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Spas and Hot Tubs in the News

August 1st, 2013 by

SPA-AND-HOT-TUB-NEWSAnyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows that we like to highlight spas and hot tubs in the news. Jerry and I keep our ears to the ground, reading press releases, hot tub blogs, forums and online groups. Here’s a collection of our favorite stories this year, we’ve stumbled onto online. Enjoy.

 

Best of Class Awards

leg-lamp - it's a Major Award!Las Vegas, NV, USA (PRWEB) Just released this morning, is a press release announcing the Best of Class awards for pool and spa builders and manufacturers. I’ve ranted before about the large numbers of awards that are given to various spa manufacturers or spa models. Most of them aren’t real, but instead give top awards to the spa maker that pays the most, or buys the most advertising. So, when you see that this model or that brand of spa has received a Major Award – take it with a grain of salt.

 

Bookkeeper Sentenced to 3 Years

bustedTOMS RIVER, NJ (nj.com) – Gina Harle, 57, of Loveladies, Long Beach Island,  was sentenced today to a three year State prison term on one count of third degree theft and a five year term on one count of second degree computer theft. The court also ordered restitution in the amount of $52,946.09 payable to Hotsprings Spas of N.J LTD. Ms. Harle was found guilty of inappropriately using the Hot Springs Spa credit card, to pay her own credit card bills, and even paid $26,000 on her Volvo automobile with Hot Springs monies. Keep an eye on the accounting office staff!

Jacuzzi Brands Restructures

jacuzzi-logoCHINO HILLS, Calif.–(Businesswire)–Jacuzzi Brands LLC, announced today the closing of a recapitalization transaction that significantly raises liquidity, materially reduces outstanding indebtedness and extends the maturity dates of its loans out to 2018 and beyond. The transaction will position Jacuzzi to capitalize on opportunities from the recovery of the housing industry and the overall economy. They essentially restructured away $124 million in debt. Great move for Jacuzzi.

 Hot Tub Cinema Next Big Thing?

hot-tub-cinema(Hackneycitizen.co.uk) – For £30 a head you should know what you’re letting yourself in for. Sitting in a tub watching classic films is definitely fun, but to pay so much and then to have to buy the themed cocktails and food on top of that seems like a splash in the face. And if there are not six of your friends in the tub then more likely than not you’ll be grazing the leg of a total stranger, and the more you accidentally do it, the weirder the looks you get. Funny article about the popular new London rage, rooftop hot tub cinema, spreading to New Zealand and Australia I hear, maybe near you?

Jacuzzi Acquires Dimension One Spas

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(PoolandSpanews.com) This is the second acquisition of another hot tub company by the Chino Hills, Calif.-based firm in less than eight months. In June 2012, Jacuzzi brought ThermoSpas Hot Tub Products into its fold. As part of the deal, the business now will be called New Dimension One Spas and will continue to operate as a separate unit from Jacuzzi with most existing operation remaining at the current site in Vista, Calif. Jacuzzi has a lot of cash on the table. I wish them much luck in their ventures.

 

Balboa sued under the Sherman Antitrust Act

balboa(Salon.com) A lawsuit filed by a Californian manufacturer of hot tub electronic control systems claiming that another California company — the apparent Microsoft of the hot tub world — was restricting competition via aggressive litigation. The bulk of the complaint accuses Balboa of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act by using a monopoly (defined by Newport as 75 % of the market for hot tub electronic controls) power to crush Newport’s attempt to get a share of the market. Balboa – the Microsoft of the Spa and Hot Tub world?

‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Sequel Could Happen

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(Huffpost.com) “Hot Tub Time Machine,” the cult 2010 comedy that starred John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson, Chevy Chase, Lizzy Caplan and Jessica Pare may be doing a sequel.

This might be the best hot tub news of the year – or maybe not. But, however you feel about the movie, or the concept – it looks like talks are underway between MGM and some of the original cast, to reprise roles for a sequel, or prequel, or something to do with time traveling with a hot tub.

Stolen Jacuzzi Recovered, Thief In Hot Water

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(khq.com) A spa on a trailer is stolen and recovered within hours. Jeff Hickethier called Crime Check to report that a hot tub had been stolen from his premises (without water). The spa was on trailer display with a For Sale sign; proceeds benefiting the Deer Park High School archery club.

