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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 09:00

Winter Pool Tips From The Pros

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10 Off Season Pool Care Tips From The Pros

From Swim University

Experienced pool owners know a very important fact about off-season swimming pool care:  If you ignore your pool for the long winter months, you are making a grave error in judgement.  Pool Care doesn't end when the swimming season does.  Winter and off-season pool care can go great lengths to saving you money in the long run during spring start-up, as well as extending the life of your swimming pool and equipment.  This post from Matt Giovanisci at Swim University gives his interviews with seasoned swimming pool professionals from around the country, including one of Platinum Pools' own,  with their favorite tips for protecting the pool for the winter, and giving your pool the TLC it deserves and needs.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Taking care of your pool doesn't end when you put the cover on. It's important to continue caring for your pool during the off-season (fall, winter, and early spring) to ensure a successful and clean opening.

I asked 10 pool care professionals from around the country to give their best tips for off season pool care, and here's what they had to say:

1. Add a Mid-Winter Algaecide

Use an algaecide or algaestat (preventative) and particularly one that stays in the water for a length of time.

On the last day of operation, add this to the water and run the pump for 24 hours to fully circulate. Then shut down the circulation system for the winter.

We have a product called FROG BAM that works on preventing algae for 90 days which is a big chunk of the off season. By keeping the green stuff away as long as possible, pool start up is so much easier.

Lynn Nord, King Technology

Click here to read the other 9 tips from swimming pool professionals

Pool Elliptical Exercise Machine Designed by Aqua Creek Products Now Offered by Rehabmart.com

Their new revolutionary Orbital Pool Elliptical offers all of the great benefits of a regular elliptical exercise machine combined with low impact aquatic exercise. Designed for use by professionals, this aquatic elliptical is also easy to operate for any individual user.

From PR Web

With the population aging and becoming more health conscious, there has been a great movement towards low-impact exercise methods.  While Running and Lifting are still great ways to get and stay in shape, these become increasingly harder on aging joints and muscles.  Professional trainers gravitate towards lower impact methods of getting and staying in shape, and water provides the perfect medium for this endeavor.  This post from PR Web introduces the evolution of water-based exercise, by introducing a new twist on aquatic exercise by Aqua Creek, the Orbital Pool Elliptical machine.

Here is an exceprt from the release:

Their new revolutionary Orbital Pool Elliptical offers all of the great benefits of a regular elliptical exercise machine combined with low impact aquatic exercise. Designed for use by professionals, this aquatic elliptical is also easy to operate for any individual user. Constructed of reinforced type 316L stainless steel with anti-corrosion protection, this elliptical additionally features stainless steel water-tight bearings. Built to stand up to years of the toughest use, the Orbital is still lightweight and easy to transport in and out of the pool.

This pool elliptical provides exercise that most closely resembles everyday movement, and is well suited for individuals who require a lower impact exercise program. The pool depth required for this equipment can range from 3.6 feet to 5 feet deep, and high-adhesion synthetic rubber feet keep the machine firmly in place in the water. Specially-molded pedals are comfortable for barefooted use and are pre-treated with EVA fungicide to inhibit bacterial growth.

"We are thrilled to introduce more consumers to the innovative Orbital Pool Elliptical from Aqua Creek Products," said Hulet Smith, OTR/L, MBA and CEO of Rehabmart. "Offering all of the same benefits of land-based elliptical machines, the Orbital adds the bonus of extra lift and resistance from the water, which also helps reduce impact on the user's joints. Lightweight, yet tough and enduring, this equipment can be used by both professional facilities or by individual home users. We are very proud to offer this ingenious pool exercise equipment, along with all of the other wonderful Aqua Creek aquatic access products to our customers at Rehabmart.com."

Click here to read the entire post

Why Swimming is my Exercise of Choice

From Toysplash.com

During the long winter months, especially in colder climates, people tend to procrastiate with their workouts.  It's hard to motivate to get to the gym, and even harder when the sun goes down prior to the end of the work day, and doesn't come up in the morning when you would otherwise want to exercise.  Not to mention that going out in frigid temperatures is an additional deterrent to getting to the gym.  Those that are able to find a place to workout, and have the drive and motivation to do so, want the most efficient means of utilizing their exercise time, so as to maximize the time spent working out.  Swimming is the most efficient way to get a full body aerobic and anaerobic workout, and this post gives some great reasons why.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

1. Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. When the body is submerged in water, it automatically becomes lighter. With water all the way to the neck, you only have to bear 10 percent of your own weight. The other 90 percent is handled by the pool. This means that the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you're overweight or suffer from arthritis.

