Lap Swimming Pools An Overview  

by Pool Builders on 09-05-2011 in Articles

Lap swimming pools are the most common type of exercise pool. The average width of lap pools can range from forty to seventy-five feet, with a length of eight to ten feet. The depth should be at least three and a half feet to allow for swimming without touching the bottom of the pool. These dimensions will give the most optimal amount of space for a workout, but will still allow for floating on a lounger for relaxation purposes. Typically, these pools also require less water than recreational pools. It also costs less to heat them since there is less water.

Lap pools come in a variety of materials to meet any swimmer's needs. Highly durable lap swimming pools are made of a material called Gunite. Fiberglass pools consist of pre-manufactured shells that just fit into a hole in the ground. Vinyl liners are used in a hole that has been pre-treated with sand or a mixture of concrete. The liner simply fits into place and is filled with water. Above ground models are also available. This is a less costly option that is also easier to install. However, both types of pools are great for exercise and will provide the user with plenty of enjoyment.

All pools require steps or ladders, and lap swimming pools are no exception. Both options are available for use with lap pools, but careful planning is involved. Steps can interfere with the pool's dimensions and keep swimmers from being able to swim a full lap. The best plan of action is to install steps and ladders to the side of the pool. Another option is to get an L-shaped pool. That way, the steps can be situated in the smaller section of the L without detracting from the main swimming area. Gunite and fiberglass pools can allow for steps in their construction. Other types of pools may require a ladder.

Smaller lap pools with a current are available for both indoor and outdoor use. These lap swimming pools simulate the experience of swimming laps with the use of a current that moves the water. The current lets the swimmer to stay in one place, but still helps tone their muscles with the swimming motions. This creates greater resistance, which allows for a better, higher calorie-burning workout for the swimmer. This type of pool would be a good choice for people who are interested in staying fit but who also do not want to experience a lot of wear and tear on their joints.

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