“One of the deputies was just driving by and saw someone unloading a hot tub off a trailer; had I not turned that report in, there’d be no way I’d be driving my trailer back to Deer Park,” Hickethier told KHQ on the scene.

 

 

Spas and Hot Tubs for Fibromyalgia Relief

July 25th, 2013 by

image credit to astraldreamer.deviantart.com/The causes of Fibromyalgia are not well understood, but the symptoms are documented in over 5 million Americans, according to the CDC. Stiffness, tingling, numbness, pain – in areas of the body not affected by disease or disorder. It occurs in over 3% of women, and less than 1% in men, and is described as general and persistent pain in various parts of the body.

A study at the University of Maryland found that many of their subjects found some relief in warm water therapy, such as that found in a bubbling hot tub or spa.

And I myself, as I have aged, have found myself victim to aches and pains in my joints, but also sometimes in odd areas, like my heels or mid-thigh. It sometimes starts just as a low numbness, but can tighten itself up into a pinching sharp pain.

Hot water and gentle movements restores blood flow to an area under blood constriction. Blood flow brings oxygen, and by just soaking, breathing and stretching, I can feel the pain slowly give up. A few times a month, my spa sessions are just like that – more therapy than anything else. I always find relief in my tub, and usually for the rest of the night, so I can sleep peacefully, without restless legs, or just feeling achy all over. That’s what it’s like sometimes.

It helps me to imagine that while I am taking deep, slow breaths in the hot tub, that I am directing the breath to the sore areas; that I am actually breathing the air all the way down to the painful area, whether it’s near my nose – in my neck, or down in my feet.

Rheumatologists have different ways of responding to fibromyalgia, and may include treatment in the following

  • Pharmaceuticals for pain management
  • Physical therapy and movement therapy
  • Massage or Hydrotherapy
  • Nutritional and Sleep analysis
  • Acupuncture or Network chiropractic

Some doctors have noticed differences in brain chemical activity during fibromyalgia episodes of pain. The perception of pain in different areas of the body is not felt until the brain responsible for pain acknowledgment in that area is signaled by neurotransmitters. Low serotonin levels in the same area have also been noted.

Many nutritional and herbal therapies are now being tested for efficacy in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, but there is no cure as of yet. Until they figure it out, I know one place that I can find relief – in my hot tub! Leave a comment if you also find that hot water helps!

 

Carolyn Mosby
Hot Tub Works

 

 

Inground or Aboveground Spas – Which is Better?

July 18th, 2013 by

inground-spas-vs-abovegrond-spasI love spas and hot tubs, no matter if they’re installed in the ground, above the ground, or on the roof – I love to soak in warm and fragrant waters with several friends or alone with ‘mi hombre’.

A good friend of mine told me that she was looking into getting a spa, but was having some trouble deciding between a ‘natural’ inground spa built of rock and stone, or a much less expensive portable spa. Good blog topic, don’t you think?

 

POOL / SPA COMBO

This conversation is not about having a spa attached to a swimming pool. Many people have these, and my friend does have a pool, but the cost of retrofitting a spa to an existing pool can be high. Plus, having a pool/spa combo – is just not a real spa, in my mind. It definitely increases the wow factor of your inground pool, but it’s usually so far from the house, takes too long to heat up, has uncomfortable bench seating, and just 6 or 8 jets.

The question addressed today is the decision of installing an separate inground spa, built of rock and stone, or buying a ready-to-go spa.

Inground Spa or Aboveground Spa?

My friend feels that a portable spa looks big and clunky, and won’t add much appeal to her fabulous backyard (it is quite beautiful). I was quick to tell her that she could certainly sink an acrylic spa shell into the ground, or build a deck of wood or concrete to surround a regular spa.

After looking at her planned location for her new spa, I have to agree that just plunking down a portable spa onto a slab of concrete would not be the most aesthetically pleasing option. She said she likes how my spa is placed. Nothing special, but we have our spa half-sunk into a wooden gazebo type of thing. It’s actually more of a Pergola type of structure, with lots of hanging plants and climbing Clematis that I’ve been trying to nurture.

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Inground Spa Advantages

  • Unlimited Design, as big or stylish as you want it to be.
  • Infinite ability to blend it into backyard decor and themes.
  • Can be at ground level or be raised up above.
  • Can integrate water features or fountains.
  • Variety of materials, such as concrete, tile, vinyl, acrylic, stainless.

