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  • Feb

    How to Plan a Triathlon Season

    by Evan Rudd, SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Team

    If you’re thinking about jumping into a triathlon this year, a little planning will go a long way toward making sure you’re rested and ready to tackle a multi-sport event. Whether your goal is simply to finish your first triathlon or claim a spot on the podium, tailoring your training to peak at your target race is critical.

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  • Jan

    Top Recovery Aids Compared - The Stupp Training Review

    By Julie Stupp, Olympic Trials Finalist

    Recovery, ahhh the word sounds so nice and relaxing, right? In reality, recovery can be the hardest aspect of training for some athletes. To be an elite athlete in any discipline, recovery is almost more important than the daily grind. Actively recovering after workouts can include a range of activities such as a massage, special nutrition, physical therapy, yoga, sleeping, stretching and foam rolling. If you don’t properly take care of your body, injuries can creep up and sideline a season’s worth of work and – worst case scenario – racing.

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  • Jan

    Moving Along On The Journey To Rio

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete

    Last year on August 1st I broke my collarbone and it changed all of my goals and expectations for the remainder of the season. But since December, I have been cleared from PT and have no restrictions (except try not to crash and land on your shoulder for a few more months!), I have turned the tables to 2016 and our final Olympic qualifier which is May 14 in Yokohama, Japan.

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  • Jan

    15 Things We're Looking Forward To In 2016

    We're starting the new year off right-- starry-eyed and excited. More specifically, we're looking forward to another year of fun in the sun (and rain), dreading and loving practice at the same time, and hiding from coach in the locker rooms (just kidding). Who's with us?

    Here's what we're really looking forward to most in 2016 at SwimOutlet.com;

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  • Dec

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - December

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team and frequently the unsung heroes of an athlete’s success. They are the instructors, motivators, teachers and role models for many young athletes and swimmers. That’s why it’s important that SwimOutlet.com partners with organizations like the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Every month, we recognize a different coach around the country for their tireless devotion to our sport and its athletes with our SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month Award.

    This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Gillian Sutera, a 9-year coaching veteran at Minisink Valley Slate Hill in Middletown, New York. Congrats!

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  • Dec

    My Holiday Wish List: Cammile Adams

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole.

    We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas of your own from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today’s list features Olympian and 200m fly World runner-up, Cammile Adams, with some of her favorite swimming products for the holiday season.

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Claire Donahue

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole.

    We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas of your own from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today’s list features Olympic gold medalist and 100m fly standout Claire Donahue with some of her favorite swimming products for the holiday season.

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole.

    We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas of your own from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today’s list features two-time Olympian and 2015 World Chamiponships finalist in the 50m freestyle from the Bahamas, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Jarrod Shoemaker

    It is that time of year again, when you scratch your head and think “what can I buy for ______! They already have everything they need!” Well look no further, I have a few great suggestions from small gifts to pretty awesome, expensive ones. Want more gift ideas? Check out SwimOutlet.com's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Katie Meili

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole. We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today features Columbia University grad and 2015 national champion in the 100m breaststroke, Katie Meili with 10 great gifts.

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  • Nov

    Brand Q&A: Catching Up With MP Michael Phelps

    The new MP Michael Phelps brand launched in early 2015 with a line of performance goggles and continued with the much-awaited debut of the XPRESSO tech suit, worn in competition by the most decorated Olympian of all-time himself. This fall featured the debut of the MP line of training suits and the brand continues to expand its offerings. We caught up with representatives from Aqua Sphere responsible for the MP Michael Phelps brand to get the latest scoop on swimming’s newest performance line.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: It’s been just over a year since the MP brand was announced, we’re guessing it’s been a busy year. Tell us some of the biggest things that were needed to get the brand up and running!

    MP Michael Phelps: We engaged our global team, from top management through Marketing, Product Development and Sales. It was critical to set-up a way to seamlessly feed ideas from Michael and Bob (Bowman) to our Marketing and Product Development teams. As we identified new product opportunities, we integrated Michael and Bob in the proof of concept and prototype testing to verify that we were meeting their expectations. When launching a new brand, it’s critical that it stands for something different and that the products clearly represent that; Michael Phelps has a vision to change the sport of swimming and the MP brand is one way to help accomplish this vision.

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  • Oct

    Get to Know...Scott Weltz

    When Scott Weltz won the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 200 Breaststroke after being seeded 12th, he may have shocked the swimming world, but he really didn’t surprise himself:  “When I look back, I remember how prepared I felt.” Weltz now works to instill that confidence in swimmers as a college coach for UC Davis, a rec coach for the Aqua Monsters and a clinician on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by SwimOutlet.com.

    Weltz’s wealth of swimming experience combined with his fun and unique teaching style have made him one of the most popular clinicians on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour. He teaches athletes from the elite level down to beginning age group swimmers how to swim more powerful Breaststroke and how to execute faster transitions and more explosive starts. Recently, Weltz lead several clinics on “The Fifth Stroke,” Underwater Dolphin Kicking. These clinics give swimmers at every level  an opportunity to improve and excel at the fastest part of the race, underwater kicking off the walls.

