Candid answers from a home pool spa owner. Noise levels, power, and performance. Read on.
A: We got our pool in 2013, and I still swim/work out six days a week. The convenience and versatility of workouts are awesome. It’s really a great product.
A: We built a pool house for ours, so we swim year-round. The room is air-conditioned, and despite the echoes on all the hard surfaces and the tall ceiling, you can easily talk to someone while you are in the pool. The equipment doesn’t make much noise.
A: The pump motor is smaller than most outdoor pools and therefore is not a bother to neighbors.
A: The water is adjustable in tiny increments. It can go from 0-99 speeds. We never use the top speed.
A: Yes. For swimming I normally crawl. For cool down, I do a side stroke. I run for 30 minutes which doesn’t require much water speed.
There are a ton of exercises you can achieve with very little water speed. For instance, I warm up with modified ballet bar exercises and PT exercises on the steps. On the cool down, I stand on the step that is at the front of the pool where the water enters and do calf raises, etc. You can get a great upper body exercise by turning the water way up and holding onto the bar at the front end of the pool. The water current pulls you out as you hold on (great for stretching your back). I do a curl and shoulder exercises by pulling my body weight against the current. It’s an ideal resistance exercise.
The pool is also great for balance, for hip flexors, and you can even use the plyometric boards for side to side movement. The most challenging part is figuring out what current you want for exercising and swimming. After a few days of a little trial and error, I was able to program exactly the right speed for me.
A: The water in our pool set up is quite cool. We use the heater in the winter to bring it up to 78°- 80°. In the summer, it stays very cool without the heater. In fact, if you stop moving, you get chilled. Clearly you can make the water warmer, but I like the cold water. It is great for reducing foot/calf swelling. (My husband would like the water warmer.)
If the pool is outside in direct sunlight, that will affect the water temp. The pool comes with a cover that is fine for our purposes, but you might want to consider an upgrade for outside use.
A: I never thought I’d spend the money on it, as I am incredibly frugal. However, it keeps me flexible and gives me a great workout without stressing my joints. The pool has LOTS of flexibility for working out.
I LOVE our pool. I can’t imagine why I didn’t make the decision sooner.
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