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  • Apr

    On Deck: Q&A with Cammile Adams

    with Cammile Adams

    SwimOutlet Blog: What is the current focus of your training with just a few months (weeks really) until Trials? And how are you making sure that you peak at just the right time this summer?

    Cammile Adams: I am focused a lot on my stroke and race pace. I am still doing a lot of yardage since I swim more distance related events.

    SwimOutlet Blog: What are some of the keys in your dryland training outside the pool?

    Cammile Adams: I still am lifting 3 times a week. I think some of my favorite exercises for young swimmers are some of the exercises I do on a daily basis. For example, different shoulder rehab can keep all swimmers, regardless of age, shoulders healthy. I also do a lot of core work and abs. I think lots of core exercises transfer well into the water. 

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  • Mar

    Top 2016 Tech Suits Compared - The Expert Review

    TOP 2016 TECH SUITS REVIEWED (all prices subject to change at any time)

    2016 Men's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    Arena Carbon Ultra - Gangloff Review | *Available Soon
    FINIS Onyx - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    A3 Perfomance Legend - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Funky Trunks Apex Stealth - Gangloff Review | *Available Late March 2016
    Jaked JKeel - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    FINIS Fuse - Gangloff Review | Product Page

    2016 Women's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    Arena Carbon Ultra - Stupp Review | *Available Soon
    FINIS Onyx - Stupp Review | Product Page
    A3 Perfomance Legend - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Funkita Apex Stealth - Stupp Review | *Available Late March 2016
    Jaked JKeel - Stupp Review | Product Page
    FINIS Fuse - Stupp Review | Product Page

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  • Feb

    Cammile Adams: Planning My 2016 Season

    by Cammile Adams, 2012 Olympian

    What a year already…how is it already February? Anyone else feeling this way, too? Already this year, I’ve competed at the Arena Pro Series in Austin and got some great ideas about where I am in my training, as well as what I need to continue to work on leading into trials and hopefully Rio. After Austin, I headed out to Chula Vista, California for a little over a week with the rest of the SwimMAC crew for a training camp in sunny SoCal.

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  • Feb

    Haley Anderson: Gearing up for Rio!

    By Haley Anderson, 2012 Olympian


    Photo: R-SPORT / MIA ROSSIYA SEGODNYA

    Hello All! My name is Haley Anderson and I wanted to introduce myself for these blogs about my journey to Rio 2016 this summer.

    It actually starts back in my summer league days in Livermore, California. I still remember those summers of swimming at our club, long days filled with swim practice, tennis lessons and basketball and general goofing around with my older sister Alyssa.

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  • Jan

    2016 USA Swimming Calendar

    The Olympic Year has arrived, and the best swimmers in the World are gearing up to make history! America’s best have their eye on the trials, returning to Omaha, Nebraska from June 26-July 3 for the third straight time.

    Check out this year’s USA Swimming calendar and tell us which event you might attend and you could win a 3-month supply of Bonk Breaker®, Official Supplier of USA Swimming.

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  • Dec

    2015 SwimOutlet.com Awards

    It’s time for our first annual year-end SwimOutlet.com Awards, recognizing the best in aquatics for this calendar year. So we looked back on some of the best performances, funniest moments and best products that we saw in 2015. Here’s our list – hot off the press – just in time for New Years!

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  • Oct

    Win Connor Jaeger's Arena Carbon from the 2015 World Championships in Kazan!

    Win the Arena Carbon that Connor Jaeger wore at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan!

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  • Aug

    2015 World Championships Prize Winners!

    The 2015 Swimming Worlds have wrapped up in Kazan, Russia and so has our Prize Headquarters! Over the past two weeks we have given away over a dozen awesome swim prizes on social media and the SwimOutlet.com blog including autographed gear, exclusive products and tech suits.

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  • Aug

    Connor Jaegar: What's in Your Arena Bag?


    Photo Credit: Mike Lewis

    Over the past month, top swimmers are competing across the globe in events like the 2015 Pan Am Games, 2015 World Championships and 2015 U.S. Nationals. We asked some of the world’s best swimmers to tell us what they keep in their bags for any important meet!

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  • Jul

    The 2015 FINA World Championships TV Schedule

    The 2015 FINA World Championships begin the swimming portion on Sunday in Kazan, Russia at Kazan Arena Stadium. It’s the last major international swimming event before the 2016 Rio Olympics one year from now and will give us some major storylines heading into the Olympic year.

    Top Americans Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte will all be in action! Can Katie Ledecky continue her scintillating performances from the past year including world record times? Will Missy Franklin bounce back from her struggles at the 2014 Pan Pacs to become the first woman to win the 200m backstroke at three consecutive World Championships? Can Ryan Lochte turn around his season after a 2014 that didn’t live up to his normal standards? And which new international stars will emerge like multi-event standout Katinka Hosszu or sprinter Cesar Cielo have over the past few years?

