Although exercise is important, it may not be for everyone. For some people, exercising may not be an option due to medical issues for others, it is simply not enjoyable.
A great alternative is water exercising. While having a fun and relaxing time soaking in a hot tub, including water exercising is not only enjoyable but has several health benefits. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, water exercises can help those with chronic pain or diseases, as well as improve moods. Another benefit is that water is easier on joints since you are supported by the water’s buoyancy. Water produces an upward motion when an object is set in it which causes floating. The buoyancy of the water means your joints are not alone in supporting your weight. This can make exercising dramatically easier for some people.
Owning a hot tub means you can do water exercises in the comfort of your home. However, before starting any exercise program, it is important to consult with a health professional or doctor to see which exercise program is best for you.
Find out what areas you would like to work on. A lot of people suffer from joint pains in areas such as shoulders, neck, back or hips. Doing different water exercises can help improve and strengthen these areas, and adding stretches is also a good way to help improve or prevent muscles stiffness. We recommend you give yourself a few minutes submerged in the tub to get your muscles warm and relaxed before beginning any exercises or stretches.
- Shoulder Roll: Begin by sitting up straight in your hot tub. Slowly begin rotating your shoulders forwards, then reverse and begin rotating your shoulders backward. Repeat this motion 15 times in both directions for 3 sets. This is a great exercise to improve your shoulder and neck strength.
- Knees-to-Chest: Leaning against the wall of your hot tub, bring your knees to your chest. Holding on to the wall of the hot tub can help. If you cannot reach your chest, bring them up as close as possible. Try doing about 3 sets of 10. This exercise is great for working your core.
- Underwater Cycling: For this exercise, you can sit on one of the chairs in the spa or do it while floating and holding the wall. Slowly go through a bicycle pedaling motion by kicking forward with the right leg and bringing in the knee of the left leg. Alternate this motion between legs for about 3 sets of 20-30 seconds. Depending on how you do it, this can work your core and legs.
- Arm Resistance: For this exercise, it is recommended that you try to submerge up to your shoulders. Extend your arms straight out to the sides without bending the elbows and palms facing down (this is the starting position). Slowly bring your arms down to your sides and back to the starting position. Then bring your arms straight out together in front of you and then back to the starting position again. Repeat 3 sets of 30.
- Legs: While in a standing position, balance on one leg and bend the other leg to bring your foot towards your bottom. Grab your ankles or foot and gently tug to deepen the stretch. Hold the position for 30-45 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.
- Arm: Begin by stretching your right arm straight out in front of you with palms facing forward. With your left hand, gently bend your right hand backward by pulling back on all four fingers. Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat with left hand.
- Torso: From a sitting position, extend your arms straight out to the sides. Without moving your lower half, twist your upper body from the torso and stretch to the right, reaching as far as possible without forcing anything or causing pain. Then repeat the stretch to the left.
Whether or not you decide to exercise in your hot tub, Bullfrog Spas is guaranteed to help you relax in the comfort of your own home.
To find out how you can test out a Bullfrog Spa or for more information on a Bullfrog hot tub, contact or visit Bullfrog Aquatics.
Bullfrog Spas are perfect for relaxing after a long busy, day. Daily activities can cause stress to the body. Whether you are spending hours in the office, training for a marathon or running after the kids all day, being able to relax and release tension in a personalized hot tub can help you get through the week.
The Benefits of a Hot Tub
Bullfrog Spas feature a customizable JetPak Therapy System to create a perfect personalized hot tub experience. You are able to build your perfect hot tub by choosing the jets that best suit you. In addition to being the perfect masseuse, the JetPak Therapy System is made with no pipes or tubes making it less vulnerable to leaks. One of the key features of the JetPak Therapy System is the option to fully move JetPaks from seat to seat, giving you the perfect hot tub experience.
Hydrotherapy can help with more than relaxation. With 16 different JetPaks, each serving a different purpose, your hot tub experience will be taken to the next level. The jets apply pressure to sore muscles for targeted pain relief, while warm water soaks have been proven to help people loosen muscles and relieve aching joints. The warm water also improves blood flow to extremities, giving them more oxygen to heal and relax.
Besides providing relief, simple stretches in your Bullfrog Spa can help improve mobility. Flexing stiff muscles and joints in your warm hot tub can be easier and improve movement in your everyday life. Combining the warm water of your hot tub with hydro massages from our JetPak Therapy System can help improve your overall quality of life.
Receive a quality massage in the privacy of your home.
Each of our Jetpaks provides a completely different massage and experience. The Gyrossage JetPak gives medium-high intensity jets aimed to the entire back, giving a deep massage and overall relief. On the other hand, for those looking to relax, the Cascadia JetPak offers 4 gentle jets to the back and a waterfall cascading over your shoulders to provide a soothing sensation and ambient sounds.