Inground Spa Disadvantages

  • Large or unusual shapes will need expensive spa covers.
  • Can cost considerably more than portable spas to install.
  • Not nearly as energy efficient as a portable spa or hot tub.
  • Seating is typically not as comfortable or relaxing.
  • Cover Lifters are typically not possible for spa covers.
  • Exposed equipment requires winterization or constant operation.
  • Typically has only 6 or 8 jets, which may be not as powerful.

 

Aboveground Spa Advantages

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  • Easy to install, nearly plug and play (most require 230V).
  • Very economical to operate, +/- $20 per month.
  • Although quite heavy, it can be moved to new locations.
  • 30-100 jets are standard in most portable spas.
  • Contoured, smooth seating surfaces, at varied heights.
  • Can integrate a spa cover lifter, for easy cover removal.
  • Spa equipment is protected from the weather, beneath the spa.
  • Features such as LED lighting and integrated stereo units.
  • Less costly to cover, most portable spas use standard spa covers.

Aboveground Spa Disadvantages

  • Not as attractive as an inground spa. Large and bulky.
  • Fewer options for interior surfaces, usually acrylic or thermoplastic.
  • Entrance and exit can be tricky, especially without spa steps.
  • Shapes and styles are more limited than inground spas.
  • Exterior wood skirt may require some maintenance.

Each type of spa has it’s own disadvantages and it’s own advantages. Not a clear cut choice. For some, it will come down to budget. And, don’t forget that you can always install a spa shell into any type of structure that you can imagine – stone, wood, rock.

I’ve seen some pretty fancy spas that were built around a spa shell, which is easily ordered from any spa manufacturer. Below are some examples of what I mean.

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To see more awesome hot tubs, see Jack’s recent blog post “12 Spectacular Spas & Hot Tubs“.

I’m not bossy or pushy (most of the time) – so I’ll let my good friend make her own decision. Either way, you can be certain that I and ‘mi hombre’ will be one of the first to crash her hot tub!

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

12 Spectacular Spas & Hot Tubs

June 3rd, 2013 by

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I have always admired unique designs in spas and hot tubs. There are so many creative ways to enjoy hot water – indoors or out! With much respect to these hot tub designers, who unfortunately will have to remain nameless, as I don’t  know who they are!

Maybe these spa designs will spark some ideas about your own backyard hot springs. For most of us, (myself included), we have these boxy, aboveground spas. Functional, practical, every bit as soothing – but these spas below, they have something special.

 

Here’s a few images of some of the world’s top hot tubs – the most luxurious, alluring and peaceful places of hot water heaven. These are some of my favorite hot tub designs, and I’m glad to share them. You can share these, too!

Round cedar hot tub flanked by large outdoor wood deck.

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Another traditional wood hot tub with steps and lighted surround wall.

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Natural rock spa quarried from behind the house? Built from concrete and stone!

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Vinyl swim spa with auto cover, surrounded by wood deck & bamboo.

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This stone spa is fantastic! Love the unique fence, too.

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Another great use of wood decking to surround a hot tub. This one floats over the lake!

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And this spa floats over the ocean, with hues of blue to match!

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Tranquil, serene oasis overlooking the woods. Very zen.

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For a touch of elegance, the winner of the tile category, with classic roman ends.

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This combination swim spa and hot tub has built in music, tv and bar! Party spa!

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California design? Would love this in my Californian backyard!

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I don’t see this in my backyard, but this resort sure has it going on!

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Thanks for checking out my gallery of spectacular spas and jaw dropping hot tubs! If you know where these tubs are, or were involved in the design of these fantastic hot tubs, we’d love to give you credit – leave a comment below!

 

- Jack

 

Hot Tub Innovation

November 6th, 2012 by

New Hot Tubs with the Jet Pak Therapy System Unveiled by Bullfrog Spas

Model-A7 Spa by Bullfrog Spas

 

 

Bullfrog Spas unveils entirely redesigned 2013 hot tubs with a re-engineered JetPak Therapy System at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in New Orleans.

 

Bullfrog Spas Model A7

 

Quote startIt’s been at least a decade since the industry has seen a launch of this magnitude.
~ Jerry Pasley, CEOQuote end

 

 

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) November 06, 2012

Bullfrog Spas today unveiled a new line of stylish and advanced hot tubs for 2013. Bullfrog’s new spas feature a completely re-engineered JetPak Therapy System that represents a technological leap forward in this product category.

