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Prime minister’s paddling time
By Paul McDermott 7th October 2008
As reported in the Daily Mail on Tuesday 7th October 2008, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie, have finally decided to take the plunge by buying a state-of-the-art Riptide Trident Pro Exercise Pool from HotSpring.
Installing the Riptide Trident Pro Exercise Pool into the Blair's grounds at their Buckinghamshire residence was a challenge due to restricted access, but the HotSpring team of professional installers made sure that a solution was found quickly and carefully. It was decided that boards would be laid on the grass for the delivery vehicle to rest on while the 13,400KG Riptide Trident Pro Exercise Pool was lifted up and over a 12ft brick garden wall. The HotSpring team face similar challenges every day and were able to complete the tricky manoeuvre in good time without issue whilst protecting the surrounding area from damage.
Both Mr and Mrs Blair have been reported in the media as new converts to the fitness regime after enjoying the lifestyle that comes with living at 10 Downing Street and have now decided that their mutual love of swimming and the incredible Riptide Trident Pro Exercise Pool will allow them both to have an enjoyable yet serious workout to improve fitness and wellbeing.
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Cherie splashes out on a £30,000 fitness pool as her weight loss drive continues
Losing weight is tough, as Cherie Blair knows.
But if yesterday's shenanigans at the Blairs' new country mansion is any indication, keeping it off could be harder than she bargained for. The Blairs, who have lost four stone between them recently, were meant to be taking delivery of their latest fitness toy - a £30,000 wave exercise pool.
The Blairs were waiting for their Riptide pro-exercise pool - but getting the pool in there proved to be its own challenge. Mrs Blair, who showed off her new figure at a charity event earlier this month, is determined to keep up her new regime. But the pool, which arrived at the family's £4.4million mansion in Buckinghamshire, was too big a load to fit up the driveway.
At one point during the chaotic afternoon, the order for the state-of-the-art pool was unceremoniously cancelled. But just as the disheartened pool company boss was about to leave, the deal was back on again. The bizarre turn of events began shortly after 1pm when HotSpring branch manager Daniel Warner arrived at the Blairs' home, closely followed by a company transit van emblazoned with a picture of a semi-naked woman enjoying a hot tub.
At about 1.30pm a low loader arrived, carrying the framework for the pool. Workers arrived with the pool yesterday, but were thwarted at the gates But because of the width of the truck, it quickly became apparent it would not be able to drive into the grounds. So instead it parked by the 12ft garden wall which surrounds the property, in the hope of hoisting the pool over it into the grounds.
However, that was scuppered too because the truck was too heavy to drive onto the grass verge. Frantic calls were made and 15 minutes later another HotSpring van arrived with dozens of boards to protect the grass. But just as the pool was due to be lifted over the fence, a member of the estate staff came dashing out to stop proceedings.
After ten minutes of negotiations, Mr Warner declared: 'That's the lot gone, order's cancelled, that's cost me £1,500.'
But just as the truck was about to leave, there was an apparent change of heart and the deal was suddenly back on. By 3pm the pool was being winched over the wall at last and work can now begin to install it in the grounds. 'This was primarily Cherie's idea but they both enjoy swimming as a form of exercise,' a source close to the Blairs said. 'They are both really pleased with the weight they have lost and Cherie, in particular, has never looked better. Both are absolutely determined they will keep their fitness regime up.'
The couple decided to try to slim down after piling on the pounds during Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister. Mrs Blair, who has always struggled with her weight, has tried a variety of diets and new age philosophies over the years. But in the months since the Blairs left Downing Street last June, it seems basic diet and exercise have worked wonders.
Her new 20ft Riptide Trident PRO exercise pool - a snip at almost £28,950 - is fitted with a counter-current to swim against and promises to give 'even the strongest swimmer an excellent work-out'.
A spokesman for the Blairs declined to comment.
Wednesday October 8 2008
If I was rich, I would definitely buy an exercise pool. Cherie and Tony Blair have just had one installed in their new Buckinghamshire mansion and, after trying one, I am quite jealous. I do hate swimming - it's so boring, and you have to swim in public pools with lots of half-naked strangers who may or may not be quite dirty - but the Riptide Trident Pro exercise pool is fun. It's like a huge bath - it is 6 metres (20ft) long - and pumps out a current of up to 8mph against which you swim. The highest setting, designed to be used by athletes in training, was too powerful for me and I kept getting buffeted against the side, but five minutes of swimming against a gentler current still tired me out. There is underwater lighting, and even cameras so you can watch yourself swim on a screen set up by the side of the pool - perfect for narcissistic celebrities. Even the water tastes nice.
But since I don't have £28,950 to spare, nor a mansion to install it in, I will concentrate on the negative points. It can't be very eco-friendly and costs around £15 to £20 a week in electricity to run, though it is more energy-efficient than a full-size swimming pool because it is insulated. And you only need to change the water - all 11,500 litres of it - once every six months. Eeurgh.
"It sounds a bit grim, but it's not - it has a filtration and sanitisation system," says Stephanie Self, manager of the Chelmsford showroom of the HotSpring company that sells the pool. It sells up to 40 every year; the celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli also has one.
Did she get to see Tony Blair in his Speedos? "Unfortunately not," she says (he didn't accompany Cherie, who went to another showroom). Can you use the pool to have a bath in? "Er, no," says Self. Apparently, bubble bath and shampoo could damage the filtration system. Can animals go in it? (I'm thinking of dogs I know who like to swim.) "We don't recommend it, but we did actually sell one to a lady who used it for her poodle."
Tony and Cherie Blair have splashed out on a £30,000 fitness pool in an attempt to sustain their recent weight loss.
By Chris Irvine for The Daily Telegraph
Last Updated: 10:49AM BST 07 Oct 2008
The former Prime Minister and his wife have lost four stone between them recently, and decided to spent £28,950 to help keep the weight off. The 20ft Riptide Trident PRO exercise pool which is fitted with a counter-current to give "even the strongest swimmer an excellent work-out." It arrived at the Blair's £4.4 million mansion in Buckinghamshire, but at one point it appeared the order was cancelled because it was too big to fit up the driveway.
Because of the width of the truck, it would not be able to drive into the grounds. Instead it parked by the 12ft garden wall which surrounds the property, in the hope of hoisting the pool over it into the grounds. However, it then appeared that the truck was too heavy to drive onto the grass verge. Then as the pool was due to be lifted over the fence, a member of the estate staff came out to stop proceedings.
There was then a change of heart and the deal was back on, with the pool lifted over the wall.
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