WATER WORKOUT WEDNESDAY!

newswimspa4 Tips for Workouts in the Pool for Runners

GET WET
Wearing a flotation belt, start running at a depth at which your feet lightly touch the bottom; this helps you establish an upright body alignment. Then move into deeper water, maintaining your stride. Run five minutes, then rest five minutes. Repeat two to four times. Each session, increase the length of the run segment and decrease the rest until you can run for 30 minutes continuously.

TURN UP THE INTENSITY
At first, keep your effort level easy. No huffing and puffing. After several sessions, gradually increase the turnover of your legs so you’re breathing the same as you would during a moderately paced run.

AND DO SOME LAPS
Swim a lap or two during your rest periods, or alternate pool runs with a lap workout: Swim one lap easy, rest for 20 to 30 seconds, then swim a slightly faster lap. Rest one minute, then swim two easy laps. Rest one minute, then swim two to four fast laps, resting as much as you wish after each.

MIMIC WORKOUTS
For a long run, simply run in water the same duration of time you would run on land. For speed workouts, shorten your stride and quicken your turnover, moving your legs faster, and keep the duration of your effort and recovery the same. During rest periods, move your legs slowly and gently.

Stop in to The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company to take a look at several new SWIM SPAS in the showroom!

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ENJOY THE FULL-BODY EFFECTS OF AQUATIC EXERCISE WITH TIME-SAVING CONVENIENCE IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME.

swimspa18 003Aquatic exercise is growing in popularity across the country. Unlike other swim and fitness spas, the AGP Company swim spa has a large flat floor with no hidden obstacles. The nature of water and the controlled temperature make the swim spa ideal for a variety of fitness exercises.
You can jog in place against a gentle current, use an optional kickboard, or the Aquatic Exercise System which includes a rowing kit and resistance bands. With the current off, you can experience the benefits of resistance training and range of motion exercises. A stainless steel grab bar at the end of the larger swim spa helps facilitate your at-home workout.

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Bullfrog Spa benefits

1531884_736524326411863_1356064995953993751_nOne very powerful feature of Bullfrog Spas is the unique JetPak flow control valve. This feature, when paired with the already powerful customization inherent in the JetPak Therapy System allows for the perfectly personalized spa experience. Not only can a person choose their JetPak massages, they can also fine tune the flow for a sensation that is exactly what they want. No other spa is even close in terms of personalized hydrotherapy. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company is the South Texas Dealer for Bullfrog Spas.

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Exercise pool

newswimspaMore and more people regard a swim spa as a great investment in health and wellness. The new swim spa pools combine the best of pools and hot tubs into one amazing package. They can be enjoyed either hot or cold. They are all-weather products. They can be used in 365 days of the year.
Our new Spa pools are perfect for large groups or a solitary soak. You can swim, walk on a treadmill, exercise your upper body, teach kids to swim or just sit and relax. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company has several models of the exercise pool on display.

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Public pools, peeing in the pool!!

Peeing in the pool: gross, sure, but no real harm done? Think again. Researchers at Purdue and China Agricultural universities recently studied what happens when urine meets water containing chlorine and other chemicals—and they found that two potentially dangerous chemical by products are formed.
The uric acid in urine reacts with the chlorine to form cyanogen chloride and thrichloramine, which can affect the lungs, heart, central nervous system, and other organs if inhaled. io9 reports that the researchers also dosed water already containing those compounds with more uric acid, and found the cyanogen chloride level rose as a result. Per the study, “Uric acid … accounted for 24% to 68% (depending on temperature, water pH and chlorine condition) of the byproduct cyanogen chloride in the pool water samples.”
Both chemicals have been linked to health problems experienced by swimmers, lifeguards, and pool staff, reports Quartz, which points to a 2012 survey that found 19% of adults cop to having peed in a public pool. This might be the big benefit to having your own residential backyard swimming pool. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company has several models on display.

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Exercise That Feels Good

STOREPHOTO 010AGP Company swim spas are perfect for exercise.
Water exercise is all about moving more water and creating more resistance—an irresistible combination for a great workout.

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Bullfrog Spa benefits

1531884_736524326411863_1356064995953993751_nOne very powerful feature of Bullfrog Spas is the unique JetPak flow control valve. This feature, when paired with the already powerful customization inherent in the JetPak Therapy System allows for the perfectly personalized spa experience. Not only can a person choose their JetPak massages, they can also fine tune the flow for a sensation that is exactly what they want. No other spa is even close in terms of personalized hydrotherapy.

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Athletic Cold Plunge and Training.

photo 3A Cold Plunge after training often reduces recovery times! Many coaches and trainers recommend a 3 to 5 minute Cold Plunge (62°F – 64°F) to reduce traumas caused by training, including Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Athletes should not normally train in water warmer than 85 degrees because of the risk of thermal fatigue! Cold Aqua Therapy is often used by athletes as a preventative measure for injuries, i.e. Shin Splints and Plantar Fasciitis.

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Dual Zone Swim Spa

19 swim spa aA.G.P. Company Dual-Zone Swim Spa captures everything you love about a swimming pool and spa at a fraction of the cost. The River Swim Jets can be adjusted to provide a gentle current, perfect for water jogging and resistance exercises, to a strong current that will challenge serious swimmers. After exercising in the swim spa, slip into the hydrotherapy hot tub where perfectly placed jets rejuvenate sore and tired muscles with a fantastic hydrotherapy massage. Our 18’ Dual-Zone Swim Spa features the best of both worlds! Two models of this dual zone spa are on display in our San Antonio showroom.

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Hide the spa cover

modern-patio1Stow the cover. Rolling spa covers also spare you the hassle of having to flip back a heavy, soggy mess. You may want to consider building a slightly higher deck platform around the spa, allowing a rolling cover to slide easily underneath.

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