2020 & 2021 A RECAP & THE YEAR AHEAD

2020 & 2021 : A RECAP & THE YEAR AHEAD

Off the back of what was a huge year for us here at Striking Pools, 2021 is set to be even bigger!

It is important to recognise that 2020 was a bizarre year for most. Covid-19 wreaked havoc around the world, including here in Australia, and probably nowhere more-so in our nation, than in Melbourne. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have continued work throughout the year, helping our clients bring their pool and spa dreams to life. Additionally, we finished off the year receiving two awards at the SPASAVIC Awards of Excellence, which is a great achievement. To read more about the awards we received at the 2020 SPASAVIC Awards of Excellence, click here.

Looking ahead, we have some enormous projects already underway for 2021, with others in the pipeline. As we come to the completion on our largest residential pool to date (photos to come), we commence work on a new project, which too will be one of our largest pool and spa installations.
To follow along with our new projects and to keep up to date with the latest in pool & spa design and construction, head to our Instagram: @strikingpools


SPASA VIC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 2020

Gold Award Winning Pool Design and Construction by Striking Pools Melbourne

SPASA VIC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 2020

Striking Pools has received two awards at the 2020 SPASAVIC Awards of Excellence.

As a new member of SPASAVIC, we were delighted to not only be recognised and considered for the 2020 SPASAVIC Awards of Excellence, but beyond proud to have received two awards in the category of Best Pool by a New SPASAVIC Member. We would like to extend our gratitude to our entire team, our clients, and those who worked alongside us to bring these epic projects to life.

The annual awards showcase and celebrate the highest quality in design, construction and innovation that the industry has to offer. Additionally, these awards recognise competency and professionalism; both qualities we pride ourselves in and demonstrate daily.

Please see below for details on our awards:

GOLD AWARD – Diamond Creek Project

This pool and spa combination at our Diamond Creek Project completely transformed this family home into a luxury oasis. It truly is resort living in a suburban backyard. The pool measures at 6m x 3m with a 1.8m x 2m swimout & a 2m x 2m spa and features an infinity edge as well as a raised spa with an acrylic viewing window facing out to the pool.

See project here

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Nunawading Project

This custom pool that we designed and installed in Nunawading, showcases three stylish water features, in addition to five large floating marble steppers which grant access to the pool pavilion. It is a sophisticated design, executed with precision.

See project here


STRIKING POOLS SPASA MEMBER

Striking Pools is happy to announce that we have become a Member of SPASA Victoria.

When selecting someone to construct your outdoor area, you should use a member of the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria.

SPASA have taken the hard work out of finding businesses that you can trust. All SPASA Victoria Members are thoroughly examined in an effort to ensure they are at the forefront of the industry in relation to their experience, professionalism and reputation. Bound by the SPASA Victoria 's strict Code of Ethics, all SPASA Victoria members have a demonstrated history of successful ethical trading and knowledge appropriate to their membership category.

View our membership at https://www.spasavic.com.au/member/striking-pools


Mineral Swim

Introducing Mineral Swim, a new pool system combining 100% Dead Sea Minerals with ozone water purification!

Create a therapeutic and healthier swimming experience this summer in your own pool.

Learn more: https://mineralswim.com/how-it-works


Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.

First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

 

This makes swimming the ideal exercise for people with osteoarthritis, for whom weight-bearing exercise can be excruciatingly painful. According to Tanaka’s research of people with the condition, swimming decreases arterial stiffness, a risk factor for heart trouble. More of his research has linked swim training with lower blood pressure among people with hypertension. The coolness and buoyancy of water are also appealing to people who are overweight or obese, for whom load-bearing aerobic exercises like running may be too hot or uncomfortable, Tanaka says.

 

But don’t be fooled; your body is working hard when you’re in the pool. Water is denser than air, so moving through H2O puts more external pressure on your limbs than out-of-water training, studies have shown. Even better, that pressure is uniformly distributed. It doesn’t collect in your knees, hips or the other places that bear most of the burden when you exercise with gravity sitting on your shoulders.

 

How you breathe during a swimming workout is another big differentiator, says David Tanner, a research associate at Indiana University and co-editor of an educational handbook on the science of swimming. During a run or bike ride, your breath tends to be shallow and your exhales forceful. “It’s the other way around with swimming,” says Tanner. “You breathe in quickly and deeply, and then let the air trickle out.” Because your head is under water when you swim, these breathing adjustments are vital, and they may improve the strength of your respiratory muscles, Tanner says. “This kind of breathing keeps the lung alveoli”—the millions of little balloon-like structures that inflate and deflate as your breathe—“from collapsing and sticking together.”

 

Plus, who wouldn’t want a swimmer’s body? Swimming fires up more of your body’s major muscle groups than other forms of cardio exercise. “If you think about running or biking, you’re mostly using your lower body,” Tanner says. Swimming not only engages your legs, but also recruits your upper body and core—especially your lats, the muscles of your middle back, and triceps, the backs of your upper arms. “You look at pictures of swimmers, and you see how the upper body development is really tremendous,” he says.

Finally, your back benefits. Working out in a horizontal pose—as opposed to the upright position your body assumes during other forms of aerobic exercise—may be an ideal way to counteract all the time you spend hunched over a desk or steering wheel. “There’s no hard impact on your back like there is with running, and instead of being bent forward like you would be on a bike, your back tends to be arched slightly in the opposite direction,” Tanner says. That may help improve your posture and prevent the back injuries and pain that stem from long stretches of sedentary time.

 

The exercise is also linked to many of the same life-extending, heart-saving, mood-lifting benefits associated with other forms of aerobic exercise. And it’s fun, which matters. “People tend to enjoy swimming more than running or bike-riding,” Tanaka says. While about half of people who try a new exercise program give up within a few months, people who take up swimming are more likely to stick with it, he says.

If you’re sold on swimming, Tanner recommends starting slowly. “Don’t try to do too much too early, and focus on proper technique,” he says. Consider enlisting the help of an instructor if you didn’t have any formal coaching as a kid. “If you’re not used to swimming, it can be hard to relax in the water,” he says. Being nervous and tight may limit the sport’s benefits.

Start off with 30-minute sessions three times a week, and don’t forget to take frequent breaks. “You want to ease into it and build up,” he says, “just like a running program.”