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Hot Tub Staycations

August 28th, 2012 by

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Kristin Danley-Greiner  From Demoines Register

The concept of a “staycation” coupled with a slowdown in the home construction market spurred members of the Kohles family of Johnston to open Aqua Oasis Pool and Spa.

“With a custom building background, we wanted to cater to customers as a one-stop-shop, keeping in mind the ‘staycations’ people were taking,” A.J. Kohles said. “As people were building three- and four-season rooms, they might want to put a hot tub in there or a pool in their backyard instead of going on a family vacation to Florida.”

Being a family-owned business from the Johnston area, Kohles said they strive to offer the best quality product at the most affordable price around town. They recently showcased their products at the Iowa State Fair.

“There were seven different companies inside and outside the Varied Industries building,” Kohles said. “It’s definitely busy at the fair, especially since a lot of manufacturers offer special incentives or perks during fair time. We deliver to customers in a 50- to 60-mile radius. We’ve also taken on some new lines from companies, so we have even more to offer customers.”

Kohles shared more about the pool and spa business with the Register:

Q: Who are the majority of your customers seeking pools and hot tubs?

From families to baby boomers. Families want to swim at home while some baby boomers seek hot tubs for their hydrotherapy that aids in relieving arthritis and joint pain relief. They’re also popular simply because people want a nice hot tub to entertain in.

Q: How are hot tubs popular year-round?

Ninety percent of our customers put them outside. Because they are portable spas and pre-plumbed, all you have to do is run electric to them. The best time to get in them is in the fall, winter and spring evenings. We love it when people tell us they used their hot tub one night when it was 10 below and snowing and how it was one of the best experiences they’d had.

Q: What is the most popular hot tub?

It really depends upon the use, whether for entertaining or health reasons. People want to get into a hot tub at the cheapest price while still having a quality tub. We offer a really sharp hot tub that no one else in the area offers.

Q: What is the most popular pool?

Above-ground pools are more popular than in-ground, simply because of the price point more than anything. You can get into most above-ground pools for under $10,000 and most in-ground pools start at $25,000. Above-ground pools also can be partially submerged into the ground.

Q: What has changed about pools and hot tubs?

If people haven’t owned either one in the last 10 years, they are now very energy efficient. A lot of hot tubs are virtually close to being a maintenance-free system and it doesn’t take as much upkeep as one might expect. There’s also different chemical systems that make things easier when owning a pool. A lot of people are putting in a chlorine generator, which basically is a saltwater system. It takes sodium chloride and the generator turns it into chlorine, so it’s continuously being treated. The technology has evolved in the last five or 10 years with pools, too, and they really aren’t that expensive or difficult to maintain.

 

Round Hot Tub Wins IDEA Design Award

August 10th, 2012 by

Bullfrog Spas Round Hot Tub Wins IDEA Design Award

Round hot tubs have a certain feng shui, don’t you think? Sure, a large square spa will hold more people, but for many people sensitive to the shapes used around their home, this round hot tub is a real winner!

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Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 10, 2012

Bullfrog Spas was recently honored with a 2012 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for product design excellence. The award was given specifically for the design of the SportX Model 151R round hot tub.

Bullfrog Spas, in collaboration with Rocketship Design, an industrial design firm located in Salt Lake City, Utah designed a round hot tub that hearkens back to classic California redwood and Japanese oforu spas of days gone by while including cutting edge JetPak Technology and clean modern details.

The IDEA Awards are presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) each year as “a celebration of design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts.”

2012 Jury Chair Rhys Newman, head of advanced projects at Nokia commented on the thought process that went into the award selections. “This year’s jury awarded products that brought together hardware, software, service and experience. While there are many well-designed, innovative products, the exciting future is in the convergence of disciplines and expertise that span the digital and physical divide, ultimately resulting in useful and beautiful products for people.” (Source: IDSA http://www.idsa.org/2012-idea%C2%AE-winners-reflect-best-design)

In addition to the retro-modern design of the SportX 151R hot tub, Bullfrog’s innovations in spas and hot tubs include patented JetPak Technology, a modular hot tub jetting system that allows spa owners to customize the massages in their spa and interchange them at any time.

Bullfrog is honored by the IDEA award and inspired to continue to strive for excellence in usable and sustainable designs and technologies in our hot tubs.

About Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and Bullfrog Spas are sold through Bullfrog Authorized Retailers across the US and Canada and in several international markets, including Brazil and Europe. Bullfrog executives, including CEO, Jerry Pasley, are available for interview.

To learn more about Bullfrog Spas or to design a custom hot tub online, please visit bullfrogspas.com.

Best Diet Ever – Hot Tub Diet

June 12th, 2012 by

 

The Hot Tub Diet

hot-tub-dietFor Bridget Praytor, every woman’s magazine on the supermarket checkout line rack and every weight loss book on the Internet promised magic: a perfect body in a month, if she just followed this week’s fad diet.

But how long could someone eat only grapefruit, only beef, or only cabbage soup? At the drugstore, boxes of “magic pills” promised “Lose 10 Pounds in a Week!” in a huge font that nearly—but not quite—distracted her from the tiny “may cause death or permanent health problems” warning.

The gym promised her health and happiness—so why after torturing herself on the treadmill two hours every day, did she feel fat and miserable?

And then, after spending most of her adulthood giving in to the seductive call of convenience-store powdered donuts (small, cute, and six to a cellophane package), drinking twelve-packs of diet soda to try to fill herself up, taking diet pills, buying every kind of magic protein shake imaginable, running in a marathon without training for it, training three hours a day for an Ironman just to try to lose weight, and spending hours at the gym because she felt guilty about her weight (followed by evenings of guilt-eating because all that gym time cut into being with her family), Bridget’s life changed in an instant.

Rear-ended by a driver who hadn’t noticed the light had turned red, Bridget was devastated to learn that she wouldn’t be able to exercise strenuously for months. No more ironman. No more treadmill. No more no-pain, no-gain excessive workouts.

The only thing she could even do at the gym (where a little free childcare—salvation for a mother of three children under four—came with the membership) was sit in the hot tub. And so she sat. And listened to people talk as they sat next to her. And started to think.

Beautiful women were calling their toned bodies “saggy.” Buff men were pinching invisible fat. Women who had just worked out for two hours were spending the next hour talking about how they hated the very bodies that they’d just worked out, the bodies that had birthed their children, the bodies that took them where they needed to go. How could all these people think such negative things about their bodies? Bridget wondered. And then, How can I say and think such terrible things about mine?

Over the course of the next several months, as Bridget changed her mindset about her body, her weight, her goals, and the meaning of “healthy,” her body changed, too, pounds melting away. The “magic” she’d been searching for didn’t exist in a fad diet, a pill, a surgeon’s office, or even the gym. The magic had been inside her all along. And it’s inside you, too.

The Hot Tub Diet is a book for anyone who is tired of diets that don’t work, tired of punishing exercises, tired of buying shoes because only accessories “look cute” on you, and tired of feeling bad about yourself—and anyone who is ready to change your mindset, feel confident, and finally have a body you love. The Hot Tub Diet is now available on Kindle as well as paperback on Amazon.

Be sure to get your hot tub cover from HotTubWorks.com for full diet effectiveness…. ;)

Jacuzzi Buys Thermo Spas

June 1st, 2012 by

Jacuzzi Continues on its Acquisition Track

jacuzzi-thermospasCHINO, CA–(Marketwire – May 31, 2012) – Jacuzzi Group Worldwide, parent company to both Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs and Sundance® Spas, announces today that an affiliated company has acquired the assets of ThermoSpas®. ThermoSpas is a manufacturer and seller of hot tubs, which began operations in 1983.

“We are very pleased to welcome ThermoSpas’ employees, suppliers and spa owners to the Jacuzzi Group family,” said Bob Rowan, president of Jacuzzi North America. “ThermoSpas’ ability to generate interest in the hot tub category combined with a cutting-edge system of managing leads will prove to be a significant benefit to our network of Jacuzzi and Sundance dealers and our corporation. Additionally, ThermoSpas’ reputation for innovative, great quality products makes them a great fit with our current business.”

President Andy Tournas in 1983 founded ThermoSpas, based in Wallingford, Conn. The company will continue operating independently of the Jacuzzi and Sundance organizations, with Tournas serving as president.

“I am personally thrilled to enter this new chapter for ThermoSpas under the ownership of Jacuzzi Group Worldwide,” said Tournas. “Their expertise and resources will enable ThermoSpas to provide outstanding service to our customer base, and I’m certain that ThermoSpas will provide some significant enhancements to the Jacuzzi and Sundance businesses.”

