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Case of MMA Fighter Highlights Importance of Hot Tub Usage and Maintenance

There were approximately 21 million households with a spa, pool, or hot tub in spring 2014. You might pay more attention to cleaning and maintenance after this story if you’re one of them.

Grant Dawson was going to make his television and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) debut, but instead learned a lesson in hot tubs after he contracted an infection from the one he was soaking in to cut weight a couple days before his scheduled fight. Dawson (7-0) was winding down his training and in the process of cutting the last bit of weight at Prairie Life Fitness in Lincoln, Nebraska last week for his fight against Clayton Wimer that Friday (9/25). A condition known as hot tub folliculitis ended up turning his dream into a nightmare, according to

After spending a couple hours in and out of the gym’s hot tub, Dawson began to feel a burning sensation in his skin and had to be rushed to an emergency room.

“It was probably the most pain I’ve felt in my life,” Dawson said. “It really felt like something was eating my skin and it was bad.”

The doctors told him he had suffered from first-degree burns as well as hot tub folliculitis, or an inflammation of hair follicles that stems from infection. Instead of trying to finish the weight cut and attempt to recover enough to beat his opponent, his team was able to convince the 21-year-old fighter it would be wiser to pull out of the match and take care of the health of his body.

According to Dawson, the chlorine levels in the high quality hot tubs were excessive. So much so people in the nearby steam room saunas were feeling the effects.

“The chlorine levels in the hot tub were way, way beyond what they were supposed to be,” Dawson said. “It was so bad the people in the steam room were feeling the chlorine in their eyes. That’s how bad it was. And we were in it. I was in it up to my neck.”

Dawson alleges Prairie Life has even offered to pay for his medical bills, but the story changes if you talk to the gym’s manager, Dan Creamer. Not only does he deny that they will be footing the bill, he claims unfortunate incident could have been avoided with proper usage.

“All of our chemical levels were fine and everything like that,” Creamer said. “There’s a reason why you’re only supposed to be in the hot tub 10 to 15 minutes — not two hours.”

For his part Dawson admits to being in the tub for 45 minute intervals, but over the course of a few hours. It’s unclear what the temperature of the tub was, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that they never exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Regardless, the gym might want to think about using something like Ozone (O3), a hot tub sanitizer 3,000 times more effective than chlorine without the waste by-products.

Dawson is expected to resume training later this week as the burns are already beginning to heal. He only signed with RFA for the one fight, but he’s hoping they will give him another opportunity to show his talents soon.

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3 Reasons to Invest in Hot Tubs and Saunas

In 2014 about 21 million U.S. homes had a spa, pool, or hot tub of some kind. What used to be thought of as exclusive, luxury amenities has seen an increase in availability and are being sought out by people for different reasons. Hot tubs, saunas, and spas, while mainly used for comfort, do have other health values and can be of great help to people with certain medical conditions. Here are three advantages to consider while looking for hot tubs for sale in your area.

1.) Health: As previously mentioned, apparatuses like hot tubs can have health benefits. A 20 year study of Finnish men found that frequent sauna baths may help you live longer. The New England Journal of Medicine has published multiple studies showing that people who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes have an easier time controlling both their weight and plasma sugar levels when they soaked for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week, in hot water.

2.) Comfort: Perhaps not quite as important per se as the potential health benefits that hot tubs and saunas can provide, is of course their comfort and relaxation capabilities. Regular back pains, a pulled muscle, or just a relief from standing all day at work are just some of the common things that make people seek a hot tub or spa treatment. The powerful jets many hot tubs are equipped with can be key in loosening knotted muscles.

3.) Price: Saunas, hot tubs and spa equipment are still luxury products that can be expensive. The product with installation usually costs between $3,500 and $12,000 according to House Logic, with most hot tubs costing at least $5,000. Hefty numbers, but still in reach for many American households looking for a big-ticket luxury purchase. The cost to operate them has fallen though. Through more efficient designs and insulation techniques, even the biggest hot tubs only cost about $20-$30 a month.

While they may not be in the realm of possibility for every family today, these kinds of personal luxury products are popular with those that can afford them for health and comfort benefits. The fact that prices seem to be declining as technology and efficiency improves will likely help hot tubs become more easily available to more people.

The Best Foundation for Your Hot Tub


While almost everyone dreams of having a hot tub in their backyard, but not everyone has the perfect place to put one. Here are some things for you to consider.

Water Weight

Your first consideration is what it means to have a giant tub full of water. A dry hot tub only weighs a few hundred pounds and on its own could sit just about anywhere. The problem arises when you fill it with water. Filled, your tub could weigh up to 4000 lbs. Continue reading The Best Foundation for Your Hot Tub

I’m Short! What can I do to enjoy my hot tub more?

littlegirlBeing vertically challenged can present a problem for hot tub owners. It seems like most hot tubs are made for people over 5’6”. Fortunately, if you are 5′ tall or less, there are some things you can do to make sure you get to enjoy your hot tub as much as your lanky spouse or kids. Here are a few:

Test soak your hot tub before you buy it, if possible.

Even if you can’t test the exact same model, ask your dealer for a hot tub with a similar layout. That will give you an idea Continue reading I’m Short! What can I do to enjoy my hot tub more?

Hot Tub Terms: Your Glossary of Spa Jargon

Acrylic: a product used to make hot tub interiors

Air Leak: what happens when a pump has a crack on the suction side so it draws air into the water. This can damage the pump and the filter. If your water has a lot of foam and anti-foam isn’t working, this could be the reason.

Algae: microscopic plant life that grows in unbalanced hot tub water where the cover is off a lot

Alkalinity: (see Total Alkalinity) a measure of how much buffering agent is in your water

Anti-foam: a chemical which reduces or eliminates foaming.

Biguanides: (pronounced By-GUAN-eyed) sanitizer that is part of a non-chlorine and non-bromine water treatment system.

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