Stuck at home because of COVID-19, the triathlete builds an endless pool for $ 350

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Montreal’s Amélie Kretz was trying to qualify for Tokyo 2020 when the pandemic wiped her out, so she built a swimming pool in her parents’ garage.

Triathlete Amélie Kretz found an innovative way to stay in shape during the COVID-19 crisis.

For $ 350, 26-year-old Kretz set up an eternal pool in her parents’ garage, where she trains for 45 minutes to an hour each day.

It’s a standard above ground pool where a harness holds it in place, transforming it into an eternal pool.

“I saw something on Instagram of a girl in Europe who built one in her garden,” said Kretz, who was trying to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when the pandemic failed, which made training difficult.

The homemade endless pool makes it harder to swim as it increases resistance, she said. “It’s good – it’s just more difficult,” she said.

Kretz, who lives in Montreal, returned to live with his parents in Ste-Thérèse because it is easier to stay in shape there. She trains another 20 hours a week by running and training on a stationary bike.

“Right now, it’s just training and I’m trying to stay motivated,” she said.

She posted a video of herself in the pool on Instagram, which went viral. “I was surprised by the reaction of people,” she said.

“My social networks are exploding.”

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