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Pool for laps?

Postby Tehhund » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:27 pm

I want to get back to swimming laps for exercise, and currently I don't have access to a pool. I'd like to find a place that I can use year-round, so outdoor pools (and lakes!) are out.

Any suggestions? I'm on the West side, but I'm willing to drive.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:38 pm

I started to post that you can buy general public memberships to the Nat and Serf on campus, but I wuz wrong. That only works for the Shell.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby depinmad » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:54 pm

supreme health and fitness on odana.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby Crockett » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:55 pm

The UW Health Fitness center on Science Dr has a great pool and flexible hours.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:58 pm

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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby ilikebeans » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:50 pm

Pinnacle Health and Fitness and Princeton Club both have pools, but also have the accompanying monthly rates for private clubs.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby Galoot » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:12 pm

Check the schedule at all the health clubs mentioned, and be sure to ask about ahy changes that they will have during their winter scheduling.

Supreme has an OK pool, but during the winter when I was training for triathlons, there was a triathlon club training there in the mornings, which took up both of my scheduled training days. In the evenings, there is often some kind of aqua aerobics class right after work, so I had to wait until fairly late in the evening to swim.

The "triathlon club" wasn't included in the club fees, of course--it would have required me paying several hundred dollars extra, for the couple of months of swimming.

I would also like to find a good place to swim in the mornings, but I haven't found it yet.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby Dairylander » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:31 pm

Harbor Athletic Club on the corner of Allen Blvd and Century Ave in Middleton has a lap pool in the basement that has a salt water cleaning system.
Unlike the typical chlorine pools, you won't have red eyes or damaged hair or dry skin.
You'll never want to get in a regular pool again.
I think Pinnacle in Fitchburg has one too.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby bitcharista » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:48 pm

Prairie Athletic Club is building a new gorgeous lap pool as we speak. Check out their website.

However, they are in Sunny P....maybe a little too far for you.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby ilikebeans » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:07 am

Dairylander wrote:Harbor Athletic Club on the corner of Allen Blvd and Century Ave in Middleton has a lap pool in the basement that has a salt water cleaning system.
Unlike the typical chlorine pools, you won't have red eyes or damaged hair or dry skin.
You'll never want to get in a regular pool again.
I think Pinnacle in Fitchburg has one too.

Pinnacle's is indeed a salt-water system. It is glorious. Pretty sure the downtown location does not have a pool, however.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby bluethedog » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:40 am

Not a big fan of the salt water pools myself...I'm sure I'm in the minority though.

Besides that, all pools are not built alike. Supreme's pool is only 65 feet long, 10 yards shorter than a typical 25 yard pool.

The lane widths vary too; if you are going to swim with other people this can make a big difference.

I'd also ask what temp they keep the pool at. A warm pool may be fine for family swim but it sucks doing laps in it.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby depinmad » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:44 am

supreme is salt water too.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby keysrawk » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:28 am

just FYI folks, salt water pools are still chlorine pools. it's just means it self-generates it's own chlorine. they tend to maintain a lower level of chlorine however so it feels better on the skin - but still chlorine. seems to be exaggerated that they're somehow completely different. sorry to get a bit off topic.
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Re: Pool for laps?

Postby Huckleby » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:49 pm

Crockett wrote:The UW Health Fitness center on Science Dr has a great pool and flexible hours.


The pool is great, but the hours are limited on weekends. And they tend to close the pool for more days per year than health clubs. I've been a member there for while, overall its a pleasant place to swim.

I think the pool at Harbor Athletic Club in middleton is a good option.
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