Whether you are looking to relax or looking to target aches and pains, one of our 16 strategically made Jetpaks is sure to be the perfect fit for you.
To find out how you can customize your hot tub and get a closer look at Bullfrog spas, contact or visit Bullfrog Aquatics.
Efficiency, Engineering, Health, Hot Tub Shopping, JetPak Therapy, Lifestyle, Test Soak, The Bullfrog Difference
A few weeks back was the 2016 Home & Garden Show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, which usually brings out all the local hot tub dealers, plus some from out of town that don’t have dealerships in Oklahoma City. Like years past all the usual dealers were present, sporting their best game faces and armed with virtual unlimited bags of tricks in hopes of getting shoppers to buy their spa. The sad, and unfortunate truth is one of those tricks is out right lying about competitors, and the hot tubs they offer. Which was the motivation for this post! I must include, when you walk on our showroom floor, you will never hear us speak an untruth about one of our competitors. In fact, the only information you’ll ever receive is that which you can fact check to learn its validity, and you should always fact check any information you get from a hot tub salesperson in Oklahoma City. You never know when you’ve come across the one that will say anything to sell their product, and I assure you, they’re out there!
Stagnant, Bacteria Infested Water Behind JetPaks
I must start this with a confession, because there was a time I told this same lie when I worked for a different dealer in the Oklahoma City area. To my defense, I was new to the hot tub industry, and had zero experience with Bullfrog Spas. I was merely parroting what I heard others say, and was told it to be the truth. After all, anything is possible, and believable when you trust the one delivering the message.
The lie our competition tells deals with Bullfrogs superior design that results in the best performing, most energy efficient, easiest to maintain, and satisfying hot tub in our industry.
Below is an image that shows the front (left side), and the back (right side) of a Bullfrog Spa Therapy JetPak.
Our competition claims water does not circulate behind the JetPak, therefore creating a stagnant environment for bacteria to grow, and who wants to set in hot, bacteria infested water? That’s just nasty!
The truth is, the same sanitized water you sit in, is the same sanitized water that circulates behind each and every Bullfrog Spa JetPak. Notice the right side of the image below, you see the two swirled dotted lines, those lines indicate the location of downward facing jets. Those downward facing jets add turbulence behind the JetPaks, therefore increasing the amount of already circulating water in the hot tub, and consequently behind each Therapy JetPak.
It’s a simple design that many hot tub manufacturers wish they would have thought of first. In fact, in our industry, it’s shear genius!
Our Hot Tubs Are More Energy Efficient Than Bullfrog Spas
I will never understand why anyone would even bother to lie about this data. As you can see on the chart below Bullfrog Spas are by far the most energy efficient among the top brands in the hot tub industry. An attempt to negate this data is just foolish, the data came from the California Energy Commission (CEC), and that’s really all that needs to be said about this topic. At this point I could get very technical, but It would be boring at best. If you’re interested in learning more about the CEC, and their energy efficiency criteria and data, here’s a link to their site http://www.energy.ca.gov/ . If you need more convincing than this data from the entity with the strictest energy efficiency guidelines, then I’m out of ammo.
Now that we’ve established Bullfrog Spas are more energy efficient than any other leading brand of hot tub, let’s take a look at why that’s a truth. First, Bullfrog Spas have 90% less plumbing than any other hot tub made. The reason being most hot tubs, even leading brands, are made using methods, processes, and even materials that were being used in the 80’s. Well materials, technology, and engineering capabilities have come along way since then, and Bullfrog Spas is THE forefront of truly a new age of hot tub manufacturing. Gone are the days when a manufacturer could develop a slightly different jet, cup holder, integrated handrail, or light, and call themselves an innovator. True Innovators will be those that better our industry through energy efficiency, customization, reliability, and dependability. The very things Bullfrog Spas is doing every day!
As you can see in the image below there’s a drastic difference in the plumbing between Bullfrog Spas and ALL other hot tubs. Because Bullfrog Spas have 90% less plumbing, that means 90% less opportunity for plumbing issues such as leaks, and almost 100% more power. The reduced amount of plumbing also means the pump/pumps don’t have to work as hard to move the water through the plumbing. It really is as simple as genius engineering, coupled with a passion to be the best!
Imagine getting a leak in a typical spa that has this intertwining network of various sized plumbing hoses. Better yet, imagine trying to find that leak! I’ve witnessed this on many occasions, and I can tell you it makes for some rather unhappy hot tub techs! First they dig in through the bottom of the hot tub in hopes of finding the leak. If that proves to be fruitless, which is often the case, then they put blue dye in the water and wait. They wait for the dyed water to leak its way through the plumbing and insulation so the tech may follow the blue trail to the leak. Now, I’ve seen this process take from a few hours, up to several days. Do you want to be with out your spa for several days? No, you probably don’t, but in the before mentioned scenario, you’ll have no choice. Which takes us to lie number three.
