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Behind the Scenes Look of Combine Training at EXOS

2014 April 21

Athletes are always looking for ways to get to that next level, to recover faster and perform better 100% of the time. This holds true for football draft prospects, Jadeveon Clowney, Eric Ebron, and Aaron Murray. These three athletes, who train out of EXOS (formerly Athlete’s Performance), were featured in a new Gillette Deodorant web series highlighting their Combine and Draft preparations. Rarely are we allowed into the behind the scenes training for an event such as the Combine, but this series captures the tough workouts as well as the mental battles each athlete faces. 

HydroWorx pool at EXOS (Athlete's Performance)

HydroWorx pool at EXOS (Athlete’s Performance)

Following Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina, and Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, the series showcases the physical and mental preparations for the biggest job interview of their lives and the pressure that comes with being a top prospect.

Athlete’s Performance, now EXOS, is home to a HydroWorx pool equipped with an underwater treadmill and resistance jets. This pool has be utilized time and time again for athletes preparing for competition as well as recovering from an injury, surgery or a tough workout. In episode two of “Pressure Points: The Evolution of an NFL Draft Pick,” the HydroWorx pool is utilized by QB Aaron Murray who is recovering from an ACL tear and reconstructive knee surgery. Using aquatic therapy for an ACL recovery can greatly enhance the overall rehabilitation due to the reduction of stress on the athletes’ joints as well as the safe and therapeutic environment that a warm water therapy pool can provide. 

Let’s learn more about these top draft prospects

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

  • Projected as possible #1 overall #1 draft pick
  • 24 Career Sacks
  • Hendricks Award Winner
  • 2012 Consensus All-American
  • Combine Results:
    • Impressive time of 4.53 seconds in the 4-=yard dash
    • 21 reps of 225 lb. bench press

2. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

  • Projected to be 1st Tight End draft pick
  • 2013 First Team All ACC
  • Set ACC record for most receiving yards by TE
  • Set school records for receptions and receiving yards
  • Combine Results:
    • Pulled his hamstring in the first run of the 40 yard dash so was out for the rest of the evaluations
    • 24 reps of 225 lb. bench press

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

  • Set SEC records with
    • 13,166 passing yards
    • 121 touchdowns
    • 13,562 total offensive yards
    • 921 completions
  • Tore ACL November 23, 2013 and underwent constructive knee surgery
  • Was not ready for physical testing at combine
  • Murray had surgery to repair a torn ACL only five months ago, a surgery which normally takes well over six months to heal from and was able to participate in pro day.

Murray, who starred for four seasons at Georgia, worked out for former NFL coach Jon Gruden at Gruden’s QB camp, and left quite an impression.

“I just can’t tell you how amazing it is — his knee is almost completely healed,” Gruden said. “He’s going to be ready to go for training camp. I don’t think there’s any question.”

The “Pressure Points” mini-series has aired four episodes so far and will resume the week leading up to the Draft on Thursday, May 8. Episodes will air each Wednesday through May 14. The first episode will follow Clowney, Ebron, and Murray as they arrive at EXOS Athletes’ Performance Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and begin training. “Pressure Points” will air on and at

Watch Episode Two of “Pressure Points: The Evolution of an NFL Draft Pick.”


Aquatic therapy is being harnessed to help generate remarkable rehabilitation breakthroughs previously thought ‘impossible’ by traditional standards. Learn how water enhances rehabilitation for an ACL recovery. Download the ACL Recovery Tip Sheet today!  

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6 Benefits of Aquatic Technology for Senior Community Residents

2014 April 17

In a senior community, residents often display a wide range of abilities: from those who need maximum assistance to those that are continually active. For residents of all levels, daily “performance” and activities of daily living (ADLs) are just as important as an athlete’s performance in any sport. By integrating underwater treadmill and resistance jet exercises for rehabilitation and/or wellness within your facility, you can provide a safe and effective way to help your residents rehabilitate, become more active and safely perform everyday tasks required for an independent lifestyle.

HydroWorx 2000 Series Pool

Key areas where residents can improve with a HydroWorx underwater treadmill, therapeutic resistance jets, treadmill support bars and adjustable floor include:

