Friday, March 7, 2014

Why your health club should offer aquatic exercise programs and provide access to all?

     Pools can be a great asset for health clubs. Pools are not only great draws for families.  It allows facilities to offer multiple programs for aquatic exercise, rehabilitation, cross training and much more.  By providing access to your swimming pool you can draw in a variety of individuals of all ages, fitness and wellness levels to increase your overall membership.  Aquatic exercise is often more effective than land based exercise for strength and cardiovascular training.



     There is a growing movement towards aquatic exercise and aqua therapy emerging in the United States.  Programs include aquatic spin classes, underwater treadmill running and more.  The major benefit of these programs is they provide a low impact, pain free, calorie burning fitness program.  Individuals can enjoy a cardio workout, improved circulation, overall fitness with minimal strain on joints and past injuries.

   


     Health clubs can also benefit from health care’s new focus on rehabilitation methods involving aquatic therapy.  Patients recovering from surgery or other health issues are seeking a facility that can accommodate their rehabilitation needs.  New aqua therapy products provide stability in the water for therapy and rehabilitation needs. The water itself provides buoyancy which can reduce weight and impact by up to 90%. Warm water can better improve circulation and flexibility.



     The handicap industry is pushing to provide access for all individuals of varied abilities to your pool or spa. This can significantly benefit health club members and the overall business.  The ADA estimates one in five individuals have a disability.  Providing access to everyone can improve your customer base by 20%. Once an individual becomes aware of your amenities and access, they often bring additional family members and friends to your location.

     Health clubs should offer a wide selection of aquatic programs to their customers.  By providing access equipment, members of all ages and wellness levels can enjoy the benefits of aquatic exercise.  Get on board with the aquatic exercise movement by investing in aquatic exercise equipment including pool bikes, elliptical trainers and treadmills.  The benefits of aquatic exercise and rehabilitation are endless.   Creating programs providing equipment to support individuals in their aerobic or muscular training will increase memberships.  Aquatic exercise helps with flexibility, endurance and body composition.  As baby boomers become older and our population more bariatric the interest, excitement and participation in aquatic exercise is going to increase dramatically.  

article by
Marcia Brower
edited by
Ashlie Moody

Monday, February 10, 2014

NEW! 13th Edition Catalog

Our 2014 (13th Edition) Catalog is complete and has new products inside. Our products are categorized into 4 main categories for convenient browsing: Pool & Spa Access, Aquatic Exercise & Training Equipment, Beach Access, and Bath & Shower Access. Check out the digital version of the catalog here or contact Michelle B at michelleb@aquacreek.com - 888-687-3552 or 406-549-0769 to request physical copies.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Troubleshooting

Here is our latest troubleshooting video 'Lift Raises & Lowers But Does Not Rotate'.  This video is applies to our Scout™, Revolution™, and Titan 600™ lifts.  If you have any further questions contact customer service at 888-687-3552.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Aquatic Exercise-Body and Mind!



Not only is water essential for life, also for our body and mind. There are many ways to enjoy the water and improve your health. There are various programs available for aquatic exercise, therapy, sport and training. The possibilities of water activities seem to be endless.

There are Adaptive Aquatics programs held for disabled children. The program teaches children to float in water, regardless of their disability by relaxing into a floating position. The class also goes over basic swimming skills and range of motion exercises depending on the needs of each child. Floating on your back can be relaxing and increase the child's confidence in water.  If they were in a situation where they fell into the water and had to wait until help arrived they would be safe.  The water provides an environment where the children can play and get exercise.

You do not have to be a strong swimmer to benefit from aquatic exercise. The classes are done in chest deep water. There are many aquatic classes available including spin, dance, kick boxing, yoga and Pilates. The resistance of water can help develop strength.  Using water exercise equipment allows you to vary the intensity of a workout.

Physicians often recommend and issue a prescription for aquatic physical therapy. The water allows you to move more freely and decreases pain.  Water has a therapeutic effect on our muscles allowing them to relax and increase flexibility.  The warm temperature of the water increases blood flow throughout the body.  This enables faster healing.

There are many ways to enjoy the water and regardless of your goals aquatic exercise may be right for you. The water provides a safe, low impact environment to exercise, relax or just have fun.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Enterprise-Wide ADA Compliance Is Best Solution


"ADA Defense lawyer: Pool lift litigation proliferates. Why enterprise-wide compliance is the best solution.

By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®

It has been almost a year since the Department of Justice's ADA requirement for fixed or permanent pool lifts in "places of public accommodation" has been in effect. Now a fact (and cost) of doing business in the hospitality industry, many of our clients and friends in the industry are asking, "what's the result of all this activity, what's going on now?" Well, after all the lobbying, education, handwringing, headaches, counseling, and expense, we can say .... things went pretty much as predicted:

  • Many hotel owners complied with the requirements and were prompted to take a comprehensive look at all ADA requirements and bring their properties and procedures into enterprise-wide compliance.
  • Others are getting sued by serial plaintiffs, armed with a new reason to sue hotel owners under the ADA. "

Click here to read the whole article



Friday, December 20, 2013

Aqua Creek Food Drive

The Results Are In....


Aqua Creek’s Annual Food Bank Drive has come to end.  Aqua Creek raised 2284 pounds of food for the Missoula Food Bank.  But that's not all.... Owner/CEO Brian Goettlich matched the raised amount, bringing our grand total to 4498 pounds of donated food! Happy Holidays from Aqua Creek! 


4 boxes and 3 pallets bring Aqua Creek's employee total to 2284 pounds of food

And the winning team......

The Elfs (1,158 lbs)



Team Elf: Ross, Ashlie, Curt, Dwayne, Greg H. James S., Jason R., Malori, Tyler R., Will M.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Aqua Creek Food Drive

Aqua Creek’s Annual Food Bank Drive has kicked off! It will run until Wednesday, December 18th at noon! We have broken our employees up into four teams:

Team Elf: Ross, Ashlie, Curt, Dwayne, Greg H. James S., Jason R., Malori, Tyler R., Will M.
Team Gingerbread: Kyle, Garth, Jamey, Jim S., Kim, Scott K., Laura, Marcia, Tom K., Tyler T.
Team Snowmen: Randy, Bruce, David, James F., Sal, Scott S. Steve, Tom G., Vernon, Will G.
Team Reindeer: Josh, Andy, Cathy, Dallas, Dan, Greg I., Krystal, Michelle, Ray, Trent  


Last year we donated 2,226 pounds of food to the Missoula Food Bank.  Brian Goettlich, owner of Aqua Creek Products, will match the total amount of food raised by the teams. This year we are shooting for a total of 3,000 pounds of food.  Check back after the 18th for the final results! Happy Holidays!