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Fitmax iPool Deluxe Review

Fitmax iPool Pools are one of the best above ground therapy pools in the market. The key feature of the iPool is the cable support and the bar system from where users can be suspended in a fixed position in the water through Velcro harness or elastic band for resistance swimming and other workouts. The pool has many exercise accessories specifically designed for low impact exercises for injured athletes, people with wight issues, elderly people or anybody who cannot move around much to get themselves fit.

List of Fitmax iPools – 2017

 Pool ModelDimensionSpecification Details
iPool Above Ground Exercise Swimming PoolFitmax iPool Above Ground Exercise
Swimming Pool
10ft x 6.5ft x 38in
Capacity:
1,500 gallons of water
Comes with:
1000 gallons per hour water filter pump
Velcro harness for resistance swimming
Does not include:
Heating system, repair kit, ladder and floor mat
iPool Deluxe Above Ground Exercise Swimming Pool with Filter Fitmax iPool Deluxe Above Ground
Exercise Swimming Pool with Filter
/ Pump and Heater Upgrade
10ft x 6.5ft x 38inCapacity:
1,500 gallons of water
Comes with:
1000 gallons per hour water filter pump
Velcro harness for resistance swimming
Heating system, repair kit, ladder, pool cover and floor mat
iPool 2 Resistance Swimming PoolFitmax iPool 2 Resistance
Swimming Pool
10ft x 7ft x 54inCapacity:
2,200 gallons of water
Comes with:
1000 gallons per hour water filter pump
Adjustable elastic band for workout
Repair kit, ladder, pool cover, floor mat and bungee with belt
Does not include:
Water heater
iPool 3 D (Deluxe with heater)Fitmax iPool 3 D (Delux with heater)10ft x 7ft x 54inCapacity:
2,200 gallons of water
Comes with:
1000 gallons per hour water filter pump
Adjustable elastic band for workout
Heating system, ladder and bungee with belt
Fitmax iPool 3Fitmax iPool 310ft x 7ft x 54inCapacity:
2,200 gallons of water
Comes with:
Water filter pump
Velcro harness for resistance swimming
Ladder and bungee with belt
Does not include:
Water heater

If you are looking for a pool that is an alternative to traditional therapy, a pool that will help you rebuild muscle with minimal impact on your joints, then iPool is your solution. Your bad knee or ankle restricts you from doing the conventional exercises and/or you are gaining weight for that inactivity, iPool is your solution. It is your private therapy swimming pool for less than an annual gym subscription.

Some of the models above come with the water heater, for other models you have buy it separately. The 28 amp, 240V iPool water heater lets the owner to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the pool year round.

What are above ground therapy pools?

Simply put pools where you can get aquatic therapy or water therapy. The iPool is an above ground therapy pool that is small enough to heat it up fast for the therapeutic temperature, yet large enough for aquatic therapy.

Fitmax iPool Deluxe – Above Ground Therapy Pool

Fitmax iPool Deluxe Swimming HarnessThe “i” in the “iPool” stands for infinity. There are actually endless number of possible exercises that you can do in an iPool. Swimming in this pool is nothing like your conventional swimming. You are strapped to a harness on your waist, which is tied via a bungee cord, to the harness frame of the pool, you can go on swimming for hours. The harder you swim the more resistance the harness provides. This is called resistance swimming. It can provide infinite amount of swimming in a 65 square feet swimming pool.
The swim harness wraps around your waist and can be adjusted to fit 22 inch waist up to 42 inch waist. Additional harness can be added to fit waist diameter of 60 inches.

The iPool2 and  iPool 3 D are deep enough for adults to do water exercises that will strengthen your cardiovascular system at the same time minimizing impact on joints that lead to injuries.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy are exercises that are performed in water for the purpose of rehabilitation of physical functions associated with injuries in the back, knee or ankle joints, lower back pains or other injuries.

The exercise may include water walking, knee lifts, knee-to-chest stretch, flutter kick and jogging. Read more about benefits of hot water and Aquatic Therapy here.

Pool Water Heater

iPool water heater

iPool Water Heater

The Fimax water heater is quite powerful and requires a single phase 3 wire 240 volts and draws 11 kw of electricity. This heater heats the 1500 – 2500 gallons of water, which is a lot of water to heat up. It will not get the water hot but warm enough for some hot water therapy.

Hot Water Therapy

Warm water is relaxing and stimulating. Soaking in warm water works wonders for many musculoskeletal conditions. It is one of the oldest forms of alternative therapy for arthritis, lower back pain and fibromyalgia.

The buoyancy in the water reduces the force of gravity that compresses the joint and the warm water increases the blood circulation in the body and reduces the swelling and inflation.

What is healthy temperature for Hot Water Therapy? Anywhere between 92 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit are healthy range.  The heat and moving around in the warm pool will stimulate the immune cells to travel among your tissues and nurture tissue repair. To get the best benefit of the hot water therapy you have to be in the water for more than 20 minutes.

To read more on hot water therapy click here.

iPool Solar BlanketOnly two of the above mentioned models of the Fimax iPool come with water heater. For the other models you will have to buy the heater separately. The water heater needs to be ordered as an additional item with iPool. Please note that you will need a 220v GFCI installed for the water heater.

Note: To save money use iPool Solar Blanket to absorb and retain the water temperature.