  1. Balance: Working in a warm water environment, you can work on balance activities with your residents in a safe environment. The natural volatility of water causes people to work harder at staying upright with correct posture. By increasing the disturbance of the water by turning on resistance jets at varying levels, you can really work on one’s ability to balance and correct themselves when outside forces disturb them. Doing this in the safety of the water is a great way to improve skills that perfectly transition to land and immediately make a difference.
  2. Exercise and Weight Loss: A common barrier to anyone looking to exercise, either for wellness or weight loss, is pain. Particularly for those that are overweight, exercise (and what they need the most) can seem like an impossible task. Thanks to the buoyancy of water, exercise becomes a real possibility because the water reduces one’s body weight up to 90%. Using an underwater treadmill combined with resistance jets, anyone can get a great workout while increasing cardiovascular endurance, but without the joint and muscle pain.
  3. Improved Strength: Walking on the underwater treadmill combined with the viscosity of the water is proven to increase leg muscle strength (see Texas A&M research study). Improving leg strength is not only beneficial to keeping residents active, it is also a key component of reducing falls.
  4. Reduced Pain: The warmth of the water in a therapy pool can greatly reduce pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia or other chronic pain issues. Once joint and muscle pain is reduced in the water, movements become much easier and less strained, allowing for rehabilitation or fitness work to be done. The deep tissue massage hose can provide additional relief to aching muscles.
  5. Rehabilitation: In senior living communities, surgeries are a pretty common occurrence, whether for joint replacements or specific episodes. Typically after a lower body surgery, there is a period of time when the patient is required to be non or partial-weight bearing. Thanks to the buoyancy of the water,  rehabilitation can begin even just days after surgery. The hydrostatic pressure of the water helps to immediately decrease inflammation thus increasing mobilization of the affected joint.
  6. Increased Compliance: Thanks to numbers 1-5, it is easy to see why compliance might increase with warm water therapy. When pain is reduced and goals are being reached, residents don’t like to cancel therapy or exercise sessions. In fact many say, they “wouldn’t miss it.” When hope seems lost for returning to a previous function (whether after  surgery or just the natural processes of aging), they can see progress much earlier in the water. This provides healing for their mind as well as their body.

To learn more about how water worx for Senior Living and Senior Services, including the financial impact of an aquatic therapy pool purchase, download our tip sheet now>>

Upcoming Webinar: Why Water Matters in a Retirement Community Wellness Club

Join us for this webinar on April 29, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT. This webinar will explore why water matters to the aging population, and why a pool is an investment that is worth every penny. Find out why Walnut Ridge at Clive Senior Community was able to create a successful and thriving wellness center by including a swimming pool and smaller therapeutic pool along with the land-based fitness options.

Learn more and register today!

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OrthoCarolina Integrates a HydroWorx for a Second Time

2014 April 16

HydroWorx pool at Ortho CarolinaAs healthcare and patient needs continue to evolve, OrthoCarolina has integrated a second HydroWorx pool to offer more health benefits for people in need of aquatic physical therapy and alternatives to land-based exercise.

Aquatic therapy had become so popular at OrthoCarolina that they sometimes had difficulty getting every patient in their pool.  Their HydroWorx InstaFit Series pool is very different than a traditional pool typically found at a health club. This therapy pool is specially equipped with an underwater treadmill, massage hose capabilities, resistance therapy jets and underwater video.  These advanced technologies allow their physical therapists and specialists to provide innovative healing, which was becoming somewhat of a double-edged sword before the company decided to invest in a second HydroWorx therapy pool which they installed at one of their facilities several miles away.

“We’ve had so much success, but it can be difficult to keep up with the demand,” admits Cheryl Bennett, PTA.  “Having another therapy pool allows us to offer more for patients who want and need aquatic therapy.  That’s a huge group, too; so many people need this kind of avenue to transition safely to land-based physical therapies.  Without aquatic therapy, many patients would fall off the schedule or have tremendous difficulty getting over the initial ‘hump’ of therapy.  With the pool, we can get them headed in the right direction from day one.”

Duane Albers, PT, Director of Physical and Hand Therapy, OrthoCarolina notes, “The pool continues to be very successful for our patient population and for many of our patients. It allows us to initiate therapy earlier following their injury which in turn helps to regain function sooner and pose less long term complications. Additionally, for those patients who are limited in WB (weight bearing) or who may be challenged by land based exercises, it allows us to make functional progressions in the pool to carry over to a land based program. The decision to add a second pool was highly supported by our physician leadership in order to provide a high level of care in multiple locations to meet the growing needs and convenience of our patients.”

Now that they have added a second therapy pool at the north end of their city, they are able to offer a more convenient solution for former and current OrthoCarolina patients who do not wish to fight through traffic for their aquatic therapy. In the past, some OrthoCarolina patients tried to continue their progress in the pool at local gyms, but those pools’ cooler temperatures and more generalized programs made them frustrated with the experience.  Having a warm-water HydroWorx pool in a different location enables OrthoCarolina to offer expanded services to a broader group of people in need.

About OrthoCarolina:

As one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices, OrthoCarolina is your destination for comprehensive orthopedic care.  Since 1922 we’ve offered a continuum of care for patients across the Southeast.  Our dedication to training and research coupled with our expertise in foot and ankle, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine and pediatrics allow for the high quality care patients expect.  OrthoCarolina intends to build on the previous established relationship between Novant Health and Cleveland Clinic for our patients here in Charlotte.

