4 Ways the Endless Pool Changed My Coaching for Life

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Lissa Latella co-owns SwimBox swim studio with her husband, Dominic. In her latest contribution to the Endless Pools blog she details how their Endless Pools® swimming machine has allowed them to get better, faster results with their clients "in a way unattainable at your standard pool."

Everything is constantly changing, constantly. Clothing trends, what you are/are not supposed to eat, the best way to workout, how to save money… Pretty much anything you can think of will be different 12 months from now. The same goes for swim coaching.

Research helps us improve upon old techniques and allows us to continually help our clients better. New training tools are developed that weren’t even a glimmer of a thought two years ago, and new ways to train are always being brought to the forefront of the workout community. But one thing that will forever be a constant in terms of my coaching? My Endless Pool.

I say this not only because it was a dream of mine (and my husband’s) to own once since I first heard of their existence when I was a little kid. It's also because it’s drastically changed the way my instructors and I coach at SwimBox. The Endless Pool lets us help our swimmers in ways we never thought possible.

Swim coaching with the Endless Pools swimming machine at SwimBox Swim Studio
Stop the swimming! Thanks to the Endless Pool, Coach Dominic Latella can stop his students as soon as he sees a technique flaw ... before they ingrain their bad habits any further. That's simply not possible in a traditional swimming pool.

First and foremost, the pool gives me the ability to have a completely controlled environment for one-on-one lessons; that kind of control is just impossible to get at a public pool of any kind. You set the water temperature, current speed, and general atmosphere surrounding your pool.

With that comes my favorite benefit of our Performance Endless Pool: being able to stop clients as soon as we see a mistake being made. This prevents the negative reinforcement they would have when taking a lesson in a standard pool as they would swim a complete lap before being able to receive any kind of feedback and make any changes.

Endless Pools two underwater mirrors for real-time swim technique improvements
In the Endless Pools, two underwater mirrors help swimmers see exactly what they're doing to make real-time stroke corrections. The angled Swim Mirror (left) lets you monitor each hand entry and pull-through, as well as shoulder rolls. The Floor Mirror (center) offers a full-body view and helps keep you centered in the swim current. 

Next up would have to be the underwater mirrors. While one of our clients is swimming in place, it allows them to learn new movements more easily as they can watch what their body is doing in real time. This takes visual learning to the next level and gives positive and negative feedback.

The underwater mirrors are also great for when people think they’re making a change but actually are doing the same thing. They let them see that nothing has actually changed. This happens much more frequently than you might think, which I can 100% vouch for as I definitely am guilty of this sometimes. (Okay, maybe a bit more often than sometimes…)

a training session in the Performance Endless Pool at SwimBox in Fairfied, VA
How well can a swim coach see a swimmer who's in the center lane of a 25m swimming pool? With the up-close view of an Endless Pools swimmer, the coach can monitor -- and correct -- every detail. The result is more significant improvements in less time.

Last but not least is the ability to have our clients swim in place – or as close to the same spot as they can be when swimming in the current. This gives me and my instructors a much greater ability to analyze their movements with the naked eye, or with the aid of our underwater cameras.

All of these advantages allow us to question and improve on what most people have come to learn as traditional swimming techniques.

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