If A Jet Goes Out On A BullFrog Spa, You’ll Have To Replace The Entire JetPak
Aye Yi Yi! I guess given the right circumstance and a salesperson that can deceive without blinking, this may be made to be believable. However, it’s not even remotely the truth! The truth is, the vast majority of hot tubs use jets that clip into a hole cut into the shell, whereas Bullfrog’s are individually screwed (not clipped) into each Therapy JetPak. Most of our competition tries to get people to believe our jets are somehow molded into the JetPaks, that’s not the case for Bullfrog, or any other portable spa manufacturer. Which is just another reason to buy a Bullfrog Spa, our shells are not full of holes that hold a jet in place with a simple clip. I’ve seen hundreds of examples of the clipped jets failing, and ending up in the foot well of the hot tub.
A few days ago I sold a spa to a very nice couple from Norman, they had been shopping for a while, and had visited most of the hot tub dealers in the Oklahoma City metro, and they had heard this specific lie from different dealers. I must admit I gain a great deal of enjoyment watching logical thinking people have an Ah-Ha moment! I knew they realized they had been lied to, and were even a bit peeved about being deceived by someone that was presenting themselves as a concerned, and helpful seller, yet would say almost anything just to get their money.
The reality is, buying a hot tub can be a major investment, and I have to believe every buyer wants to make a wise investment. Well, in order to do that, you must dig in and do some research before going shopping. After you’ve armed yourself with valid information, you’ll be able to detect when someone is deceiving you, and therefore you can defend against being bamboozled! Happy Hot Tubbin’!
Kerry T Crane
Bullfrog Spas of OKC
Bullfrog Spas of OKC is a locally owned hot tub dealership. Our corporate location is Salt Lake City, UT, established in 1996 and has a strong international network of authorized dealers. We believe this is the best of both worlds: you have local community presence and can conduct business with a team you will know, like and trust. On the other hand, through Bullfrog Spas’ corporate team we have resources that are endless and provide our customers increased peace of mind while shopping with us. Our hot tubs are constantly evolving and the new STIL ™ is a force to be reckoned with-especially for those who enjoy contemporary, modern taste. (Recently it received an iF Design award.) Bullfrog Spas has perfected quality, its patented JetPak Therapy system as well as the overall hot tubs’ efficiency. By shopping with us you will receive the benefits of a reputable company with constant research and development, top-notch warranty programs, consultative and professional sales staff who are honorable, etc.
Our Bullfrog Spas of OKC staff is committed to education, and we value the hot tub research and questions about maintenance and ownership people come to us with-in fact, we welcome them. Beyond that, our commitment to our customers’ satisfaction extends after the sale and our help and interest in overall health and happiness expands over years. We impact lives after delivery and installations of our hot tubs.
Locally supporting our clients’ businesses, the causes that touch their hearts and learning about their interests, and yes, we talk about water chemistry and how much they love their Bullfrog Spa. These are founding principles of our leadership and why we have gratitude and referrals from Bullfrog Spa owners. At Bullfrog Spas of OKC we lead our business with the same beliefs our parents instilled in us- and we are passing fundamentals down to our children.
One of the philanthropic local events we support is Ladies Night Out or LNOKC. LNOKC, which focuses on empowering Oklahoman’s, has developed into one of the premier networking events for business professionals across the metro. Initially the events were only female attended. Due to its popularity and the discovery of our community’s desire to support the selected causes, men have also attended some of the 2014 events and will be included in a few of 2015’s.
April’s event will be “Ladies and Gents” held Tuesday April 21 at Waters Edge Winery, 712 N. Broadway. Board members include Donna Allen, Residential Real Estate Agent of Berkshire Hathaway, Pam Battle, Managing Director of Opes Advisors, Meg Busteed, Reverse Mortgage Specialist of CMG Financial, Sarah Edwards, Owner of Waters Edge Winery Bullfrog Spas of OKC’s Julie Elerick and Ashley Stephens of BOK Mortgage.
Tuesday’s event will support Family Builders. For information on its help the organization services parents, families, individuals and community groups impacted by abuse or family violence.
If you have an upcoming event or cause you care about please contact us at (405) 605-5330. For further information on LNOKC and the April event you can visit here, and here’s an Invitation to Forward available via this link.
Is a Hot Tub or a Pool the best choice for your home? Water therapy and family time are both great reasons to consider making your backyard a wet retreat. You may have had conversations about purchasing a hot tub or swimming pool and perhaps have even done some shopping. There are things to consider when thinking of what water may be best for your home.
Consider the size needed in your yard. While a pool offers more space for people to float or play water volleyball, being far apart may not be so great. Smaller pools are available, but they do require a lofty budget.
