The Endless Pool Revisits its Tempe Roots

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The Arizona inspired swimmerÂ?s treadmill will be available for test swim at Ironman Arizona in Tempe.

Endless Pools, Inc., the inventor of the swimmer’s treadmill or counter-current swimming machine, will have a pool available for test swims April 6 – April 9 at the Ironman Arizona in Tempe. In addition, swimmers will receive a videotape of their swim.    

“It is very exciting to be part of the inaugural Ironman Arizona, especially since this is the birth place of the vision for the Endless Pool,” said James Murdock, founder and president of Endless Pools. “I hope that not only the athletes participating in the race, but also their families, friends and local residents will come by and try the Arizona inspired pool. Our pool is a great way for people of all abilities to stay in shape.”

The inspiration for the Endless Pool stemmed from James Murdock’s father John’s childhood memories of swimming in the irrigation canals in Tempe, AZ where he grew up in the 1920s, the son of Representative John Murdock, at the time, Arizona’s sole congressional representative. He remembers spending hours trying to swim in place against the strong current.

A half a century later, he and his son have perfected his vision of a swimming machine. Measuring just 8’x15’, the Endless Pool provides all the benefits of a full-size pool in a fraction of the space. It is compact enough to fit virtually anywhere, inside or out, making swimming year-round a possibility even in homes with limited space.

The Endless Pool has a smooth, non-turbulent current, ideal for swimming, aquatic exercise and rehabilitation. The pool’s unique features include underwater cameras and full-length mirrors that allow a swimmer to see their stroke. The immediate performance feedback these options provide make the Endless Pool an important training tool.

“My Endless Pool is an invaluable part of my training routine,” stated Heather Gollnick, professional triathlete participating in Ironman Arizona and Endless Pool owner. “The underwater mirrors give me immediate feedback on my stroke allowing me to constantly work on mechanics. I also find that swimming against the Endless Pool current is closer to an open water swim than training in a regular pool.”

Endless Pools, Inc., headquartered in Aston, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, was founded in 1988 by James Murdock to manufacture and sell a counter-current swimming pool for residential and commercial use. Over the last fifteen years, more than 8,000 Endless Pools have been sold in the United States and over 40 countries.

To request a free Endless Pool video or DVD, visit or call (800) 732-8660 ext 4268. For a test swim, visit us at Ironman Arizona Expo Tempe Beach Park, 80 West Rio Salado Parkway.

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