Read the full press release today>>

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Underwater Training Keeps Boston Marathon a Possibility for Michigan Woman

2014 April 15

HydroWorx 500 SeriesThe 2014 Boston Marathon is fast approaching and runners are moving out of training mode and into pre-race preparation. Many have worked hard to qualify for the oldest and biggest marathon and to be a part of such an historic event. Running the race means so many different things to many different people. Some are setting out to set a marathon record, some a personal record, some just have a goal to finish. For some it is their first time running, and for others it might be their 10th time. The beauty of running is that amateurs and professionals alike can participate.

For one runner, Adriane Agria-Halford, her first Boston Marathon is very different than previous races that she’s run. According to the article, “Battling back: Petoskey’s Agria-Halford training for her first Boston Marathon,” on, she began running 5ks in 2009. Agria-Halford worked her way up through half-marathons and then ran the full Detroit Marathon in 2012, which unexpectedly qualified her for this upcoming Boston Marathon. But for this race, she is working her way back from two fractures in her pelvis. Agria-Halford started noticing the pain in September of 2013. When she finally discovered the source, she was in the middle of training for Boston and told her doctor she did not want to take the 6-weeks off from running, as prescribed.

Thanks to an open-minded doctor, she discovered she could continue her training during those weeks without hindering her healing. He suggested she try some cross-training modalities that remove the effects of gravity but mimic land-running, such as HydroWorx aquatic therapy. Agria-Halford started training in the HydroWorx 500 Series pool at Tim Bondy Physical Therapy over the winter and has worked up to an hour per session while continually increasing her speed.

“It feels like running and the resistance jets in front make it feel as if you’re running into the wind,” Agria-Halford said. “It makes it harder than running on land and you don’t have the jarring of running. It really does feel like running, I’m impressed.” – Adriane Agria-Halford

She is now cleared to run on land and has begun adding in some outdoor training to get herself fully ready for the Boston Marathon next week. She feels extremely honored to be a part of the marathon and is focused solely on finishing. Considering the obstacles she overcame, that’s a mighty goal that not everyone could do!

We wish Adriane and everyone else who is competing in the 2014 Boston Marathon the best of luck!

Alberto Salazar, 1982 Boston Marathon winner, details in this video why even healthy runners should train using an underwater treadmill:

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Decorated Local Masters Athlete Talks Training and Recovery

2014 April 10

Congratulations to local Masters athlete, Nick Berra, on his recent success! Berra has been one busy, but very successful person in the 2013-2014 running season.

Berra participated in The World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships that took place March 25-30, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary and returned home with some hardware. Berra ran a total of  8 races in 16 days, some of which were trials and qualifying races, which certainly takes a toll on the body. Without the proper preparation and training, the body will begin to break down sooner than expected, which can really derail a runner’s plans. However, Berra went into these Championships with a positive outlook, a great deal of past success and hours of training and preparation. Berra’s training program ranges from land running, treadmill running, underwater treadmill running, strength training and more.

Here is what Nick Berra has to say about his recent success and training program:

I knew I would be turning 45 years old towards the end of the 2014 indoor season, so I tailored my training to peak after my birthday in late February.  With the rough winter we had here in the Northeast I did much less running outdoors than I have in years past – the weather was too ugly and our roads and trails were often covered in snow.  I used a variety of methods to try to keep the quality of my workouts where I wanted them to be – I did lots of interval workouts in the HydroWorx pool, I tried to find indoor tracks when I could during my work layovers (Ottawa, New York City). I hit an occasional elliptical machine, and then did do some tempo workouts on the roads when I could.  I got in a groove in the month prior to my first big race, alternating between land and water for my “quality” workouts, then the “day after” recovery runs would almost always be in the HydroWorx pool.  I was probably getting 3 or 4 workouts in a week for almost a straight month – a ton of quality work for me but, the water made it all possible with little to no soreness throughout this tough stretch.  Once I started serious racing, all of the work paid off. In consecutive weeks I anchored a world record indoor 4x800m relay, broke the M45 (45-59 age group) indoor world record in the 800m in 1:56.10, won two national titles at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Boston, then won two world championships in Budapest at the WMA Indoor World Championships.  It’s safe to say that turning 45 has been pretty good to me…

I just got back from the meet in Europe on Saturday, and I am beat.  The month of solid racing took its toll on me, so despite the break in the weather I’ll probably spend the next week or so recovering in the pool on the underwater treadmill – long slow runs to start, then maybe some easy intervals to get back into the swing of things.  Hopefully my outdoor season will be as fruitful as the indoor one was – I look forward to hitting the track and roads before too long with the rest of the HydroWorx Track Club.  

Here are the results from Berra’s two gold medal races! Congratulations again!

Event 250 M45 800 Meter Run

World Masters Athletics: Record 1:56.10 

Finals: 1st Place Berra, Nicholas (M45) United States 1:59.36

Event 262 M45 1500 Meter Run

World Masters Athletics Record: 3:57.91

Finals:  1st Place Berra, Nicholas (M45) United States 4:07.75


To learn more about underwater running,  download the book, “Underwater Treadmill Running” by Alberto Salazar and Dr. Dennis Dolny>>

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