The water heater that come with some specific model increases the temperature 1-2 degrees an hour, so may need to leave the heater on overnight if you plan on using the pool next morning. You may use iPool Solar Blanket to accelerate heating up the pool during daytime.

These are not hot tubs or spas but pools designed for hydrotherapy. For more on hot tubs and spas please click here.

Product Description

The pool liners are made of multi-layered lightweight fabric lined with PVC coating. Some of the pools come with pump and filter, floor mat, repair kit, white powder coated galvanized steel pipe frame and ladder. Please see the above table for details of what accessories are included with each model.

The pool can be installed anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Minimum space required is 11.5 feet x 8.5 feet for all the 3 models of the iPool. The height for the Fitmax iPool and Fitmax iPool Delux is 38 inches and Fitmax iPool2, Fitmax iPool 3 D and Fitmax iPool 3 is 54 inches. If you are going to install the pool indoors, make sure that the floor can withstand the pressure of 1 ton of water. It takes two persons about an hour to setup the pool. You should also have an 8 foot overhead clearing.

All the pools come with a 1 year warranty. It will last up to 5 years if properly maintained.

Accessories

iPool Aquatic Therapy Walker

Fitmax Aquatic Therapy Exercise Walker

The iPool Aquatic therapy walker is designed for therapeutic exercise  after surgery on legs, hips, or knees of athletes. The walker has to be fully submerged for effective use; it is not for use outside the water. Water’s natural buoyancy and resistance to build muscle mass without straining joints or exacerbating existing injuries.

The walker is easy to use and uses water resistance to assist in the healing process. The warmth of the water during aquatic therapy assists in relaxing muscles increasing blood flow to injured areas. Do not use this product without assistance if you are injured.

The walker measures 33 inches x 44 inches x 32 inches (W x H x D) and is made of stainless steel.

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iPool Aquatic Bike

Fitmax Aquatic Therapy Exercise BikeThe iPool aquatic bike is a great piece of exercise equipment that provides workout for your lower body muscles. When you are half or fully submerged, your do not have to worry much about your balance. This helps your mind to be at ease with your body. Blood circulation is speeded up and fat burning is facilitated by the support and the pressure provided by the water.

The exercise burns calories and reinforces cardio-respiratory capacity. The water resistance allows for easy and painless pedaling. Increased pedaling speed generates a constant whirlpool massage around the legs. The buoyancy in the water reduces the risks of stress-related injuries and allows muscles to work their full range of motion.

Aquatic bike is ideal for injured athletes, pregnant women or anybody with muscular, joints or overweight problems.

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iPool Spa Bells

Fitmax 1012008 Spa BellsiPool spa bells are used in variety of water fitness workout. The water resistance works as the weight for the handheld underwater dumbbells. There are 3 levels of built-in resistance. Dome Caps trap water acts as added weight  and air inside makes the bells more buoyant. The buoyancy of the water will exert less pressure on your muscles, at the same time water will create more resistance as you move your legs up. The spa bells are designed for use in water to strengthen and improve aerobic exercising, rehabilitation, physical therapy and weight loss programs.

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iPool Gym Parallel Bars

In parallel bar exercise, main muscle worked are the triceps and other muscles include chest and shoulders. As with all the other pool exercises, water eases strain on body and will exert less pressure.

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iPool Gym Chin Up Bar

iPool Gym Chin Up BarThe chin up bars are used to tone arms and shoulder muscles. The iPool gym chin up bar eases the strain on your body when pulling yourself out of the water, still working the specific muscles. This exercise will also give you a flatter tummy.

Chin-ups are tough. But the natural buoyancy of the water helps with the initial pull. Exert more pressure as you lift yourself up out of the water. The exercise builds up your lat (Latissimus Dorsi) muscle biceps, forearms and middle back.

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iPool Solar Blanket

iPool Solar BlanketThe iPool solar blanket is designed for the iPools to absorbs heat from the sun and the electric blue top surface transfers the heat into the water. It accelerates the heating of the pool water and retains the heat efficiently. When used in conjunction with a pool heater, it expedites the heating process and saves your electricity bill. The blanket also helps to retain the heat. It measures 9 feet by 10 feet.

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iPool Umbrella

iPool UmbrellaiPool umbrella helps you keep cool and protects your skin from the sun during the long hour of your exercise or therapy. Measures at 10 feet by 4 feet by 7 feet (W x H X D), it cover the entire surface are of the pool. The umbrella is securely attached at six different point to the pool.

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Installing the Pool

Fitmax iPool Deluxe Pool is For You

If you have space constraints and looking for a pool for aquatic physical therapy and swimming exercise, this is a great option. Ideal for people who use water exercises to rehabilitate from injuries. Designed for physical therapy and exercise, you can still immerse yourself in this nice pool and cool off in the summer.

The pool has a small footprint, you can fit it anywhere.  It the best pool for swimming related exercises. It has many cost effective accessories for exercise and aquatic physical therapy.

Fitmax iPool Deluxe Pool Editor's Review

Fitmax iPool Deluxe Pool Editor's Review
8.68333333333

Easy to Install

8/10

    Easy to Maintain

    8/10

      Durability

      8/10

        User Experience

        9/10

          Design

          9/10

            Feature

            10/10

              Pros

              • Excellent exercise and therapy pool
              • Very good customer support
              • Small footprint
              • Endless exercise and swim

              Cons

              • Water heater is not included with all the models
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