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    Working out in a short pool

    My pool is 36 feet long. That is less than half the length of the standard 25 yard (75 foot) pool that I used to work out in at the YMCA. I am 62 and no great athlete, but still in decent shape and a pretty good swimmer for my age. I was on the swim team as a teenager and competed up to the state level. So now I have this 36 foot pool witch is great to play in but I would like to use it to exercise. I notice that if I don't push off, but just use my arms when I turn I can create more work and less glide. I got a pretty good workout today swimming laps that way, but as I get in better swimming shape this summer I think the length is going to be a problem. I know there must be ways to get good exercise in a short pool. Can anyone make suggestions?
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    Re: Working out in a short pool

    You can always use swim weights on your hands and feet and swim the perimeter of the pool instead of swimming across. Swim a few laps clockwise then switch and swim counter clockwise. When you switch you will add to the resistance by swimming against the current.
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    Re: Working out in a short pool

    There are some current generators that work in existing pools, but they are expensive.

    http://www.endlesspools.com/fastlane.php

    http://www.badujet.com/owner.html

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    Re: Working out in a short pool

    Thanks for the info. The current generators are much too expensive for me.
    On amazon I found these belts that tether you to the side of the pool, which are more in my price range.

    http://www.amazon.com/Swimmer-portable- ... 983&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/TYR-Stationary-Sw ... 983&sr=8-2
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    Re: Working out in a short pool

    Wear a t-shirt, the increased drag should be quite noticeable.
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    Re: Working out in a short pool

    . I have seen many peoPle in my tiny (20 ft long) gym pool use the swim belts. They just tie the I send to the ladder & swim in one spot. Looks like a great workout because there's no wall to push off of.

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    Re: Working out in a short pool

    I'm getting a good workout just swimming back and forth in the 36 foot pool. When I asked that question I forgot that I am no longer a fit teenager on the swim team. I'm 62. If I swim 50 lengths of the 36 foot pool I am plenty tired. One of the important things is to not push off from the side, but just touch the side with my hand, turn around and keep swimming.
    36 x 18 oval pool, inground, plaster pool.
    27000 gallons
    1 hp pump. Sand filter
    Pool built in 1971.

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