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Exercise spas, also known as swim spas, have gained immense popularity in recent years as a versatile and innovative way to enjoy the benefits of both a swimming pool and a hot tub in one compact unit. These hybrid wonders offer a unique aquatic experience that combines relaxation and exercise, making them a compelling choice for anyone seeking to bring both their fitness and their relaxation to a new level.
If you have a swim spa, or are in the market for one, you might be wondering how to maximize your workout routines. We know better than most which exercise spas are the best around, and what accessories you need to make those workouts work harder for you. Check out our best swim spas and some of our favorite swim spa workout routines.
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What Is a Swim Spa?
Exercise spas, sometimes referred to as an "endless pool," or simply as swim spas, are hybrids of a hot tub and a swimming pool, designed for both relaxation and fitness purposes. They typically consist of a large, shallow pool with a powerful jet propulsion system that creates a continuous current of water. This current allows individuals to swim in place, much like swimming against a river's flow, without needing a significant amount of space as a traditional swimming pool would.
In some cases, a swim spa might be divided into two separate sections: A soaking segment for relaxation, and a swimming segment for exercise. Others will just consist of one section, with the option to change the jet settings depending on the intended use.
Swim spas come in various sizes, ranging from smaller models suitable for two to three people to larger units that can comfortably accommodate a family or a group of friends. They offer adjustable water temperature, allowing users to enjoy a refreshing swim or a relaxing soak in warm water, depending on their preferences.
The Best Exercise Spas
There are hundreds of different types of swim spas on the market, making it difficult to sort through the noise to find the best of the best. But choosing the best exercise spa for you starts with finding a swim spa brand you can trust. At Wellis, the SwimLine swim spas are made up of three world-class products, each of which consistently ranks among the best swim spas in the USA.
All of our swim spas are available with either our W-Flow or Turbine systems, depending on your needs. The W-Flow moves around 180 cubic meters of water per hour and comes with five pre-programmed and three personalized swim program options for the perfect workout. The Turbine system can deliver up to 215 cubic meters of water per hour, all while using 75% less electricity than the average swim spa.
Our Rio Grande W-Flow and Turbine models are among the most popular in our swim spa product line, measuring more than 10 feet in length and offering 6-and-a-half feet of inner width to make both swimming and relaxing easier than ever.
The hydromassage section of this spa comes equipped with 40 hydromassage jets and seating for up to six, including one reclining place.
At over eight feet wide and 18 feet long, our Amazon exercise swim spas come with plenty of space for exercise and enjoyment. This is a perfect option for those who plan on getting in the spa as part of their daily routine, as all models come with swimming sticks for ease of use in your workout.
For those looking to relax, the Amazonas model also provides two seats and 27 jets for the ultimate spa experience.
14 feet long and nearly eight feet wide, the Danube exercise spas are a great choice for those looking for exercise spas that provide plenty of room for a good workout but can still fit in a compact space. Like our other models, these can be equipped with either our W-Flow or Turbine system.
The spa portion and swimming section are seamlessly integrated: Once you’re done with your workout, just wade over to one of the two seats, turn on the 24 jets, and let your stress drift away.
The Best Equipment for Exercise Spas
To make the most of your swim spa workouts, consider investing in some essential accessories and equipment that will enhance your experience and help you achieve your fitness goals.
Swim Tether or Resistance Bands
One of the primary advantages of a swim spa is the ability to swim against a current, which provides an excellent cardiovascular workout. To maximize the resistance and intensity of your swim, consider using a swim tether or resistance bands.
These accessories can be attached to the swim spa's built-in anchor points, allowing you to swim in place while the resistance created by the tether or bands challenges your strength and endurance.
Aquatic Dumbbells and Resistance Gloves
Strength training is an essential component of any well-rounded workout routine. Aquatic dumbbells and resistance gloves are designed specifically for water-based workouts and provide resistance to help you build and tone muscle while in the swim spa. These accessories are buoyant, making them easy to use, and they target various muscle groups as you perform exercises like bicep curls, tricep extensions, and leg lifts.
Kickboards and Pull Buoys
Kickboards and pull buoys are versatile accessories that can be used to enhance your swim spa workout. Kickboards provide support for your upper body while you focus on lower-body exercises like leg kicks, flutter kicks, and scissor kicks.
Pull buoys, on the other hand, support your legs while you concentrate on upper-body exercises like arm pulls and chest presses. These accessories can be used for both strength and endurance training, making them valuable additions to your swim spa routine.
Floating Yoga Mat
If you're looking to incorporate relaxation and flexibility into your swim spa sessions, a floating yoga mat is an excellent choice. This accessory allows you to perform yoga, Pilates, or stretching exercises while floating on the water's surface. The buoyancy of the mat provides gentle support, making it easier to hold poses and improve your flexibility, balance, and core strength.
Waterproof Fitness Tracker
Tracking your progress is essential for staying motivated and reaching your fitness goals. A waterproof fitness tracker or smartwatch is perfect for monitoring your heart rate, tracking your swim distance, and recording your workout duration. Many of these devices also offer swim-specific metrics, such as stroke count and lap times, helping you fine-tune your swim technique and optimize your workout routine.
Swim Spa Cover
To protect your swim spa and keep it in optimal condition, investing in a high-quality swim spa cover is a must. A cover helps retain heat, reduce energy consumption, and prevent debris from entering the water, ensuring that your swim spa remains clean and ready for use whenever you are. Some covers, like those designed by Wellis, even come with insulation features, further enhancing energy efficiency.
Underwater Speaker System
Enhance your swim spa experience by adding an underwater speaker system. These systems are designed to deliver high-quality sound while you're in the water, allowing you to listen to your favorite music or guided workouts. The soothing sounds of your chosen playlist or an instructor's voice can make your swim spa workouts more enjoyable and engaging.
That’s especially good news for Wellis Spa owners: Our exercise spas come with our built-in AquaSoul Pro™ 4.1 sound system.
Benefits of Exercise Spas
While swim spas are a big investment for many, they often pay off in the long-term thanks to their many benefits, for both stress relief and fitness all year round.
Fitness and Exercise
One of the primary benefits of owning a swim spa is the opportunity for effective aquatic exercise. The continuous current of water provides resistance, making it an ideal environment for swimming laps or engaging in water aerobics. This low-impact exercise is gentle on joints, making it accessible to people of all fitness levels, including those recovering from injuries or managing arthritis.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
Exercise spas offer the best of both worlds, allowing you to enjoy the soothing benefits of a hot tub and the revitalizing properties of hydrotherapy. Soaking in warm water helps relax muscles, reduce tension, and alleviate stress. The combination of buoyancy and heat promotes relaxation and can even improve sleep quality.
Unlike traditional swimming pools that are often limited to warm seasons, swim spas are designed for year-round use. They come equipped with heating systems that allow you to enjoy a swim or soak even in the dead of winter. This versatility ensures that you can make the most of your investment throughout the entire year.
Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation
The warm water in a swim spa can be used for hydrotherapy and rehabilitation purposes. The buoyancy of water reduces the pressure on joints, making it an excellent choice for individuals recovering from injuries or surgeries. It can also help alleviate symptoms of conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Final Word: Exercise Spas and Swim Spa Equipment
Whether you're an athlete looking to train, someone in need of relaxation, or a family wanting to enjoy aquatic fun together, the best exercise spas can provide it all.
For more on the best exercise swim spas on the market, or for help finding one near you, use our dealer locator, shop online, or contact Wellis® Spa at 844-4-WELLIS. You can also find a swim spa store near you and call to schedule a test soak before you buy.