About Jacuzzi Group Worldwide

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Jacuzzi Group Worldwide is a leading global producer of branded hot tub and bath products for residential, commercial and institutional markets. Its products include hot tubs, whirlpool baths, air baths, soaking baths, showers, sink and toilet suites and are marketed under a widely recognized portfolio of famous brand names, including JACUZZI® and SUNDANCE®. For more information, visit jacuzzi.com.

Bullfrog Spas Wins Best of State Award

May 24th, 2012 by

Bullfrog Spas wins Best of State award – for the 9th time!

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Bullfrog Spas, manufacturer of quality portable hot tubs, was recently awarded the 2012 Best of State Award for the Pool and Spa category. This is the 9th time Bullfrog Spas has won the award since 2003.

 

 

 

The Best of State Organization has a goal of recognizing the best organizations, individuals and companies in Utah based on the following criteria*:

  • The overall excellence, superiority and quality of a nominee’s products, services or performance.
  • The creativity which nominees display to differentiate themselves from their competition.
  • The nominee’s accomplishments to improve the quality of life in their community and state, and their efforts to make the world a better place.

Bullfrog Spas continues to lead the hot tub and spa industry in quality and innovation as reflected in these accomplishments:

  • 100% wood-free composite spa support structure, no rot or warping
  • Made in the USA with non-polluting, green methods, using 25% recycled materials
  • Best energy efficiency in their class according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission
  • Lowest failure rate shown by warranty claim data and verified by technicians

Bullfrog’s innovations include the patented JetPak System, which uses modular jetted hot tub seats, or JetPaks, that allow spa owners to customize the massages in their spa and interchange them at any time.

Bullfrog’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Bullfrog Spas are sold through Authorized Retailers across the US and Canada and in several other international markets, including Brazil and Europe.

Hottubworks.com sells hot tub covers, hot tub filters, and hot tub chemicals for all Bullfrog Spas Models.

Hot Tubs Keep You Healthy

May 17th, 2012 by

Hot Tubs help fight hypertension & diabetes

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Hot Tub Lifestyle

Quote startRegular hot tub bathing may help fight hypertension & diabetesQuote end

Gatwick, UK (PRWEB UK) 17 May 2012

We always knew that hot tubs were a great place to relax with family and friends, and to get a heavenly, soothing massage, but research shows that they are also good for your health, helping fight off serious diseases like hypertension and diabetes, according to hot tub specialists Waterstream Hot Tubs, regional distributors for respected American hot tub manufacturer Spa Crest Hot Tubs.

The UK has seen a huge rise in numbers diagnosed with diabetes, rising from 1.4 million in 1996 to 2.9 million today. Estimates suggest that over four million people will have diabetes by 2025 with most cases being Type 2 diabetes, due to the rise in the numbers who are obese and an increasingly ageing population. More than ever there is an acute need to find ways to combat type 2 diabetes.

According to a report in this week’s ‘The Guardian’, the newspaper of the University of California at San Diego, results of numerous studies catalogue the positive health benefits of regular hot-tubbing, in particular Dr Philip Hooper noted in a 1999 article in the New England Journal Of Medicine that tests on diabetic patients showed significant reductions in blood glucose levels, after only three weeks of hot tub bathing for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week!

In 1962 in Pavia, Italy, Ferruccio Ritossa accidentally discovered the ‘heat shock response’, while studying molecular genetics. A fellow student increased the temperature of his drosophila (fruit fly) incubator to higher than normal. When Ritossa examined the drosophila cells, he noticed changes in a way that makes DNA more accessible to be copied, or transcribed, which he discovered was being caused by the increase in temperature. Last year, Drs Virginia Vega and Laura Alexander from UCSD demonstrated that the heat shock response improves the condition of non-obese diabetic mice.

Coupled with other benefits such as a reduction in blood pressure, reduced weight due to buoyancy, and lowered stress on the joints, Alex Kemsley, managing director of Waterstream Ltd based in Handcross nr Gatwick says that the public are welcome (by appointment) to bring along their bathing costumes so that they can try out the superb Spa Crest range at their showroom to experience the benefits for themselves. And best yet, because they recirculate and filter their water, hot tubs are exempt from the hosepipe ban!