Bullfrog Spas’ new hot tubs have created a significant buzz at the 2012 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. This annual event is the Pool and Spa Industry’s largest trade show, attracting thousands of pool and spa retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and industry press.

Bullfrogs Spas’ CEO, Jerry Pasley, commented: “I’ve been in this industry a long time and I’ve never seen a combination of technology and innovative design like this. It’s really quite remarkable. It’s been at least a decade since the industry has seen a launch of this magnitude.”

Bullfrog’s new hot tub designs are aesthetically stunning, incorporating unique design elements in 11 entirely new spa models that have been engineered and crafted with attention to detail. The semi-square flush-mount jets, new to the hot tub industry, are both distinctively attractive and functional. In addition, Bullfrog has redesigned their 100% wood-free EternaWood cabinets and continues to use their 100% wood-free EnduraFrame hot tub support structure to provide durability, precision, and strength.

Even though the designs are striking, the feature everyone is talking about on the 2013 Bullfrog Spas is “under the hood” where an entirely redesigned JetPak Therapy System does away with most of the plumbing on the spa. The new JetPak Therapy System provides uniquely therapeutic jetted massages that can be customized to the spa owner’s liking and personalized at any time by easily interchanging JetPaks.

Bullfrog first burst onto the pool and hot tub scene in 1996 with spas built with their original patented JetPak Technology. JetPaks and a culture of quality have helped Bullfrog to consistently rank as the industry’s fastest growing company. The new 2013 spa line and all new JetPak Therapy System promise to only increase the pace of Bullfrog’s growth.

For more information on Bullfrog Spas and the JetPak Therapy System please call 800-770-0292

Hot Tub Dealer Publishes Guide to Educate

October 19th, 2012 by

Beaverton Hot Tub Dealer Publishes Guide to Educate The Public on the Merits of Physical Therapy and Hydrotherapy to Help People Improve Their Physical Health and Well-Being.

Beaverton, OR (PRWEB) October 19, 2012

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This October, health care practitioners and care givers are excited to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month. In appreciation of all the hard work and dedicated help therapists contribute, now is the perfect time to highlight the important role physical therapy plays in improving the lives of those suffering from chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain. Oregon Hot Tub, a HotSpring Spas dealer selling new and used hot tubs with stores in Portland and surrounding areas like Beaverton and Bend, OR has decided to do participate in this very worthy event.

“Raising awareness and informing others of the benefits of physical therapy is an important goal and one that can improve the lives of patients and caregivers for years to come,” said Sue Rogers, president of Oregon Hot Tub. “From pain management to increased mobility, therapy eases suffering, strengthens muscles and makes it easier to move, here are three things that people may want to,” continued Rogers.

How Physical Therapy Helps – Muscle and joint pain from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or other chronic conditions can be debilitating and physical therapy can help. Treatment is different for everyone, customized to suit the needs of each person. A consistent program with a skilled therapist can make movement easier and less painful by improving strength, endurance, stability and flexibility. Typically, physical therapy combines a variety of techniques including massage, muscle manipulation, cold laser therapy and more. As an effective, all natural and safe strategy for pain management, physical therapy improves mobility and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Avoiding Prescription Medications and Surgery – Physical therapy typically focuses on not only pain management, but also, injury prevention, healing and restoring the ability to move. For those suffering with chronic pain, the right treatment can reduce the possibility of having to rely on prescription drugs or surgery for relief. In fact, with improved mobility, restored movement and increased muscular strength, physical therapy may even prevent long term disability. Mobility is the key to aging well and combined with a consistent physical therapy program, taking steps to stay physically active and healthy can eliminate the need for prescription drugs or surgery.

Hot Tub Hydrotherapy – Using a hot tub is an easy way to enhance a physical therapy program. Hot tub hydrotherapy- heat, massage and buoyancy- has been used for centuries to alleviate pain and discomfort, relax muscles and promote health and well-being. For chronic pain relief, a hot tub is ideal, providing the right combination of relaxation and massage to increase flexibility, increase range of motion and soothe sore, stiff muscles and joints. The perfect solution for emergency situations when physical therapy is unavailable, a hot tub provides instant relief.

