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    Swim Machines

    It's been about 10 years since I was last active here. And almost as long since I worked out regularly. Yes, I'm embarrassed to admit that.

    We'll be moving to warm climates soon and plan to buy a house with a pool. And I plan to use it to get back in shape. But every pool we've seen is simply too small to get a decent workout in. I had thought about adding a workout lane but finding a house with 25 yards available to install the lane is difficult.

    So I've been wondering about swim machines, the kind you install in a pool. Do they work? Are they worth it? Do you get a decent workout? And information would be greatly appreciated.

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    Julie

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    Re: Swim Machines

    Quote Originally Posted by jules View Post
    It's been about 10 years since I was last active here. And almost as long since I worked out regularly. Yes, I'm embarrassed to admit that.

    We'll be moving to warm climates soon and plan to buy a house with a pool. And I plan to use it to get back in shape. But every pool we've seen is simply too small to get a decent workout in. I had thought about adding a workout lane but finding a house with 25 yards available to install the lane is difficult.

    So I've been wondering about swim machines, the kind you install in a pool. Do they work? Are they worth it? Do you get a decent workout? And information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Julie

    You might want to buy a house without a pool and get an Endless Pool. I tried one out at Auburn University, and it was awesome!
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    Re: Swim Machines

    How about buying a house near a pool you can join?
    Its cheaper and the pool will almost certainly be bigger. My tiny house in the Bronx is 5 blocks from the Y -- I think the membership is a better investment than building a pool (endless or otherwise).

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    Re: Swim Machines

    Endless Pools also make a current machine (I can't remember what they call it) that you can attach to the end of an existing pool. I have no idea what they are like, but I have only heard great things about Endless Pools. You could go to their website and look at the info they have on it.

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    Re: Swim Machines

    I've checked out Fastlane, the machine that you can put in your pool that's made by Endless Pool. In the reviews, some loved it, some hated it and many said support was awful. That kind of worried me.

    Watching the videos, it looked like a pretty narrow stream is created and some swimmers were right in front of it, almost close enough to touch it. So I was wondering, for those who have used a swim machine, if it's hard to swim where you need to be to stay in the stream or if you ever run into it? And for the owners, what has been your experience owning the machine?

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    Re: Swim Machines

    My advice is to contact Endless Pool and ask to test both out

    The swims are very different. I have owned both. IMO the Endless Pool is a much smoother swim than the Fastlane. I think it's due to the return of the water

    Plus I liked the adjustment on the EP better as I could literally dial in the speed. With the FL it is on a remote so I need to go on approximation every time since I'll adjust the speed for kicking v swimming. Or the kids have adjusted it

    HTH!!

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    Re: Swim Machines

    To answer your question there is a "sweet spot " in the current. I want to say about 18-24"????

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    Re: Swim Machines

    Looking at the title of this thread, I thought it might be about some of my teammates.

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