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  • Sep

    Art Institute of California Fashion Show: Student Interview

    This Saturday, September 27, the Art Institute (AI) of California - Silicon Valley is hosting their annual portfolio show. This event, put on by the AI students and faculty, showcases innovative design and fashion talents. SwimOutlet.com is proud to announce that we have partnered with the AI students and donated Sporti swimwear, accessories and gear to help make their visions come to life on the runway. 

    In honor of our sponsorship, we selected one AI student to interview prior to the event. Nicole Przemielewski, AI fashion student, shares her journey, inspirations and goals. Get to know Nicole:

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  • Sep

    Fall into Fashion: SwimOutlet Style Giveaway!

    As the last of summer's seashells are washing back to sea, we're packing up our beach blankets and hanging up our surfboards. Although we're sad to see the care-free days in bikinis go, we're welcoming sweater weather with open arms. Whether it's the football, all of the pumpkin-spiced goodies, the autumn leaves, the cozy candles, or the fun new fashions after a summer in cut-offs and tanks-- there's just something so refreshing about fall. 

    As swimmers, we know that we don't get to hang up our swimsuits and goggles just because the summer sun is setting (do we ever get a break?). But regardless of our countless hours in speedos and our chlorine hair tied up in knots, we can't help but fall in love with all of the fall fashions this year. Here are some of our favorites: 

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  • Aug

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    We’re sad to say it, but Mercedes Benz [Fashion] Swim Week has come to an end. It was fun while it lasted—the clear, blue ocean, palm trees, the salty breeze, and how could we forget the amazing runway shows. We could talk about the Miami madness all day, but what really left us wanting more was the sneak peek of all of the hottest new trends for 2015. Miami left us with sand in our shoes, and a new love for fashion swim in our souls. Here’s what you can expect by the water in 2015:

    Stand up paddle boarding? Beach Volleyball? Jet Skiing? We’ve got you covered! Cropped Rashguards give you the ability to stay active, and the freedom to still show a little skin. Rashguards have come a long way from the solid black tops that they once were. In 2015 you will see the fitness fashionista in crops, zip ups, one pieces, and fun prints.

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  • Jul

    The Gangloff Review: Mark Gangloff & Julie Stupp Break Down the Latest Swim Watches

    By Mark Gangloff, Olympic Gold Medalist

    For quite some time “land” athletes have benefitted from technology. Between watches, GPS devices, computers, and even shoes that provide key metrics, land athletes have been able to track their training, compare results, and set goals rather easily. In the pool, we are often left to our own devices (no pun intended): counting.

    Recently, there has been a transition to swimmer-friendly technology. Among them, Swim.com has launched in beta this summer, providing a swim tracking and workout platform that is compatible across multiple wearables, including some tech watches that I have reviewed here.

    Tech watches – some people call them smart watches – for swimmers provide key feedback and relieve the athlete of counting, tracking, and roping an innocent bystander into keep your pace.

    Over the last several weeks, I have tried many tech watches for swimmers. I am thrilled about these innovations and what they could do for our sport and our athletes so a brief overview follows.

     

     

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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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  • Jun

    Quick Nutrition Tips for Summer Swimming

    by Elle Penner, MPH, Registered Dietitian

    When it comes to swimming, deciding what to eat before a rigorous training session or a big meet is a common dilemma.

    Dive right into the pool without eating or drinking beforehand and you may not have enough fuel in the tank to perform your best. On the other hand, eating too much, or the wrong types of foods, could lead to stomach cramping, indigestion–or worse.

    The good news is, it’s possible to be properly fueled for a morning workout without the unpleasant side effects. It’s all about what you eat, and when you eat it.

     
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  • Jun

    Summer Beach Safety Tips

    By United States Lifesaving Association

    Summer is just around the corner and millions of Americans will hit the beaches for relaxation, recreation and exercise. But don’t forget to brush up on your beach safety tips to keep it a fun and safe summer! We asked our partners at the United States Lifesaving Association to give us their Top 10 beach safety tips to keep in mind this summer! Be safe out there!

    1. Learn To Swim: Learning to swim is the best defense against drowning. Teach children to swim at an early age. Children who are not taught when they are very young tend to avoid swim instruction as they age, probably due to embarrassment. Swimming instruction is a crucial step to protecting children from injury or death.

