Merritt Clubs Blog


Three Competitive Swimming Opportunities Through Merritt Clubs

Posted by Merritt Clubs

May 2, 2017

For some people, swimming has been a part of their lives from a young age. For other people, while they want to be a good swimmer, they only have a little swimming experience. Luckily, at Merritt Clubs, we offer assorted competitive aquatics programs.

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Topics: baltimore swimming, Michael Phelps Swim School, fitness swimming pool, swim school, swim training, kids swimming

Importance of Early Swim Lessons

Posted by RaySa

Dec 13, 2011

As parents, we prepare our children to excel in life through a number of different avenues. From the time they are born, we constantly teach them skills. We teach them basic skills like walking, talking, reading and writing. At the same time, we’re also teaching them skills to keep them safe and healthy; look both ways before crossing the street, stop drop and roll in case of fire. So it stands to reason that we should include water safety in that list of skills to be taught early in life.

Learning to swim is an essential skill. While swimming undoubtedly provides a great form of exercise, recreation and social enjoyment, it is also integral to the safety of children and adults alike. According to, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14 and the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4. The majority of drownings and near-drownings occur in residential swimming pools and in open water sites. By teaching children how to swim - and float - at an early age, parents can significantly reduce their child’s risk of drowning.

No child is too young to begin learning water safety. Merritt Athletic Club offers a Get Wet class for children from newborn to school-age and their parents to get comfortable with the water in a no pressure, supportive group setting. When children are comfortable enough to sit on the side of the pool without assistance, they are ready for our Michael Phelps Swim School Pre-Beginner lessons. These lessons begin by teaching essentials of floating, kicking and water safety. A child who cannot yet swim, but who knows to lay back and float if they fall into a body of water has a significantly greater chance of surviving than a child who does not know to float. All of our Get Wet and Swim Lesson Classes are taught by experienced instructors and overseen by certified lifeguards to ensure the highest level of safety as your child learns to swim.

No parent wants to imagine harm coming to his or her child. The best way to prevent harm from the water is by beginning swim lessons early and continuing them until the child is proficient. Merritt Athletic Club and the Michael Phelps Swim School are committed to the safety and growth of children through aquatic education. Our new session of Swim Lessons at Towson and Eldersburg begin January 9, 2012 and at Canton January 3, 2012. Register today to get your child started on the path to learning the skills that can bring recreational enjoyment for years to come, as well as save their lives.

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Topics: swimming baltimore, Michael Phelps Swim School, fitness swimming pool, water safety, Aquatics, swim lessons baltimore

Lap Swimming more than just Cardio

Posted by Andrew Barranco

Sep 25, 2011

Swimming laps has long been considered a great way to get a cardio work out in. Whether your swimming freestyle, backstroke, breastroke or butterfly, swimming allows you to get a full body workout in using all the major muscle groups. A typical lap swimmer will go 15-30 minutes without stopping; they have built up an effective and efficient stroke. However, swimming is more than just a great aerobic exercise.

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Topics: swimming baltimore, Baltimore swimming pools, fitness swimming pool, cardio workouts, swimming pool fitness, Aquatics, swimming, swim tips, anaerobic swimming

Pool Baltimore

Posted by Joe Dressler

Jul 1, 2011

Xtreme Aqua is a 8 week circuit style fitness class that starts with a body fat measurement and performance tests to create a snapshot of your current fitness level and let's you know your alive.

We teach functional/natural movements to get you fit - if you see the movement in nature you will see it in class. We use exercises like squats, lunges, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups. If you thought you would never be able to do an unassisted ups, think again. We have girls who can currently do double digit pull-ups. We can teach you how.

Some of the equipment we will utilize are kettlebells, medicine balls, ABMATS, superbands, agility ladders and cones and 20-minutes in the pool to work on stroke and metabolic conditioning.

Classes are set up to learn and perfect exercises, then put them into context by performing them under time constraints, you will then have the outlet to compare your scores with others in your class - prepare your mind to learn, work hard and be in the best shape of your life!

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Topics: Clubs in Baltimore, swimming baltimore, swimming pool center, Baltimore pools, Baltimore swimming pools, fitness swimming pool, swimming pool fitness, Baltimore athletic club, Aquatics