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  • Jul

    2015 World Championships: Prize Headquarters!

    The 2015 World Championships are here! From July 24-August 9, the world’s best swimmers, divers, water polo players and synchro swimmers will be competing in Kazan, Russia for the chance to be crowned world champions!

    For swimmers, it’s the last big event to show their stuff in the one-year countdown to the 2016 Rio Games. The U.S. team is lead by some familiar names – Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte – but new stars are sure to emerge over the next few weeks!

    Here at SwimOutlet.com we’ve put together a whole package of fun prizes around the 2015 World Championships with giveaways every day of the workweek during competition, beginning July 27.

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  • Jul

    Breeja Larson: What's In Your Arena Bag?

    Photo Credit: Melissa Lundie Photography  

    Over the next month, top swimmers will be competing across the globe in events like the 2015 Pan Am Games, 2015 World Championships and 2015 U.S. Nationals. We asked some of the world’s best swimmers to tell us what they keep in their bags for any important meet!

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  • Jul

    Top Swim Backpacks Compared by Zach Kent

    By Zach Kent, @iSwimWithIssues

    He’s back! Following up on a terrific waterproof MP3 review this winter, the swimming world’s funniest twitter account @iSwimWithIssues is back at it again reviewing one of the most important items for any swimmer: your swim backpack.

    Zach Kent breaks down our top-selling styles with his signature wit and insight. Remember, all reviews and opinions are his own! Check out more humor @iSwimWithIssues.

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  • Apr

    For Michael Phelps, MP Line is Just Another Goal to Conquer

    By Megan Mills, Associate Category Manager, Competition Swim

    For a guy who’s won 22 Olympics medals and set numerous world records in his career, you’d think it would take quite a big event to get Michael Phelps excited. Not so when it comes to the launch of his newMP line of swim suits and accessories later this spring.

    “I can’t tell you how excited I am for these products,” said Phelps earlier this month at Loyola College pool, his smile beaming ear to ear. “To be part of the development team and creation of a new line of gear has been incredibly exciting for me and I’m really proud of the products coming out.”

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  • Feb

    Brand Q&A: Catching up with Arena

    Arena launched its new Carbon Air tech suit in early February, adding a third suit to the popular Arena Powerskin Carbon series. And this week, SwimOutlet.com just launched our Arena instant savings promotion that gets you $50 (women) or $30 (men) off on an Arena Carbon Pro or Carbon Flex tech suit with a qualifying purchase of an Arena training suit. So we thought this would be a great time to speak with Arena’s Product Line Manager Debra Talbert about their full tech suit line and other performance products for 2015!

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: Arena now features several different product offerings within the Carbon line, what was the idea behind the new Carbon Air debuting this month? And tell us a little about the Carbon WCE, as well…

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  • Jan

    Top Waterproof MP3 Players Compared by Zach Kent of @iSwimWithIssues

    By Zach Kent, @iSwimWithIssues

    Hey swimmers, Zach Kent here from @iSwimWithIssues! This is my very first review and I have the pleasure of reviewing some of my favorite items—Waterproof MP3 players. It’s often difficult to mindlessly swim for hours on end listening solely to the “swoosh” of the water. Don’t get me wrong, I love that sound, but sometimes a little music can help you go a long way. Oh, and it’s also useful for those times when you want tune out your coach. (I’m not suggesting doing that—it will only end with a long butterfly set.)

    Below are the MP3’s that I have had the pleasure of testing out, with my favorite Waterproof MP3’s towards the top. Understand that a waterproof MP3 might vary based on your stroke and what preference you may have towards placement of the MP3, so I recommend reading all of the reviews to see which one is the best pick for you. All of these are great options but there might be some things in particular that suit your needs.

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  • Dec

    Top Swim Snorkels Compared - The Stupp Training Review

    By Julie Stupp, Olympic Trials Finalist

    Swimming with a snorkel can be very beneficial to pool and open water swimmers of all ages and abilities, as well as triathletes. SwimOutlet.com has quite a few different snorkel options and products to choose from.

    In order to help you hone in on the right snorkel for your holiday shopping, I have reviewed five different brands and they have all left me with very little air to train!

    The three major benefits of training with a snorkel are: 1) an increased lung capacity; 2) an improved technique with the ability to monitor your own strokes and; 3) being able to enjoy the underwater view for extended periods of time.

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  • Aug

    Catching up with Matt Biondi & His Five Pillars of Success

    In the era before Michael Phelps, there was Matt Biondi. Biondi is one of the most successful and decorated swimmers in Olympic history. By the time he retired, Biondi won eleven Olympic medals and competed in three Olympic games (1984, 1988, 1992). At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Biondi turned in one of the greatest performances the world had ever seen. He broke four World Records and won seven Olympic medals: five gold, one silver and one bronze. 


    Biondi’s optimism and drive for success are as equally well known as his Olympic feats. After retiring from swimming, Biondi has continued to inspire others as a teacher and swim coach and instills the same drive for success that helped him becom one of the most dominant competitors in the sport. At the 2014 USMS Marriott National Championships, Biondi returned to the competitive arena and swam in his first meet since retiring from swimming. He swam the 50 and 100 free, posting times of 21.48 and 46.83, respectively.

