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Swim Your Best While Training at Home

You are putting hours in the water, swimming lap after lap. In the pool, you do drill after drill after drill. Workouts focus on strength and power, and you add in sessions with stretch cords. 

You are doing your best to be your best. But it feels like you are still waiting for the breakthrough that will take your swimming to the next level or give you a competitive edge.

A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa allows you to swim and progress while training at home. A pool alternative that allows for stationary swimming, a Michael Phelps swim spa from Master Spas can be a valuable training tool for athletes of all levels. 

“I believe training in the swim spa helped me develop the best freestyle stroke I’ve had in my career,” says Michael Phelps.

Swim, cross-train, recover, and relax on any day — whether you are in the middle of your season or maintaining fitness in the off-season. 

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Mirrors at the bottom of a swim spa give you instant feedback on your form, cadence, and stroke.

Improve Swimming Technique

Swimming is not as easy as putting on a swim cap and goggles and hopping into the water. It’s a technical sport that requires you to have good body position, a strong pull, and an effective kick. Each of these areas offer room for improvement, and drills can help you make improvements.

It can be challenging, though, to see where your weaknesses lie. A coach can see you from the deck and an underwater camera can provide footage to analyze. 

Swim Spa Mirrors

With a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa, you can use mirrors to see your swim technique in real time. The swim mirrors provide instant feedback so you can make small changes to your form. Adjust your head position, streamline your body, and keep your elbow high.

More importantly, using the swim spa and mirrors for training allows you to make the mind body connection. You can see the technique changes in the mirror, and your can learn what that change feels like in the water. Over time, your body will build all-important muscle memory with that improved swim technique.

You can also use swim mirrors in the swim spa to focus on your swim cadence. Seeing yourself in the mirror as you swim will allow you to see if you pause between strokes.

Set Your Sights

Another benefit of swimming with mirrors in the swim spa? You get to focus on you. When you are swimming with your squad, it’s easy to get caught up in the workout or focus on friends. A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa offers an uninterrupted training space. You can set the water current speed, from zero to 100, so you are swimming at the best for you during these drills. 

Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas now come standard with the Wave XP Pro System, allowing high level swimmers an at-home training option. How fast can you swim in a Michael Phelps swim spa? The current generates enough resistance so you can swim the equivalent of 100 meters in less than 60 seconds.

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Michael Phelps says swimming in a swim spa helped him develop the best freestyle stroke of his career.

Become a Stronger Swimmer

Becoming a strong swimmer might seem like a goal for someone who is new to the sport. When you are looking for a breakthrough in your swimming performance, though, strength and power can affect your performance in the pool. 

Your strength will affect how fast you can move through the water. Dryland exercises are often incorporated into a routine to help you become a stronger swimmer. 

However, your endurance can also affect your strength. 

A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa offers a continuous swimming experience. You can swim at a steady pace against the water current. Without flip turns and streamline kicking, you can focus on your endurance and swim for longer sets, uninterrupted. Start at 10 minutes and work your way up to 20 or 30 minutes.

Swimming in a swim spa is different, and you might find that you have to focus more on body alignment. You will need to engage your stabilizing and core muscles to keep your body in position and swim in the wide channel of water. Over time, these muscles will get stronger and your body position will improve — in the swim spa and in the pool.

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A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa has adjustable massage jets to help alleviate sore muscles. Improving recovery after a hard swim session will help you perform better.

Recovery for Swimmers

Performance and rest go hand and hand. You can only work as hard as you have recovered. But making time for recovery might not always be a priority for swimmers, as the sport does not always cause the same muscle soreness. 

However, it’s important to make recovery an integral part of your training. It will help you avoid injury, bounce back more quickly from a hard training session, and keep your energy high. 

Stretching, relaxing, massage therapy, and sleep can help improve your performance. 

Swim Spa Hydrotherapy

With a Michael Phelps swim spa, you can prioritize recovery without making it feel like another session to tick off. Adjust the temperature to a therapeutic range and enjoy stretching in the warm water. Or, take advantage of the hydrotherapy jets and get an at-home massage with the pressure you want.

The unique stand-up design of the Xtreme Therapy™ Cove allows you to find the best position for a therapeutic massage. The adjustable jets target your lower back, hips, thighs, and calves. You can also face the jets to target the quads and hip flexors.

Swim spas also feature contoured hot tub seats with out-of-water jets that focus on your neck and shoulders. Sink back and relax as the jets help you get ready for your next session — and breakthrough.