An above ground portable hot tub can cost as little as a few thousand dollars, or a full size in ground pool can be $50,000 or more, often times much more than that. The range of cost is so broad that it is extremely difficult to compare the two. Preparing your yard for a pool and leveling are all costly preparations. Materials, labor, add-on’s, size/depth of the pool and the condition of your backyard all can create more of an expense.
Upkeep costs are another area where pools and hot tubs may be more similar than different, depending on your usage. Consider the amount of time vacuuming or sweeping leaves/dead bugs from a pool and the fact that it’s uncovered during its season of use-typically.
Hot tubs also require chemicals, but a Bullfrog Spa is 90% more efficient than any other hot tub. And adding an ozone purification system will assist you by lowering the amount of needed chemicals, prolonging the tub equipment and optimizing your water conditions.
Hydrotherapy creates the distinct advantage over a pool. Hot water dilates blood vessels while circulation improves. Pain lessens as joints and bones are flushed with newly circulated blood. An increase in blood flow, created by hydrotherapy, also has shown to reduce blood pressure -a person will sleep better and more deeply. A pool simply does not have water hot enough, not to mention jet therapies strong enough to provide your hydrotherapy.
A heated pool is more costly than a non-heated pool. Depending on weather, at best you can expect a solid three months of pool usage. A hot tub is something that can provide hydrotherapy and fun year-round. Adjusting the temperature allows you to get more time throughout all seasons from your hot tub.
If space or cost is an issue an above ground spa does an excellent job of meeting your water recreational needs. Numerous hydrotherapy benefits and multiple therapies available through Bullfrog Spas’ JetPak Technology are just the beginning of a multitude of reasons hot tub ownership will benefit you.
Hot tubs are in movies, backyards in neighborhoods and are primarily showcased to provide time with friends and family, mostly for fun and parties. Monday, October 20, 2014 I spent my first amount of time in a Bullfrog Spa.
After the showroom closed and the last person left, I locked the door and turned on the Elite Audio System to a spa channel on internet radio. With the adjustment of volume, I eagerly went to slip into my swimsuit. I dimmed the room’s lights and used only the subtle LED lighting to optimize my spa experience. There was a tiny amount of fear yet it was enough to make me cautious and pause for a moment before using the control panel. With two touches I had the lights as I wanted, the jets on high and I could crawl into serenity- the next thirty minutes belonged to me and this Bullfrog Spa A8LSS, “Pearl” (named after the shell color). It surprised me immediately how easy Pearl was to operate.
Following the instruction and listening to the testimonials of others who have used a Bullfrog Spa, I began in one corner with the Oscillator JetPak. As I sat back and felt the kneading over the entire surface of the back I melted. Instantly my Type A tense upper body became a malleable palette and every “I forgot to do x” or “What about this?” that runs throughout my brain usually almost non-stop during awake and asleep hours, washed away. I didn’t care about any of these things, and all I could think about was how many people need to experience a Bullfrog Spa.
Attending training at Bullfrog Spas‘ home of Salt Lake City had armed me with product knowledge, and seeing firsthand the production coupled with meeting a key Research and Development team member had given me unconditional confidence in sharing this product and its story. This took all of those things into an entirely new level. After the song changed I decided to follow clockwise and begin the NeckMasseuse JetPak. Once again I sank and let my guard down- Pearl had won and conquered the relaxation feat. Initially it was a tad too much pressure, and then I remembered to reach down and adjust the flow, because, yes, each JetPak has its own flow adjustment.
I looked at the other six seats- empty-and I immediately thought of my family and friends. Hearing their aches, pains, worries and stress and often consoling them it occurred to me that Pearl could take all of this hurt away and help so many people. It did feel odd-slightly-to be in the spa alone, but I couldn’t wait to make a complete circuit and visit the Cascadia, Alleviate, Gyro’ssage and Rainshower JetPaks. My body received various therapies, and every one had its purpose. Overall, the Rainshower was my favorite JetPak and a great finale to my spa time.
As I reached the corner of the tub on my first circuit of rotating seats, the lounger quickly became one of my favorite features. The calf and feet massages and overall comfort of reclining represented several minutes of enjoyment. You do not realize how bad you feel until you feel good- physically and emotionally. After the half hour ended I closed the spa, turned the lights, jets and music off and sauntered back into the dressing area to put back on my day clothes.
Driving home I could not believe how anchored and relaxed I was. I didn’t use the commute as what’s ordinarily a time to catch up with a loved one. Instead I truly enjoyed the silence and views of a starry sky. I walked inside, went straight upstairs and still had a carefree sense of peace. As I took my heels off I realized how rejuvenated and refreshed all of me was- all because of the spa therapy I had received.
Bullfrog Spas are fun, but these hot tubs are also extremely therapeutic. The customized therapy and patented JetPaks truly create a total body experience that is also good for the soul. I look forward to my next time of healing- hopefully you will experience your own and learn the true benefits and differences of a Bullfrog Spa.