     

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  • Jun

    2014 Fashion Swimwear Trends

    The five-day countdown to summer has officially begun. With that in mind, we’ve tucked away our parkas (for now) and we’re packing up our beach bags. Although we love our tech suits and goggles, we can’t help but share the fashion forecast for the 2014 summer season. Here are the styles that you can expect to see under the sun this year…

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  • Jun

    The Expert Review: Open Water Goggles

    By Julie Stupp, Olympic Trials finalist
     

    Tell us in the comments below where you will be doing your open water swimming this summer and you could win a pair of open water swimming goggles featured in our review!

    Competing in the open water can be very intimidating for many swimmers and non-swimmers alike. The conditions in open water can often be a challenge. The water can be cold, choppy, there may be a current and most of the time it is murky so you have no idea what is lurking beneath you. Not to mention in most races there is a high probability of getting hit in the face with an arm or a leg of a competitor.

    One of the few things you do have control of is what you are wearing and how well you react to the obstacles in the race. Having a great pair of open water goggles can relieve a lot of stress by helping you clearly see where you are going and what is going on around you.

    Open water goggles are quite different from pool goggles and unfortunately I learned this the hard way during my first triathlon. I realized there are four main components I need to have in a great open water goggle. 

     

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  • Jun

    Preparing for a Race - Traveling Stress Free

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Beijing Olympian


    A lot of you out there might be traveling to your first triathlons this summer. Traveling to races can be quite stressful; in my last review, I made a list of things to bring while traveling to a local race; however, traveling via plane, domestically or internationally, can be quite different. Here, I have put together some tips and thoughts about how to approach traveling longer distances to races, as you get ready for summer race season.


    Over my years as a pro triathlete, I have flown over 1 million miles and could tell you all sorts of stories from airports from Beijing to Sydney to Frankfurt to Chicago, but there are quite a few tips that I have learned that can make triathlon travel a lot less stressful.

    This year my first big trip was to New Zealand for the New Plymouth World Cup and Auckland World Series Race. I started looking at tickets in December and booked my flight in early January, ensuring that I got the connections that I wanted, and the dates I wanted. As my departure date got closer, I started to go over my list and begin to pre-pack. 

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  • May

    The Distance Lane: FINIS Workout of the Week

    Welcome to our FINIS Workout of the Week that you will see every other Thursday right here on the SwimOutlet.com blog! It’s just another one of the ways in which we bring you the latest tips, info and product reviews to help your aquatics training and fitness activities.

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  • May

    May Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award

       

     

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team. They offer motivation, support, advice, praise and criticism.

    Without a swim coach, many swimmers might not have the self-discipline and determination necessary to achieve success.

    For that reason, SwimOutlet.com has teamed up with the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) – the organization of high school swim coaches – to celebrate a monthly SwimOutlet.com Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award.

    For May, we would like to acknowledge coach Mick Homan from Muskegon, Michigan who has been a dedicated coach for 26 years!

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  • Apr

    The Hunt Stops Here: Easter Basket Stuffers

    That time of year has officially sprung! The flowers are blooming, and the swim-teams are booming-- so what do you put in your little swimmer's Easter basket? The hunt stops here.

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  • Apr

    Triathlon Race Day Preparation: What to Bring on Race Day!

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympian

    As the weather slowly turns warmer in much of the country, the summer triathlon season is quickly approaching! For those of you still new to triathlons, it’s best to start planning out some of the gear that you may need on race day. 

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  • Jan

    Michael Phelps: The Comeback Predictions

    The greatest swimmer -- greatest Olympian -- of all-time is mulling a comeback. Michael Phelps may not be saying so publicly, but his actions have clearly left a trail of clues that signal a return to the sport he dominated from 2003 to 2012. During that time, he won a record 22 Olympic medals, including an incredible 18 gold medals and 11 individual gold medals. Phelps began training again last year, and, in October, public records showed that Phelps had re-entered the U.S. drug testing pool, a pre-requisite for swimming athletes looking to compete at elite-level competitions.

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  • Jan

    2014 New Year's Swimolutions

    Happy New Years to all and hopefully everyone rang in the New Year with good times! Now that it’s 2014, it’s time to set your sights on the upcoming year and set some goals for yourself – no matter how small, large, personal or professional they might be.

