You might be a swimmer who has trouble fitting in a lap time into your busy schedule. Or, you might be managing back pain and a doctor told you that exercising in the water would help. Do you live in a colder climate where the season for an in-ground pool feels like it is approximately 37 days — give or take?
There are a lot of reasons that make owning a swim spa appealing. Whether you want to swim uninterrupted or want to make wellness a priority, a swim spa makes getting in the water convenient, easy, and fun.
But will the investment be worth it?
A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa can help you make your backyard a relaxing retreat. More than just something to take care of (we know about that elliptical collecting dust), a swim spa will help you prioritize the healthy lifestyle you deserve.
Swim spa benefits
Research continues to show that swimming, exercising, and relaxing in the water can benefit your physical and mental well-being.
But how will a swim spa benefit you?
From swimming to easier maintenance, explore the many benefits of owning a Michael Phelps swim spa.
The lifeguard is running late so while you are on the deck and ready to go, you have to wait. The lap lanes are full. The pool is closed for maintenance. The youth swim teams have taken over, and the public swim hours are seemingly non-existent.
If you try to regularly incorporate swimming into your routine, you’ve faced at least one of those hurdles. Maybe all of them. Maybe all of them at one time.
One of the benefits of a swim spa is the ability to get in a session at your convenience. Michael Phelps swim spas feature an endless water current that’s designed so that you can swim continuously. What does that mean? The propulsion system pushes water out, providing resistance so that you can swim in place.
Whether you choose the 17-foot Michael Phelps Force or the dual-zone Momentum Deep, the Wave XP Pro system provides a wider, deeper, and smoother current. The swim experience is unlike other swim spas.
“The swim spa helped me when I was in serious training mode. It allowed my coach to see and advise me on how to perfect my stroke. I believe training in the swim spa helped me develop the best freestyle stroke that I’ve had in my career,” says 23-time Gold medalist Michael Phelps.
Owning a Michael Phelps swim spa is not about swimming like a world-class athlete — although you can, if that’s your goal.
Swimmers of all levels will enjoy a variable speed current that lets them set the pace of the swim. The top end pace is about 56 seconds per 100 meters but there are settings from zero to 100.
Many swimmers also use underwater mirrors or a camera to see what they actually look like swimming — something they can’t do in a pool. This feedback allows them to improve their technique, change body position, and make other adjustments that can positively impact performance.
Water exercise is not just effective but fun. Exercising in a swim spa offers the benefits of cardiovascular and resistance training without the impact on joints. Thanks to the natural resistance and buoyancy of water, the body feels supported in a swim spa and you can move with increased range of motion. People who exercise in the water often see improved balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility — as well as less pain.
But what kind of exercise can you do in a swim spa? Well that’s one of the benefits — you can do almost anything. The large, flat floor is free of obstacles, giving you room to water walk, aqua jog, row, and strength train. You can also do traditional aqua aerobics, dance, yoga, or just move your body in a way that feels good.
If you are weighing the pros of a swim spa versus an in-ground pool, one benefit is installation.
When your site is ready, delivery to enjoyment can take less than a day — and that includes the water warming up.
There are myriad ways to install a swim spa. Many people choose an above-ground installation, with the swim spa on a concrete pad. It can also be partially recessed or put in a vault. And, with proper reinforcement by a licensed contractor, some have been installed on a deck.
One of the advantages of owning a swim spa is getting to enjoy the water — whether it’s swimming, splashing, or soaking. What you don’t want to do is worry about maintaining your spa.
Master Spas’ EcoPur Charge system takes advantage of natural minerals to keep the water clean and clear with fewer chemicals (when compared to other spas). Spa owners should expect to check the water every couple days and balance chemicals as needed. Overall maintenance takes less than an hour a week, which is minimal compared to how often most people use their swim spa.
The climate of where you live can determine how much use can get out of a traditional in-ground swimming pool. If you live in a temperate area, you might be able to use your pool year-round.
But if you live in the north, Midwest, or see the seasons change, the pool season can be four months — or less.
One of the benefits of a swim spa is that you can use it year-round, even with snow on the ground. Michael Phelps swim spas are energy efficient and are made with full foam insulation. This environmentally friendly foam helps lock in heat and the cold out, keeping your monthly energy costs low.
Health benefits of warm water
Do you experience neck, back, or muscle pain? Aches, tension, and pain can be a part of managing a chronic condition, sports injuries, or just daily stress.
Swim spas can sometimes be described as very large hot tubs. While that description is not entirely accurate, it’s not incorrect either.
Michael Phelps swim spas feature hot tub therapy seats with adjustable massage jets. Sit back with the water temperature in the mid-90s and allow the jets to melt away stress. Using the diverters and control panel, choose the pressure that’s right for you — whether it’s a gentle touch to a maximum muscle-kneading force.
The swim spas feature the StressRelief Neck and Shoulder Seat, with out-of-water jets to target your upper body; the Xtreme Therapy Seat, which creates a whirlpool effect; and the stand-up Xtreme Therapy.
The warm water, itself, is also therapeutic. It increases circulation, promotes better sleep, and eases muscle soreness and tension.