If you need spa filters, hot tub covers, or spa chemicals; please visit www.hottubworks.com

Sources:
University of California at San Diego (http://ow.ly/azfbp)
Diabetes UK (http://ow.ly/azfqd)

 

Explosion at Hot Tub Manufacturing Plant

May 14th, 2012 by

Hot Spring Spas Resin Vats Explode!

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An explosion took place at Watkins Manufacturing home for the brands Hot Spring Spas, Caldera Spas, and  Freeflow Spas.  No injuries were reported. The explosion was on the exterior of the plant but the container that exploded did puncture the roof and cause the sprinkler system to break, causing flooding.

Watkins is known for known for being a very responsible company and most would speculate this was from isolated human error, and not poor processes on the part of the company.

 

VISTA, CA. — An 8,000-gallon container of chemicals exploded and launched through the roof at a hot-tub factory in south Vista late Thursday night, fire officials said.

No one was injured. A security guard was the only person around at 10:30 p.m. when the container exploded outside the main building of Watkins Manufacturing Corp., Vista Fire Department Capt. Robert Ford said Friday.

Hazardous materials crews from San Diego, the county, and Camp Pendleton were called in about 11 p.m. With company officials they spent the next nearly five hours dealing with the mess, Ford said. He said the cause of the blast was still under investigation.

The company makes Hot Spring and Caldera spas and hot tubs at an industrial park on Park Center Drive, west of Business Park Drive.

The container, 10 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter, held a resin-type of chemical and stood with similar containers on a raised platform behind a wall and beneath a metal roof adjacent to the factory building, Ford said.

The flying container dropped through the factory roof and ruptured the sprinkler system. When water from the sprinklers mixed with the chemical, it created a kind of slurry that did not spread beyond the immediate area or get into any waterways, Ford said.

He said when firefighters got to the factory, they could see light smoke, running water, and debris. There was no fire.

Firefighters called for additional engines and the hazardous materials crews. Ford said further clean-up duties were handed over to company officials early Friday.

Manufacturing any product can be hazardous,
And if we learn from the history of our industry,
We can avoid repeating the same mistakes.

MASTER SPAS PARTNERS WITH USA SWIMMING

March 27th, 2012 by

USA Swimming Announces Partnership with Master Spas®

Master Spas to provide swim spas and hot tubs to top U.S. swimmers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — USA Swimming today announced a partnership with Master Spas, one of the largest portable spas, hot tubs and swim spa manufacturers in the country. Master Spas will become an Official Supplier of USA Swimming.

usa-swimming logoAs part of the partnership, Master Spas will provide a hot tub and a swim spa for swimmers competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming, which will take place June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska; Master Spas will also be a part of the USA Swimming Aqua Zone fan experience in Omaha, which offers its attendees the ultimate swim-fan experience. Master Spas will hold the “Michael Phelps Swim Spa Challenge,” which will enable fans to see how they measure up against the training speed of Michael Phelps in a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas.

master-spasEvery Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas contains proprietary wave propulsion technology that provides a wider, deeper and smoother current for swimmers to train in. Resistance in the swim spa is adjustable through a Swim Number System™ that lets swimmers adjust the flow of the current as they practice.

“The partnership with Master Spas allows us to provide a great service to the athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials, as well as a one-of-a-kind fan experience to gain an appreciation for Michael Phelps’ training in a swim spa,” said Matt Farrell, USA Swimming Chief Marketing Officer. “It also allows the coaches and athletes participating in the U.S. Olympic Trials to use the swim spa system to better prepare for their own performances.”

“Master Spas is honored to be working so closely with USA Swimming to support the hopes and dreams of swimmers,” said Bob Lauter, Master Spas, CEO. “We worked with Michael and his coach, Bob Bowman, to develop a swim spa that would benefit swimmers of all levels and we’re looking forward to sharing it with the swimming community in Omaha and across the country.”

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States, USA Swimming formulates the rules, implements policies and procedures, conducts national championships, disseminates safety and sports medicine information and selects athletes to represent the United States in international competition. USA Swimming has more than 300,000 members nationwide and sanctions more than 7,000 events each year. For more information, visit USAswimming.org   .