    Here’s our 10 New Year’s Swimolutions for 2014!

     

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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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  • Sep

    Inspired to help others through Swimming!

    500 laps!

    When presented with the opportunity to raise money to help those with Multiple Sclerosis, Rachel Clift didn’t hesitate for a second.

    “My mom told me about Swim for MS,” explains Clift. “Swimming is what I love to do, so when I heard I could raise money by swimming, I said ‘how can I sign up?’”

    The Swim for MS initiative is a campaign run by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of American that challenges participants to take to the water with any sort of aquatic activity – diving, swimming, surfing, you name it – to raise funds to support programs for those with MS.

    SwimOutlet.com has been an official supporter of the swimming fundraiser since January 2013.

    “Missy Franklin supports Swim for MS and she’s totally my idol,” said Clift, from Scotts Valley, California. “So it was even more exciting to get involved.”

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  • Aug

    Swim Team: Celebrating Teammates

    With many swimmers wrapping up summer training and heading back to school, it’s a great time to remember one of our favorite aspects of our swim team: teammates! Best buddies. Family. Our weirdest friends. Whatever you call them, they are the people we see day in and out, sometimes for hours at a time.

    To on-lookers, it may appear that swimming is an individual sport with one person racing in their own lane, swimming for their personal best time. Behind the scenes, it's so much more than meets the eye.

    Teammates are with us doing our best sets, or when we false start at a meet. It's one of the aspects that make this sport so amazing. From playing cards between sessions to celebrating best times after a meet, teammates are there to make those little victories sweeter and pick us up on our toughest days.

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  • Aug

    Six Great Out-of-Pool Styles for Fall

    Just when you were starting to show off your sun-tan, you notice the season changing. In fall, a brisk breeze accompanies the sunshine, and the days begin to shorten. It might just be time to retire your cut-offs and pull out your cardigans from the depths of your closet. As much as we'd like to embrace the idea of an endless summer, there are so many great things about fall, and we are all over this season's fresh fall fashions.

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  • Aug

    5 Great Things We Loved About Summer Training

    Enough said. School has been out for the summer, but that also means double-practices. The good news? No homework, no studying and no tests. We get the summer to focus solely on practice, meets and of course, tanning. As a swimmer, taking naps is almost mandatory, even if it's for a few minutes. Between doubles, we now get to hibernate for more than 30 minutes. The added stress of school is gone, freeing up your time for summer adventures to the beach or spending the warm nights outside.

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  • Aug

    Look Fabulous in Fringe and Flutter

    Are you looking for something that will make you stand out from the crowd? Look no further. Fringe and flutter swimwear has been commanding everyone’s attention this summer. Fringe and flutter have freshened up the classic bandeau, halter, and triangle tops we have seen season after season. These design elements are great ways to add movement and texture to an outfit, all while flattering your body. You’ll look fun and flirty with just the right amount of edginess and style.

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  • Aug

    The Brighter, the Better

    Imagine walking down the beach, in the glistening sun. As you're strolling through the salty air and soft sand, you notice: all eyes are on you. Immediately, you wonder if your new, colorful swimsuit is twisted in all the wrong ways. Why else would all of these people be looking?

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  • Jul

    Create Your Ultimate Look using Pinterest!

    SwimOutlet.com is celebrating the summer of style with our first-ever “Pin It to Win It” sweepstakes running today through August 14, 2013!

    Design your own fashion “storyboard” from over 50,000 different styles and items available at SwimOutlet.com.

    Create boards from a variety of categories like swim, fashion, surf or beach gear. One lucky winner will win $500 towards purchasing every item on his or her board!

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  • Jun

    FASHION SWIM TREND ALERT: Lace & Crochet

    Looking for a way to spice up your summer? SwimOutlet.com has you covered with the season's latest trends. This week we're talking about crochet and lace fashion swimwear. Whether you're heading out for a day at the beach or lounging by the pool, you'll love these exciting new styles. Textured swimwear isn't new to the fashion industry, but crochet and lace are the new kids on the block. The added texture provides a dash of style to an otherwise plain and simple swimwear piece.

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