2. Swimming is a great way to increase muscular strength and muscle tone. A swimmer is propelling herself through water — a substance about twelve times as dense as air so every kick and every arm stroke becomes a resistance exercise. It's well known that resistance exercises are the best way to build muscle tone and strength. Swimming has also been shown to improve bone strength — especially in post-menopausal women.

3. Swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible.

4. Since swimming is an aerobic exercise, it serves to strengthen the heart, not only helping it to become larger, but making it more efficient in pumping. This leads to better blood flow throughout your body. Research also shows that aerobic exercise can combat the body's inflammatory response. The American Heart Association reports that just 30 minutes of exercise per day, such as swimming, can reduce coronary heart disease in women by 30 to 40 percent.

5. Swimming is now recognized as one of the biggest calorie burners around, and it's great for keeping weight under control. Depending on the stroke and intensity of your swimming, you can burn from 60-150 calories in each 10-minutes of swimming. In addition, your overall cholesterol health will improve as well.

Click here to read the entire post

Luxury Condos with Private Pools

In buildings like ONE KL in Kuala Lumpur, the Honeycomb in the Bahamas, Bandra Ohm in Mumbai and Porsche Design Tower in the Miami area, developers are installing private pools in every unit.

From WSJ.com

Builders and Developers have been stepping up their game, according to this article from the Wall Street Journal Online, to compete with Luxury Residential Homes.  These forward-thinking builders have been trying to replicate the experience of home ownership with Condominium Living, right down to providing the ultimate residential luxury, a private swimming pool.   Who wouldn't want the experience of swimming with their family in their own private swimming pool, while enjoying the myriad benefits of Condominium living?  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The latest weapon in the luxury high-rise arms race: a private pool in every unit on every floor.

At ONE KL, a 35-story luxury building in Kuala Lumpur completed in 2009, the building's tagline boasts, "94 Apartments, 95 Swimming Pools." In the Bahamas, each of the 34 units at Honeycomb, a condominium with a hexagonal-patterned facade that's expected to be completed in mid-2016, will have a 70-square-foot pool with a transparent edge, offering views of the marina and ocean. And in Mumbai, 30 stories of about 100 residential units at Bandra Ohm will include crescent-shaped pools on balconies enclosed in acrylic, the same material used for large aquariums. Site work is expected to begin next year.

At ONE KL, a 35-story luxury building in Kuala Lumpur completed in 2009. The building's tagline boasts '94 Apartments, 95 Swimming Pools'. ENLARGE

At ONE KL, a 35-story luxury building in Kuala Lumpur completed in 2009. The building's tagline boasts '94 Apartments, 95 Swimming Pools'. SCDA

More residential high-rises are trying to stand out from the competition by replicating the outdoor spaces typically found in single-family homes, offering everything from larger balconies to rooftop kitchens. Private pools are the latest frontier, says James Law, the Hong-Kong based architect designing Bandra Ohm. On the day the building's plans were released, 1.2 million hits on his firm's website crashed its servers.

Click here to read about this growing trend in luxury living.

6 Epic Water Slides That Make A Lavish Swimming Pool Even Better (PHOTOS)

From Huffington Post

If you are designing and building a custom inground swimming pool, and you have kids, you will be hard-pressed to get away without providing a water slide.   Gone are the days in which a single, ugly plastic, single turn slide are the only options available.  Accomplished swimming pool designers are providing myriad options for the family in need of a waterpark or resort-style attraction, as this post from Huffington Post puts on full display.  Why limit the possibilities to what is commercially available?  Let the designer's imagination run wild, and let your family enjoy years and years of resort-style recreation right in your own backyard.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

While luxury homes often have equally lavish pools in their backyards, they're the kind of places where you can't imagine anyone actually swimming. Lounging, maybe. But upscale pools tend to be "no splash" zones. That completely changes if you're the type of homeowner who loves a good water slide. This is pretty much a big sign that says "we actually have fun in our backyard."

We've found six epic water slides that are both fun and not bad to look at. Click through the slideshow to see them all and let us know which one you'd love to give a go in the comments below.

Click here to see the photos

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