Michael Phelps Swim Spa vs. Lap Pools

For swimmers seeking the at-home convenience of a backyard lap pool, the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa series is an alternative with added value built-in. Swim Spa owners enjoy year-round use, easier maintenance, therapy seats and jets — at a more affordable price.

Advantages of a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa over a lap pool:

  • Cost
  • Ease of Installation
  • Built-In Therapy
  • Year-Round Use

Cost of a Swim Spa vs. Lap Pool

Installing a lap pool is a major construction project that requires a sizeable investment in money and time. The initial cost of a traditional, in-ground lap pool varies based on size and location, but typically starts at $50,000. The lap pool installation, which can take three to six weeks to complete, requires excavating your backyard.

A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa can be installed on a level surface that can support the weight of the swim spa, such as a concrete pad or decking. Once the site is ready, installation takes less than a day.

And once the swim spa is filled with water, about a third of a lap pool, it is easier to maintain. Less water requires less chemicals to keep it balanced and less energy to keep it heated.

Space Requirements of a Swim Spa vs. Lap Pool

The typical lap pool is 45 feet to 75 feet long, 6 feet to 8 feet wide and 3 ½ feet deep. Choosing to install such a pool requires a spacious backyard free of obstacles. Many homeowners might not have adequate space to install a lap pool.

The MP Momentum, the largest swim spa in the Michael Phelps Signature series, is nearly 20 feet long, 8 feet wide and 60 inches deep. With other models in the series, homeowners with limited space can enjoy the convenience and wellness benefits of a swim spa.

Swimming enthusiasts are likely accustomed to a 25-meter pool, which most yards — and budgets — cannot accommodate. Smaller lap pools require more frequent turns, which disrupt stroke rhythm and decrease the effectiveness of the workout.

The propulsion current of a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa allows for an endless swim workout, and the depth of the swim spa also means more effective aquatic exercise.

Therapy Benefits of a Swim Spa

Deeper water more fully supports your body and results in a fuller range of motion, increased buoyancy, greater resistance and improved results.

Unlike a lap pool, a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa can be used for more than exercise. Contoured therapy seating features adjustable jets that deliver a custom massage, from gentle to muscle-kneading. The water temperature can also be raised — not only for comfort but to increase circulation, improve sleep and relax muscles.

Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas also feature the Xtreme Therapy™ Cove, which puts users in the best position for a therapeutic massage for your lower back, hips, thighs and calves.

Year-Round Use

A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa is designed to be used year-round — no matter the climate. The structure and plumbing are sprayed with environmentally friendly Icynene foam to keep out pests and keep in the heat. The water of the temperature is adjusted by the easy-to-use control system, not Mother Nature.

In most climates, swimmers will only be able to use a traditional lap pool for a few months. And before winter arrives, home owners will have to go through the trouble to winterize the lap pool.

To learn more about the available models, additional features and obtain pricing, contact a dealer near you.

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