    In true Biondi fashion, his comment afterwards was simply, “I can go faster.” For Biondi, he has always focused on what he calls his “Five Pillars of Success,” which we wanted to break down for you. These have become staples of his clinic and club appearances.

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  • Jul

    Beginner's Swim Kit

    So, you've decided to take the plunge in the pool—literally! When you jump in head first to the world of swimming, you will want to build your “swim kit,” as we like to call it. In addition to the obvious, your swimsuit, you might be curious about what swim gear you will need. Thankfully, we’re here to help the beginners and the advanced swimmers alike. Below is a list of the equipment you will want to consider before diving into the sport for the first time.

    First and foremost, swim goggles are essentially a must-have for a swimmer at any level. Nobody wants to swim with water flooding their eyes, trust us! Generally, a beginning swimmer will want superior suction around the eye with a comfortable, soft seal. We recommend checking out the Speedo Vanquisher Goggle. The Vanquisher has come to be one of the most well-known goggles in the swimming world because of its durability and comfortable design.

     
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  • Jul

    Get to Know Connor Jaeger

     

    A 2012 Olympian in the 1500m freestyle, Connor Jaeger shares his thoughts of the recent Santa Clara Grand Prix, his approach to setting goals, maintaining swim-life balance and even some recent workouts done in the pool with our exclusive Fitter & Faster Swim Tour presented by SwimOutlet.com Q&A!

    And don’t forget to enter the contest to win a “Swim Like a Champion” DVD by telling us your favorite dryland training exercise in the comments below by July 11.

    Q: You recently competed at the Arena Santa Clara Grand Prix, can you give us a recap of how the meet went for you, your best races and any good stories?

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  • Apr

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Laura Sogar

     

    The latest installment of our series about training features Arena athlete Laura Sogar.

    Leave a question or comment for Laura below by May 5 11:59PM, and you will be entered to win a pair of the Arena COBRA goggles.


    1) We all know getting in the pool can be a struggle some days, what keeps you motivated on days like this?

    I will be the first to admit how hard getting up for those 5:30 morning workouts can be but thinking about my competition and if they are working hard that morning always gets me motivated to make sure I am not losing out on any training time. It helps that I always end up having fun with my teammates once I am at workout and any of that initial desire not to go is quickly forgotten when we are laughing during warmup.

    2) What does the inside of your swim bag look like- do you have a favorite practice suit, type of goggle, or training accessory?

    I really really love my arena challenge back suit, I wear them every single day at workout and they’re super comfortable and flattering. As far as equipment goes I cannot do without my kickboard. Kicking is a huge part of my stroke so I spend a lot of quality time with my board doing kick sets. I also am getting really into yoga so at a meet you can often see me with my yoga block stretching out before warmup.

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  • Jan

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Claire Donahue

     

    The latest installment of our series about training features Arena athlete Claire Donahue, who is also a regular on the Fitter & Faster Tour Presented by SwimOutlet.com and appears in the Swim Like a Champion DVD series.

    Leave a question or comment for Claire below, and you will be entered to win the Swim Like a Champion – Butterfly DVD featuring Claire.

     

     

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  • Dec

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Matt McLean

     

    Here is our monthly SwimOutlet.com blog featuring a Q&A with an Arena athlete talking about all things training! December's edition features 25-year-old Matt McLean, a 2012 Olympic Medalist. Leave a question or comment for Matt to answer at the bottom by December 31 and you’ll be entered to win an Arena prize!

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  • Nov

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Caitlin Leverenz

     

    Here is our monthly SwimOutlet.com blog featuring a Q&A with an Arena athlete talking about all things training! November's edition features 22-year-old Caitlin Leverenz, a 2012 Olympic Medalist and NCAA athlete at University of California Berkeley. Leave a question or comment for Caitlin to answer at the bottom by November 29 and you’ll be entered to win an Arena towel and goggles!

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  • Oct

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Megan Romano

    Today starts a new monthly series on the SwimOutlet.com blog featuring a Q&A with an Arena athlete talking about all things training! The first features 22-year-old Megan Romano, a 2013 World Champion and NCAA champion at Georgia. Leave a question or comment for Megan to answer at the bottom by October 28 and you’ll be entered to win an Arena backpack!

    1.) We all know long training sessions are not always the most glamorous, what is the thing you love about training most and what’s your least favorite?

    I don’t know many people who enjoy anything about practice (haha). But I love the feeling you get after having a really good practice and you’re really pumped about practicing the next day. You can’t wait to get to the pool and have an even better practice. I also like the feeling of getting stronger and better each day I practice. There is always something to work on. On the other hand, my least favorite thing about practice is waking up Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 5:30 am. It’s tough but you know it’s for the best. Getting up and actually going to practice and actually jumping in the freezing cold pool is another one of my least favorite things. But once you’re actually there and swimming, it’s not bad.

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