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  • Oct

    Top 2015 Tech Suits Compared - The Expert Review

    TOP 2015 TECH SUITS REVIEWED (all prices subject to change at any time)

    2015 Men's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    *NEW* MP Michael Phelps Xpresso - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Speedo LZR Racer X - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    TYR Avictor - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Hammerhead Silver Armor - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Dolfin Titanium - Gangloff Review | Product Page (available 4/1)
    Arena Carbon Air - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Rocket Science LIGHT2 - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Jaked Jkatana - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Blueseventy neroFIT - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    [Note: Speedo LZR Racer X and the new Michael Phelps’ “MP” suit will be added when available]

    2015 Women's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    *NEW* MP Michael Phelps Xpresso - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Speedo LZR Racer X - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition- Stupp Review | Product Page
    TYR Avictor - Stupp Review | Product Page

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  • Sep

    Brand Q&A: Catching Up With Blueseventy

    Bluesevently recently launched their latest NERO TX tech suit. The suit has certainly made an impression in the swim community for its enhanced technology and colorful style. But Blueseventy is more than just top-of-the-line tech suits and fun practice gear, they're a leader in the triathlon industry. We caught up with Blueseventy's marketing manager Helen Gorman on some of the latest Blueseventy developments.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: Blueseventy has been a popular open water swim brand for years, but you are moving more and more into high-end tech suits. Tell us about that evolution?

    Blueseventy: Our heritage is open water, but we’ve been involved in pool swimming since before the Beijing Olympics, that’s eight years of making performance swimwear for swimmers in the highest level of competition. It’s a market we feel we can make a difference in.

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  • Sep

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - September

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team and frequently the unsung heroes of an athlete’s success. They are the instructors, motivators, teachers and role models for many young athletes and swimmers. That’s why it’s important that SwimOutlet.com partners with organizations like the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Every month, we recognize a different coach around the country for their tireless devotion to our sport and its athletes with our SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month Award.

    This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Nick Frasersmith, a 25-year coaching veteran at Regis Jesuit High School/Denver Swim Academy in Denver, Colorado. Congrats!

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  • Aug

    Get to Know...Mark Gangloff

    Mark Gangloff’s swimming career is multi-faceted and spans over two decades. As a swimmer, he has been an age-grouper, collegiate athlete and Olympic Champion. Now retired from competition, he uses his experiences to impact the next generation of young athletes as a clinician on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by Swimoutlet.com and a coach at The University of Missouri.

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  • Aug

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - August

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team and frequently the unsung heroes of an athlete’s success. They are the instructors, motivators, teachers and role models for many young athletes and swimmers. That’s why it’s important that SwimOutlet.com partners with organizations like the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Every month, we recognize a different coach around the country for their tireless devotion to our sport and its athletes with our SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month Award.

    This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Norman Schueckler, a 33-year coaching veteran at Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School in Honeoye Falls, New York. Congrats!

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  • Aug

    Five Things We Learned at World Championships


    Photo credit: R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya

    The 2015 Swimming Worlds wrapped up this past weekend in Kazan, Russia. There were some incredible individual performances from the likes of Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, Sarah Sjöström, Sun Yang and a trio of young Australians, all of whom are under 24 and won at least two individual golds: Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm and Bronte Campbell.

    If you were under a rock this past week and missed all the action, we break down five key things we learned from Kazan with an eye towards the big event next summer in Brazil.

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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

    Get to Know…Clark Burckle!

    Clark Burckle is a 2012 Olympian who upset two of the top American breaststrokers at the 2012 Olympic Trials to earn his spot on the London Olympic team.  In London, Clark made the final and finished 6th.

    Originally from Louisville, KY, Clark comes from an athletic family; both his parents were collegiate athletes, and his sister Caroline Burckle is an Olympic bronze medalist in the 4x200m freestyle from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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  • Jul

    The Long Journey to Rio, Part 1

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic triathlete

    I have been a pro triathlete for 11 years and each day I have two ultimate goals that I work towards:

    1) Be the best athlete that I can be;
    2) Represent my country at the Olympics

    As an athlete, the opportunity to compete in the Olympics comes around once every four years when the lucky few get to compete for a spot on their country’s Olympic team. I had the opportunity to represent the United States in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics and I just missed the team in 2012 despite being ranked #1 in the U.S. I am going for it again in 2016 and I will be sharing my experiences on that road with you.

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  • Jun

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - June

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team and frequently the unsung heroes of an athlete’s success. They are the instructors, motivators, teachers and role models for many young athletes and swimmers. That’s why it’s important that SwimOutlet.com partners with organizations like the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Every month, we recognize a different coach around the country for their tireless devotion to our sport and its athletes with our SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month Award.

    This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Eric Tillman, a 3-year coaching veteran and team founder at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT. Congrats!

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  • May

    Brand Q&A: Catching Up with Jaked

    Jaked is one of the newest entrants into the tech suit market in the U.S., although they’ve been well-known in Europe for several years. We caught up with Jaked’s U.S. rep to learn more about the brand that has had swimmers talking since the brand’s terrific visibility at the 2009 World Championships.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: So first off, is Jaked considered an Italian brand because of the heritage?

    Jaked: Jaked is an Italian company with the headquarters in the North of Italy (close to Milano). The company has been created in 2008 when four guys had a great intuition: to use the polyurethane together with a state-of-the-art construction technology in the manufacturing system of the full body competition suits. It has been a real revolution in the swimming world! In the 2009 Swimming Worlds in Rome, most of the swimmers were using the Jaked competition swimsuit called J01, breaking 17 world records and earning 37 medals.

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  • May

    Top Cycling Helmets Compared – The Shoemaker Review

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete

    Editor’s Note: There are dozens of helmets to choose from and picking the right one can be a challenge. Luckily, we’ve got one of the best triathletes in the world to help you find the perfect one. We sent four high-end road helmets to 2008 Olympic Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker to test. These helmets all strive to provide the perfect balance of low weight and ventilation with an emphasis on aerodynamics. 

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  • May

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - May

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team and frequently the unsung heroes of an athlete’s success. They are the instructors, motivators, teachers and role models for many young athletes and swimmers. That’s why it’s important that SwimOutlet.com partners with organizations like the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Every month, we recognize a different coach around the country for their tireless devotion to our sport and its athletes with our SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month Award.

    This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Kris Wingenroth, a 18-year coaching veteran at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, TX. Congrats!

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