Let me rewind a bit. First she wanted a pool. My wife liked the idea because she’s done water aerobics at the YMCA on and off for years, and she really benefited from that. Her only complaint however was the crowds at the gym. The classes would get overbooked, and even when she went during “off peak” times, it was still too crowded.
I would never consider a water aerobics class. First off, I hate crowds. I mean I don’t hate PEOPLE, I just don’t like when their in my personal space. ESPECIALLY when I’m trying to relax or work out… or both. Secondly, if one of my buddies from my golf club ever caught me in a water aerobics class, I would be doomed for life, and I would never hear the end of it!
I went to physical therapy classes when I got my knee replaced. The doctor had me submerged in water once my skin healed and it was unbelievable how much more progress I got from basic stretches and light strength training in the water.
Once my wife caught wind of that news, she started in on swim spas. She got me to go to a store once to look at one. Swim spas aren’t cheap either! Cheaper than a pool, but still… for the price tag of over 30k, I struggled to find a way to justify. I mean, thats how much I thought entire pools cost in the first place!
Finally, we went to the Barefoot spas pool and spa expo sale at the convention center. The manufacturer was there, and we met a few very good reps. We went to look at swim spas, but sure enough, found the prefect spa for us in the barefoot spas FS8.
The FS8 is like a hybrid between a hot tub, and a swim spa. Its basically like a really deep hot tub, and it sits on the same frame size as a larger sized hot tub. The FS8 measures at 90″ x 90″ x 50″. The power hook up is 220v like a hot tub. It holds 700 gallons of water, and it has two large pumps on the inside component area that power the water flow. LED lights and waterfall jets added to the appeal. There is also a stainless steel bar on one side that works great for stability, etc. The seats are in a horseshoe shape around the deeper area. With a total of 7 massage seats, there is plenty of room to not just workout, but also to relax.
Most importantly, the FS8 has room to exercise and pretty much do the same things I did in my PT classes. My wife of course, uses it non stop for her workouts in the mornings. I’m never up that early to see her, but I know she’s doing it. She’s lost a little weight. She loves the hot tub, and I can see it in her eyes. She’s happy. Not only with the spa, but with me or buying it. Even though it was really for both of us!
One last comment. I did not realize the side of the spa where you workout actually has resistance jets. I think thats what they’re called. Anyway, there’s a total of 5 large jets that crate a flow and extra resistance for a variety of different workout intensities. I didn’t even realize it had this until recently I started doing some water jogging! I know that might sound crazy, but I’ve been doing it, and it is wonderful for me.
My right knee still needs to be replaced, but I’m getting my strength back, and I have much more flexibility under the water just like at my PT classes. I also have far less inflammation from this sort of movement. I’m even playing better golf! I enjoyed long distance running for years. I could never get away with that sort of high impact at my older age and my knees, but now, I can do the next best thing… go for a run in the water!
You can even read articles about the efficiency of calorie burn and low impact workouts in under water exercise. It’s incredible. I’ve lost weight AND my pain has been reduced in my knee. My doctor says I can even delay my surgery. I don’t think I will though. The recovery for knee replacement is not easy. However, now that we have this machine, I can do a lot of the therapy at home. My doctor highly recommends the water physical therapy. He says this time, if I keep up the water PT at home, my recovery time can be reduced by almost half! If that means I can get back on the golf course by spring, you better believe I’m all over it!
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