Gear: Swim spa reviews -- 'swimmer's treadmills'
Products reviewed: Endless Pools, SwimEx 500, Aquatic Fitness System AquaPro 19, H2X CrossTrainer
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Many uses, low power( August 6, 2008 )
Many uses, low power
H2X CrossTrainer: Acrylic-fiberglass swim spa with swim current, spa seating for six and numerous attachment points for stretch-cord exercises. 14 1/2 feet long.
Likes: Lots of variety. Like the AquaPro 19, it can be used for swimming, water running, resistance exercises (including an innovation rowing function), and conventional spa-style relaxation. Superb strength exercises via a variety of stretch cords that attach around several metal bars at poolside. An optional mp3-player audio system ($1,200) has pop-up speakers. The acrylic surface is impregnated with an antimicrobial substance the company says inhibits growth of algae and reduces cleaning requirements.
Dislikes: The current is a bit rough and underpowered, sloshing the water around like a storm but only fast enough for good swimmers to do a moderate-paced breast stroke, not the crawl. I'm slow-to-average, but out-swam the machine at its highest setting. I was told that the speed can be ramped up by adjusting internal engine settings. Water running was fine, although the low water height (3 feet, 4 inches) left my arms in the air.
Price: $25,000 to $35,000, depending on accessories. (260) 436-9100 or (800) 860-7727; www.h2xswimspa.com.