I was wanting all of the benefits of a pool in my backyard without all of the upkeep and expense of an in-ground pool. I found the Intex 24-Foot Easy Set Up Metal Frame Pool to be the perfect option for my family. The size is great for having a bunch of kids over to swim with all of their pool gear and floating toys. We have also set up a volleyball on the outsides of a pool for volleyball games with adults. The 24 foot diameter allows me to do a range of aquatic exercises integrating both cardio and resistance training. The depth is actually ideal for getting a great workout that utilizes both shallow and deep water moves. I have actually swam "laps" in circles and reversed directions. The pool is spacious enough for everything we need without being overwhelmingly large. My only complaint has more to do with our water than the actual pool itself. Because we do have such hard water, there are constantly mineral deposits that we are having to deal with.