sb3

(Read Stephen’s complete blog series here) Ironman Coeur D’ Alene is in the books! Thanks to anyone who checked in on me for Ironman CDA! It was an amazing day in many ways. The journey for me started 6 months ago with some big training and weight loss.However, 1 week before the race I was training hard and ended up putting my back and shoulder into spasm. I went to [Read the Rest…]

Summer Triathlon Training with a SwimEx Pool – Fitness Journal

June 6th, 2014010

“Thanks to everyone following my progress. Here is a picture of me in my pants from January, they are a bit too big now. May was tougher than April, but then it should be. Training totals for May include 36,400 yards of swimming, 184 miles of running and 758 miles on the bike. The long bike rides are up to 112 miles, long runs 17 miles and long swims 5200 [Read the Rest…]

Triathlon Training with a SwimEx Pool – Fitness Journal

May 2nd, 2014ironmantraining

Ironman Training pays off with 20lbs weight loss since January! – “April has been a long month. My training was complicated by having eye surgery that limited my workouts some, including 2 weeks with no swimming allowed. No worries, all is ok now and back on track. Training totals for the month are Swim 26,200 yards, Bike 634 miles and Run 164 miles. The picture is of me on my bike [Read the Rest…]

Spring Triathlon Training with a SwimEx Pool – Fitness Journal

April 14th, 2014fitness training in a swimex pool

Thanks again to those checking in to follow my progress.  March has come and gone so quickly.  It has been a challenging month in many ways.  We continue to get snow and rain in my part of the country which sometimes requires a little extra motivation to go out on those long wet runs.  Work has been particularly challenging and there have been way too many birthdays, including mine (47), [Read the Rest…]

Triathlon Training with a SwimEx Pool – Fitness Journal

March 11th, 2014Ironman training

Hi again.  Welcome to anyone following my progress.  Although February was a short month I was able to get in some solid training with 23,900 yards of swimming, 113 miles of running and 428 miles of biking.  I avoided chocolate and all carbonated beverages and caffeine for the month and lost 5 pounds.  I finished off the month with a 3 mile race where I finished 1st in my age [Read the Rest…]

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