“To encourage local residents to check out the benefits of soaking in a hot tub to help improve their overall health and well-being, Oregon Hot Tub is providing free test soaks at all their showrooms. We do recommend however that people wanting to schedule their free 30-minute soak call us ahead of time to reserve their spot,” commented Dave Doornink, Oregon Hot Tub’s Marketing Director.

To find the nearest Oregon Hot Tub location, visit the company website for more information.

Hot Tub or Hot Tug?

October 2nd, 2012 by

I came across a CNET article about these fun hot tubs made in the Netherlands. You gotta love these folks that are making hot tubs go where they have never gone before.

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What is a HotTug? A wood-fired hot tub in which you can sail and a tugboat in which you can enjoy warm baths. With or without water the HotTug is a wide and stable boat for up to six people.

In the HotTug you can always enjoy yourself … whatever the weather is. Relax steaming through the canal, harbor or a lake? You’re able to with the HotTug!

This floating, boating hot tub is constructed from wood, coated with fiberglass. The HotTug has a stainless steel stove with a single wall pipe. The HotTug is available in two versions: 1 with integrated electric motor of 2.4 KW 2 with outboard.

How is the water in the HotTug heated?
A wood stove heats the water.

How long does it fill up with water and how long does it take to heat the water?
The filling rate depends on the thickness of the hose and the pressure. The HotTug can contain 2000 liters. The heater heats the water about eight degrees per hour. On average, it takes 3 hours before the water is 38 degrees Celsius. (or 100° in Fahrenheit).

How do you empty the HotTug?
The easiest way is with a submersible pump. With a small pump the HotTug is emptied in twenty minutes.

How hot is the water?
As warm as you want, but average people find a comfortable temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and that is no problem for the HotTug heater.

How many people are able to sit in the HotTug?
Six to eight people can sit in the HotTug.

How does the HotTug sail?
The HotTug is available in two versions:
1 with integrated electric motor of 2.4 KW
2 with outboard engine (electric or petrol)

How long do the batteries last?
The batteries will last at least 600 cycles. If they are not fully discharged, they last longer. On average you need to replace the batteries every seven years.

How much maintenance does the HotTug need?
Depending on the surrounding water (salt / freshwater / brackish), it is wise to apply a layer of antifouling every year or every two years. You need to empty the heater every season.

Where is the HotTug for sale?
At this moment the HotTug exclusively at supergoed.nl

Is the HotTug available in other colors?
By default, the HotTug is black, but at extra cost, any RAL and NCS colors are possible.

Where can I see the HotTug?
In cooperation with the Storm Water Sports, the HotTug is introduced at ‘in water boat show’ / Hiswa 2012. In addition you can see the HotTug at supergoed by appointment.

Does It Need A Hot Tub Cover?

Yes, but they don’t make them, but HotTubWorks.com does, so you are in luck!

 

Wine And Green Tea Hot Tubs

September 18th, 2012 by

 

Once per year, a spa resort in Japan fills it’s pools with wine, offering guests a chance to soak in a blend of wine and water. The powers that be at the spa, claim that bathing in red wine is a rejuvenation treatment for the body – a belief that was popularized by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.

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The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun offers guests the chance to stew in large ponds of green tea, coffee, sake or red wine all in the name of healthy and well-being. Touted as more of a water amusement park than a health spa, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun only opens the wine pool for 12 days a year.

The most popular type of wine in Japan is the Beaujolais Nouveau, and for the last four years, the spa has been providing a yearly opening of the wine pool in which Beaujolais Nouveau is piped into the pool via an oversized wine bottle that is filled with eager bathers.
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For those of you who are sad to hear of the wasted wine, fret not – the bathers are tended to by a sommelier who is ready to fill up their glasses with the same wine they are bathing in out of a fresh bottle.

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The Green Tea spa features teas from the Tanzawa and Hakone mountains and the spa area features a giant 2m tall tea pot. The aromatic green tea contains Catechin, a powerful anti-oxidant that fights tumors and enhances the immune system.
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Bathing in a large vat of coffee (coffee grinds mixed with natural hot spring water) is effecting in treating skin suffering from fatigue and the aroma of the coffee will “perk up the senses”.
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And finally, bathing in a sake-filled tub will improve the beauty of one’s skin…or at least that’s what the folks over at the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park & Spa Resort say.

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Hakone, Kanagawa is home to the most popular spa centre in all of Japan for a period of 12 days every year. What makes this outdoor hot springs and spa resort so popular, you ask? Well, the sheer ridiculousness of it all, of course. Leave it to the Japanese to exaggerate spa-based practices to the point where they are quite comical (and efficacy of treatments become questionable).

