Lower Body Cross Training Exercises for Swim Spa

People use swim spas for all types of activities—from swimming to entertainment. But one of the most popular activities is fitness.

Swim spas come with a whole bunch of fitness add-ons, such as treadmills and resistance bands, making them even better than your typical gym.

Another great thing about swim spas is that you have full control over the resistance of the swim jets. 

If you’re looking to make the most out of your swim spa, here are some lower body cross-training exercises that you can try out, no matter your fitness level:

lower body workout in swim spa

Jog in Place

Jogging in place seems quite simple, but when you do it in a swim spa, the ante is upped.

Since the water acts as resistance against your legs, jogging in place becomes an extremely good workout, not only for your lower body, but for your heart.

If you’re at a beginner level, start out slow, then work your way up to a faster pace for a more thorough workout.

If you’re at an advanced fitness level, jogging in place is a good way to warm yourself up for the harder stuff.

This exercise is best done if you have a treadmill in your swim spa, though it’s still a good workout without one.

Backwards Jog in Place

Backwards jogging in place is an excellent alternative to the normal, forward-facing. What makes turning around so great is that a completely different group of muscles in your lower body are worked.

You’ll probably feel this exercise most in your hamstrings.

If you feel like you can handle more resistance, turn on the swim jet and slowly up the speed until you feel a workout in your legs and core.

Unlike the previous workout, the backwards jogging in place is best done when you have a treadmill in your swim spa.

Swim Spa Stair Master

Doing steps in your swim spa is the best possible workout for your legs and butt. 

With the weight of the water on your body, steps have never been more difficult. 

You can use the step where you enter the spa or on any other ledge as long as it’s safe. 

To get the most out of this workout, put your body weight on the heels of your feet.

Learn more about how to make the most out of your swim spa by consulting our experts at Valley Pool and Spa in Kelowna!

Tips For Buying a Swim Spa

Buying a swim spa is possibly one of the most exciting purchases of your life!

Not only do they offer a great alternative to traditional exercise, they give you a place to relax and a place to hang out with friends and family. 

Though, buying a swim spa can sometimes feel stressful. With so much to consider, it’s hard to know where to start.

That’s where we come in!

Valley Pool and Spa makes this significant purchase as easy and as stress-free as possible.

But to give you a head start, here is what you should consider when buying a swim spa:

buying a swim spa

Bang for Your Buck

Cheaper does not always mean better. 

If you’re wanting to save money when buying a swim spa, you must be careful when choosing one that’s significantly lower than the market average. It usually indicates that it’s of low quality.

Though high-quality swim spas generally cost more than low-quality ones, you’ll be saving money in the long run.

Quality spas, like those by Master Spas, have top-of-the-line water management systems that keep your water fresh and clean, so you don’t have to spend so much money on weekly maintenance.

Also, you won’t have to worry about repairs or replacements as much as you would with a low-end spa. 

Size Matters

When you first think about buying a swim spa, consider the sizing. 

You can choose from a multitude of sizes and shapes, including some that have separate tubs for lounging.

If you plan on using it primarily for exercise, then make sure the swim area is sizeable. 

If you plan on using it for parties and relaxing, then make sure there’s a substantial seating area.

Location, Location, Location

Before buying your swim spa, make sure you know where you are going to put it.

If you’re putting it on a patio of deck, you will need to take measurements.

Make sure this location has enough space for people to move around the perimeter of the spa so that it’s easy to access the spa cabinet for maintenance purposes.

With so much to consider when buying a swim spa, speak to one of our specialists at Valley Pool and Spa! They’re always happy to help with all your pool and spa needs. 

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for the Hot Tub

Christmas is one of the most joyous times of year. 

But it can also be one of the most stressful.

Family might be a reason for some, and cooking might be a reason for others. But I think we can all agree that shopping for Christmas gifts is the icing on the cake.

We all have that one person who is absolutely impossible to buy gifts for, which ultimately makes us panicked. 

But this holiday season, don’t worry for a moment about getting your friends and family gifts. If they have a hot tub, you’re sure to please them with these unique Christmas gift ideas:

hot tub christmas gifts

Spa Aromatherapy

Hot tubs are great. But what makes them even better is when they smell like a proper spa. 

So, buy your friends spa scents this Christmas! 

Valley Pool and Spa sells hot tub specific salts that make the water smell fantastic. You can find anything from chocolate to eucalyptus. 

No matter what scents your friends love, you’re sure to find an amazing one here!

Strahl Dishware

If you have friends or family who have a hot tub or any type of outdoor living space, get them Strahl dishware for Christmas.

This dishware is specifically made for the outdoors because it’s virtually unbreakable.

It’s made out of plastic, but it has the feel of glassware. These luxurious dishes will suit any backyard space.

Beach Towel

There’s nothing quite like wrapping up in a warm towel after stepping out of the hot tub on a cold evening.

Although this may seem like a simple Christmas gift idea, anyone who has a pool or hot tub will appreciate it like none other. 

Buy them something funky—something they’d never buy for themselves. This is certainly a unique gift that’ll put a smile on their faces.

Bathing Suit

When you use your pool and hot tub quite often, your bathing suits can start to lose their appeal. 

This Christmas make sure your friends and family are looking great when they use their tub by getting them brand new swimsuits. 

If they have a hot tub, they’ll be able to use it year-round.

Have any questions about hot tubs and swimming pools? Contact Valley Pool and Spa today! We’ll help you with all your pool related questions and concerns.

Buying a Custom Hot Tub with Valley Pool and Spa

Buying a hot tub is a lot like buying a car—you can customize it however you want.

By doing this, you ensure that your hot tub suits your personal tastes and preferences right from the get-go. 

There are many ways you can customize your Cal Spa or Master Spas when you work with Valley Pool and Spa:

Choose Your Hot Tub

Custom Valley Pools Hot TubThe first step in buying a custom spa is choosing the Cal Spa or Master Spas you like most.

One thing you must consider is the spa’s size. This is something you can’t change, so be sure you pick a spa that fits you and your lifestyle. 

You should also consider the size of the motor and the pre-installed features. Some spas have small motors while others have multiple. 

The motor affects the performance of the jets. Spas with multiple motors typically have specific hydrotherapy seats, while ones with smaller motors tend to have less powerful jets.

Talk to your hot tub specialist at Valley Pool and Spa to learn more about what features best suit you.

Customize the Seating

While you can’t customize the size of the spa, you can choose the seating arrangement. More specifically, you can oftentimes choose between bench seats or a lounge seat.

Depending on your personal preferences, you may want a tub with bench seating all around. This way, you can fit more people in the tub.

If you prefer a lounge seat, you can choose a spa layout that removes some of the bench seats to make room for the lounge. 

Decide on a Colour

Colour is a very important factor when buying a spa because you want it to suit the design and style of your backyard.

So your spa suits your home, you can decide on the colour of the cabinet (or exterior), as well as the acrylic (the inside).

You can choose from a list of colours that range from the deepest browns to the brightest blues.

Add Custom Features

Now for the fun part!

When you buy a hot tub from Valley Pool and Spa, you can fully customize it with premium features, like LED lighting, sound systems, jets, and waterfalls.

Learn more about personalizing your hot tub on our website, or contact us at Valley Pool and Spa!