Swimming training even in closed swimming pools - Endless Pools as exercise bikes to prepare for competitions
The public pools are closed and the outdoor and water temperatures only invite extreme athletes to swim in the lake. But swimming is your passion and you don't feel like waiting any longer to see if and when the public swimming pools will open again?
Have you ever heard of “Endless Pools”? Imagine your own miniature swimming pool. It can be installed almost anywhere, indoors or outdoors, and can be used all year round. Equipped with a counter-current system, it is the perfect training location to keep fit regardless of the external circumstances.
Frederick, a Powerbreather customer living in the US, recently fulfilled his dream of owning his own endless pool. Below he tells us about his experiences with the pool and the use of the Powerbreather.
What exactly are endless pools?
Although there are some similarities, Endless Pools are not to be confused with "conventional" swimming pools. The Endless Pools are smaller and more space-saving and have special technical equipment. With both pool variants, the desired temperature can be set as desired. The chlorine requirement is significantly lower and it is easier to keep clean. The name 'Endless Pool' comes from the fact that a counter-current system can be installed in such pools, which makes it possible to swim on the spot and thus "endlessly", so to speak. The water resistance and the speed can be freely selected. Endless pools can be used for training by both beginners and advanced swimmers without any problems.
Endless Pools offers various training aids for installation, e.g. B. underwater treadmills for walking, running and jogging and certain exercise machines for muscle training and building. The advantage here is that your own body weight and gravity, just like in swimming, play a much smaller role, which makes the training sessions easier on the joints. Training in an endless pool can be a real alternative to training on land, especially for people who, for example, want to get used to sports again after an accident through physiotherapy or who are not allowed to put excessive strain on their body for other reasons. Endless pools are not only perfect for training, but also for relaxing, e.g. B. as a whirlpool with built-in massage jets.
The purchase of such a pool means a certain investment. Compared to traditional swimming pools, however, they are in most cases cheaper, take up less space and are significantly less complex to install and maintain.
Triathlon training with the endless pool
Especially when preparing for competitions such as a triathlon, you can use an endless pool to optimize your swimming training in a targeted and effective manner. Other positive side effects are that you are independent of the public swimming pools and save yourself the time for the journey.
When swimming in the Endless Pool, it is no longer necessary to perform a flip turn. This is particularly beneficial when preparing to swim in open water, as assessments of one's condition are often skewed by this extra movement. In addition, it is possible to simulate a countercurrent similar to that in open water. There is also the possibility to observe yourself during training through an underwater mirror and in this way to see and correct mistakes in your own swimming technique. Many successful triathletes have therefore been training with an endless pool for many years. For the professional sector there is even a special device that can deliver a very smooth current with a maximum speed of less than 55 seconds/100 m (the “Elite” Endless Pool from the company of the same name).
Endless pools and the Powerbreather - the ideal combination for your training?
We wanted to find out whether our Powerbreather could be integrated into or even improve on endless pool swimming training and we conducted an extensive test with the help of Frederick, who lives in the USA and has recently fulfilled his dream of owning an endless pool Has.
To avoid stopping for air while swimming, Frederick has already tried using two different high-quality snorkels during training. Unfortunately, he had to make the experience that his body was not getting enough oxygen in the long run, which is why he had to stop his training before his muscles were tired. He then returned to classic training without a snorkel.
Frederick became aware of the Powerbreather last year and ordered it immediately. Since then, his training has completely changed.
In contrast to standard snorkels, the Powerbreather has two air channels. The air is inhaled through these and exhaled through the mouthpiece into the water - this way a constant supply of 100 percent fresh air is possible. This patented technical and innovative solution makes the Powerbreather unique.
According to Frederick, it only took a few minutes to get used to the Powerbreather. Since he had already trained with other swim snorkelers, from his point of view there was nothing that needed to be re-learned. After another three training sessions of 15 minutes each, he almost stopped thinking about breathing and was able to concentrate fully on his swimming movements.
The Powerbreather Sport Edition comes standard with the so-called SPEED VENTS easy S ("S" stands for "short"), which are suitable for all swimmers (including children) and ensure easy and natural breathing during the swim. For swimming in open water or in the sea in rough seas there are the SPEED VENTS easy L, which are longer and specially designed for such an environment.
If you want to train in an endless pool, the SPEED VENTS easy S are usually completely sufficient for hobby swimmers. For competitive swimmers there are other VENTS to increase the training effect. There are three different strengths, each with an increased breathing resistance - Easy to Medium to Power. With their help you can slowly increase your training and adjust the breathing resistance depending on the day or training form.
Similar methods exist in other sports - Frederick lives in the US where baseball is a popular sport. There, too, it is common for players to do their hitting exercises with several racquets at the same time as a warm-up - in the actual game, of course, only one racquet is allowed, but it seems much easier to the athletes after such warm-up exercises. You have exactly the same effect if you increase your breathing resistance during training with the Powerbreather and breathe "normally" again at the next competition - it will therefore be easier for you to perform at your best.
Tips for using the Powerbreather
During his training with the Powerbreather in the Endless Pool, Frederick put together a few more practical tips for us that can also help you when training with our swim snorkel and make using the Powerbreather even more pleasant. These are his top five pieces of advice:
- It's usually easier to put on your goggles first, otherwise the Powerbreather's tracheae could get in the way.
- If you find it difficult to breathe only through your mouth, there are nose clips (nose plugs) that prevent water from entering your nose when breathing underwater.
- It is advisable to periodically smear petroleum jelly on the connectors between the blue vents and the white air tubes they plug into to prevent wear. This should be used from time to time, especially after training in the sea, in other natural bodies of water or in the swimming pool, but also when training in the endless pool.
- Wearing a bathing cap is recommended especially for professional swimmers to ensure a better hold of the Powerbreather - this is not absolutely necessary for hobby swimmers.
- If you have any further questions about using the Powerbreather, AMEO Support can be contacted at any time (Link) be contacted.
Frederick summarizes his test as follows: "Just like the Endless Pool, the Powerbreather is also ideal for swimmers of all levels - whether professional athletes or hobby swimmers - because both products can take swimming training to a whole new level. When training with the Powerbreather in the Endless Pool, you don't have to turn your head to take a breath or do a roll turn in the pool - you just swim "endlessly" and only your own body decides when to take a break or stop - for me personally it is the ideal combination.”
We also think that Endless Pools and the Powerbreather are a perfect match if you want to consciously improve your swimming performance and enjoy absolute comfort at the same time.
If you are interested in a Powerbreather and would like to test its health and sporting benefits yourself, just drop by our shop - we offer you the opportunity to test our swim snorkel for 90 days - without risk.