 

Additional amenities at the spa include the Mori NO YU resort zone that allows guests to enjoy the hot springs in a secluded area that is designated as a nude bathing zone.

 

Now I know I’ve heard it all …

Hot Tub Exercise Bike

September 13th, 2012 by

$18,000 ‘Flushable Jacuzzi’ Bike, Made in USA

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Biking in Hot Water? Jets spray your legs and your rear end as you ride. A digital display counts off the miles. When you’re done, the unit flushes, discarding your sweaty workout water down the drain.

This invention seems to be inspired by forces beyond, the FitWet Bike, says the company, “combines the effects of biking, water resistance, & jets to improve results 10 times faster than an average bike.”

 

 

I don’t think that Hottubworks.com would endorse this product. For that kind of money I would look at a swim spa by Artesian Spas which has a lot more options for fitness and hot tubbing.pool-bike

There are also a few types of exercise bikes meant for swimming pools. Just place them on a flat surface in the shallow end of the pool, plug in your iPod, and get your workout on!

What do you think of the Hot Tub Bike? Would you like to have one of these exercise bikes to workout while underwater?

 

Hot Spring Spas Goes Mobile

September 13th, 2012 by

World’s leading hot tub manufacturer first in industry to deliver website for today’s “on the move” consumer
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VISTA, Calif., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Hot Spring® Spas, the world’s number one selling hot tub brand, announces a significant enhancement to HotSpring.com, mobile optimization.

Optimization ensures that consumers find readable, relevant, local information on their smart phones or tablet computers, quickly. Hot Spring is the first major hot tub brand to fully optimize its site for mobile consumers.

According to Google 53% of American consumers use their smartphones to access search engines at least once a day1. By 2015, 81% of U.S. cell users will have smartphones2 and one in three will own a tablet computer.

“We know our customers are looking for us on their mobile devices,” said Kacy Rivers, Brand Manager for Hot Spring. “Our commitment is to deliver the information they need, when they need it – whether they are in the car, the store, or anywhere they are considering a hot tub-related purchase.”

The optimization of www.HotSpring.com includes the introduction of features designed specifically with the mobile consumer in mind.

Location. Through geo-location (when enabled by user) the site is populated with information about the Hot Spring dealer nearest to them automatically.
Navigation. From easy-to-read fonts, thumb-friendly buttons, and a “less is more” approach, the mobile site is easy to navigate on any device.
Content. Mobile customers are looking for specific product information, often from inside the store4. Using a combination of QR codes on in-store displays and/or user-friendly, interactive product pages on the mobile site, customers will easily access information on any Hot Spring product.
Ratings. Ratings and reviews are a key product feature demanded by today’s educated mobile consumer, especially when considering a long-term, purchase for their home.

“Mobile optimization isn’t a trend or a gimmick, it’s a consumer revolution,” said Brian Glass, Marketing Manager for Watkins the manufacturer of Hot Spring Spas. “Within a year or two, we believe mobile will be a touch point for virtually every Hot Spring hot tub purchase.”

Mobile optimization is the most recent in a series of enhancements to the Hot Spring online platform which, in spring 2012 included new “quick-click” icons for categories, such as jet therapy, energy-efficiency, easy water-care systems; product & lifestyle videos; a 3-D deck design tool; and ratings & reviews.

Since its launch Hot Spring models have achieved an average rating of 4.6 on a scale of 5 stars.
“Until recently the idea of shopping for a hot tub on a mobile phone sounded pretty far-fetched, but not anymore,” said Rivers. “Today we know that it isn’t the size of the purchase, it’s about providing our customers with the resources they need for any purchase in a way that is convenient for them. At Hot Spring this has always been our commitment.”

About Hot Spring Spas
Hot Spring Spa is the world’s leading brand of Hot Tubs and are sold through a network of more than 700 independent dealers throughout North America and 60 countries globally. Hot Spring Spas provides customers with the highest level of quality, innovation, energy-efficiency and customer support to deliver the absolute best hot tub ownership experience. Hot Spring Spas are manufactured by Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company whose products include such trusted brands as Delta® faucets, KraftMaid® cabinets and Behr® paints. Visit HotSpring.com for more information and dealer locations.

SOURCE Hot Spring Spas

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