About Master Spas

Master Spas is one of the largest portable spas, hot tubs, and swim spa manufacturers in the country, operating out of a state-of-the-art 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility on 27 acres, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Master Spas’ management team has over 80 years of spa manufacturing success, and one of the strongest track records in the industry. For more information, visit masterspas.com .

New Hot Tub Warehouse For Bullfrog Spas

March 22nd, 2012 by

Bullfrog Spas Announces Improvements in Hot Tub Delivery with New Warehouse in Eastern Canada

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Bullfrog Spas unveils new Milton, Ontario warehouse which will help get spas to Canadian hot tub dealers and customers faster.

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) March 22, 2012

Bullfrog International, manufacturer of portable hot tubs with patented modular technology, announced a new warehouse in Milton, Ontario, Canada today. This warehouse is intended to increase delivery efficiency and to decrease customer wait times for spas purchased from Authorized Bullfrog Spa Dealers in Eastern Canada.

The warehouse is stocked with hot tubs in the most popular models and sizes. Any Authorized Bullfrog Spa Dealer will be able to order from this inventory and get spas to their customers faster.

This is welcomed news to both consumers and to hot tub dealers in Eastern Canada. Kelly Hare, at Premium Pools and Spas, a Bullfrog Dealer in New Brunswick, expressed what this means for their business, “We couldn’t be happier to hear about Bullfrog’s new warehouse. This effectively increases my inventory by 4 or 5 times and lets me get my customer their spa in days instead of weeks.”

Bullfrog Spas is the fastest growing spa manufacturer and continues to expand its presence in Canadian hot tub markets. Danielle Lavallee-Wasson, International Sales Director for Bullfrog Spas expressed her thoughts on what this means for Bullfrog Dealers in Canada: “Opening this warehouse in Milton, Ontario will allow us to better serve our dealership base as well as attract new dealers who will know that this new venture is another move that shows our firm commitment and support of our Canadian clientele.”

For customers looking for a specific custom hot tub model not stocked in the Ontario warehouse they may still order with their Authorized Dealer and have their spa shipped from the factory to their Dealer’s location.Bullfrog spas logo

For any questions on Bullfrog’s new Canada warehouse feel free to contact Bullfrog Spas at info@bullfrogspas or by calling 801.565.8111.

Bullfrog executives, including founder and President, David Ludlow, are available for interview.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prwebnew-warehouse/hot-tubs-canada/prweb9307195.htm

Hottubworks.com carries hot tub covers and supplies for Bullfrog Spas.

HOT TUB BOATS

March 2nd, 2012 by

The Race to Get the First Hot Tub Boat

Posted by Steven Humphrey on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

This “rivalry” that Portland supposedly has with Seattle is a joke. We’re better in practically every conceivable way, and they know it. HOWEVER! It has come to my attention (via Bethany over at Slog) that Seattle is on the cusp of getting… THEIR OWN “HOT TUB BOAT” COMPANY. Hot Tubs! Inside a boat! That you can ride around in!

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I think Hot Tub boats are a great idea – combining two wonderful past times. They drain easily, but if you want to keep it full, we make custom Hot Tub Boat Covers, to keep the hot. Fun for all ages – I’m thinking about getting my own hot tub boat!

From the Hot Tub Boats site:

Imagine navigating the waters of Lake Union with sweeping views of the Seattle skyline while lounging in a luxurious soaking tub.
The boat can accommodate up to six persons while underway, and eight at dockside. It is powered by an almost silent electric motor at approximately 4 to 6 knots. Each hot tub boat is equipped with built in dry storage and two coolers.

The Hot Tub Boat Company also rents their spa boats, in Seattle.

What follows is a slightly amended speech first made by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Now it is time to take longer strides—time for a great new Portland enterprise—time for this Portland to take a clearly leading role in Hot Tub Boat achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth. Recognizing the head start obtained by the Seattlites with their advanced Hot Tub Boat technology, which gives them many months of lead-time, and recognizing the likelihood that they will exploit this lead for some time to come in still more impressive successes, we nevertheless are required to make new efforts on our own.

I believe that this Portland should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of sending a man onto the river in a Hot Tub Boat and returning him safely to the land.
We choose to build a hot tub boat. We choose to build a hot tub boat in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard!

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These are a lot of fun – we rented one on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. We fished too!

- Jack