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  • Aug

    A Beginner's Guide to Sports Energy Nutrition

    by Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympian

    Once upon a time, nutrition was simple, people ate what they could forage for. Then we domesticated some plants, agriculture came along and we started to grow staple crops like wheat, corn and beans. Soon massive farms were producing food to be shipped all around the world. Now all we have to do is walk or drive to the grocery store (or order online) and select the foods we want. It is so much simpler today than it was… or is it?

    Walking up and down the grocery store aisles can be a mind-numbing task, with an average grocery store stocking 43,844 different items! This is very comparable to the current sports nutrition market. Looking at every brand can be quite a task and trying to figure out what they are for can be even harder.

    The simplest way to break sports nutrition down is into four categories: bars, chews, gels and mixes. My goal is to give you a simple primer to help you make sense of it all, regardless of what sport you do – but of course, keep in mind I always come from the angle of an endurance athlete.

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  • Aug

    Total Core Workout for Swimmers

    By Jacqueline Brennan, NASM-CPT

    Having a strong core is crucial for swimmers. The core is responsible for maintaining stability through your center, but also for providing coordinated movement of the arms and legs.

    We know all of you are always looking for new dryland training exercises. Here are eight Pilates exercises to challenge your stability, strength and core endurance!

    1) Opposite Arm/Leg Reach: Begin on all four (quadruped position) and engage your core to stabilize your center. Without shifting weight from right to left extend your right arm forward and your left leg back. Hold for a count of four and return to center. Switch to the opposite side. Repeat 6x on each side. Remember to keep your hips square to the ground and your shoulders grounded a

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  • Aug

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - August

    Masters Swimming products from training accessories to swim gear. Each month, we look forward to highlighting some of the great swimming clubs across the U.S. that feature Masters teams for all types of swimmers. This months’ team comes from sunny California with the Mountain View Masters Swim & Social Club.

    SwimOutlet.com features a full-service team division that offers customization and bulk order discounts. We also have a team affiliate program that allows teams to set up their own online store to earn cash back for their team or club.

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  • Aug

    August Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award

     
     

    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 Chris Deger, a 33-year coaching veteran of both water polo and swimming at Maine South in Park Ridge, IL. Congrats!

     

     

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  • Aug

    Open Water Swim Tips

    by Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic triathlete & SwimOutlet.com expert contributor

     


    The growth in open water swimming in the past decade has been tremendous, whether for fitness, competition or multi-sport events like triathlons. Venues range from lakes to rivers to bays to oceans and each one presents different challenges. Most open water swimmers train for races exclusively in the pool and this can leave them unprepared for open water swimming. There are a few important techniques to think about when swimming open water, so I put them together with my tips: sighting, stroke efficiency, buoy turns and water entries and exits.

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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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  • 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

    The Road to 70.3 - Race Day

    By Jordan Turner, SwimOutlet.com Social Media Coordinator


    “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.” I will be the first to admit that I found a lot of excuses on the road to 70.3, most of which involved avoiding my bike. However eventually, after countless hours of training, endless support, a few meltdowns and some serious soul searching, I also found my way.

    On July 26, I completed my very-first 70.3 distance triathlon, Barb’s Race in Sonoma County. Crossing the finish line after a long 70 miles— a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run—is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, it was my biggest athletic accomplishment to date.

    I know what you’re thinking, who in their right mind would sign up to race 70 miles in the first place? Well, being that I am young and fairly active (and maybe a little bit crazy), I am constantly finding new ways to challenge myself. At first, after college, it was a 5k fun run here and there—emphasis on fun (often times a tutu and paint were involved). When I got bored with the local 3-mile courses, I graduated to half-marathons. After having a handful of half-marathons under my belt, I decided it was time to test the waters in a triathlon (you see where I am going with this?). A few races later, I found myself standing on the edge of the Russian River in Guerneville, CA anxiously awaiting the 10-second countdown to my first 70.3 triathlon.

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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

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - July

    SwimOutlet.com is proud of its partnership with U.S. Masters Swimming and carries a full line of U.S. Masters Swimming products from training accessories to swim gear. Each month, we look forward to highlighting some of the great swimming clubs across the U.S. that feature Masters teams for all types of swimmers. This months’ team comes from sunny California with the Mountain View Masters Swim & Social Club. 

    SwimOutlet.com features a full-service team division that offers customization and bulk order discounts. We also have a team affiliate program that allows teams to set up their own online store to earn cash back for their team or club.

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  • Jul

    The Road to 70.3 - Two Weeks Out

    By Jordan Turner, SwimOutlet.com Social Media Coordinator

    Five weeks, 3615 minutes of training, hundreds of miles, bottomless water, pools of sweat, a few tears, one goal—make it through 70.3 miles.

    I walked away from my first Olympic distance triathlon on June 1 and continued on the road to 70.3 with a few things in tow; shin splints, sore hips, fear, a strategy, and a lot of determination. Unfortunately, the shin splints and sore hips are inevitable— but the fear, strategic training, and determination are what will propel me down the road to 70.3 (fingers crossed).

    At 24, I like to think of myself as bulletproof (naïve, I know). I tend to put minimal effort into my training, and expect maximum results come race day. Sometimes, this logic works (hence bulletproof). However other times—like in a triathlon, for example—this training plan does not get me very far. Contrary to my previous race strategies, or lack thereof, I knew after my first Olympic distance that I needed to dedicate myself to the sport if I expected to hit the 70.3 finish line alive. The problem? I was trying to squeeze what should have been 12 weeks of training into 5 short weeks (bulletproof, right?). 

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  • Jul

    July 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 July, we would like to acknowledge coach Howard Schein from Urbana, Illinois who has been a dedicated coach for 14 years!

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  • Jul

    Must-Have Gear for the First Time Triathlete

    by Evan Rudd, SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Category Manager

    Maybe your best friend talked you into it. Maybe you’re looking for an athletic challenge that takes you outside the confines of a gym. Maybe you lost a bet. Whatever your reason for committing to your first triathlon, your life will never be the same.

    Once you cross that finish line, you’ll be able to call yourself a triathlete, which is a pretty impressive bullet point to add to your résumé of life. But in order to cross that line in a blaze of sweaty glory, you’ll need a few pieces of essential gear to help get you there. You’ll also need to train for whatever event you’re planning to participate in, but this article is focused on the equipment you’ll need for your first triathlon. 

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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

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - June

    SwimOutlet.com is proud to renew its partnership with U.S. Masters Swimming and carry a full line of U.S. Masters Swimming products from training accessories to swim gear. Each month, we look forward to highlighting some of the great swimming clubs across the U.S. that feature Masters teams for all types of swimmers. This months’ team comes from sunny California with the Manatee Aquatic Masters. 

    SwimOutlet.com features a full-service team division that offers customization and bulk order discounts. We also have a team affiliate program that allows teams to set up their own online store to earn cash back for their team or club.

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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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  • Jul

    About Rip Currents

    By United States Lifesaving Association

    The July 4th holiday is near and with many people taking a beach vacation this weekend, we thought we’d get our partners at the U.S. Lifesaving Association to give us another one of their monthly beach safety tips. This month: the dangers of rip currents. Be safe out there!

    What are Rip Currents

    Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes.

    Rip currents can be killers. The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that the annual number of deaths due to rip currents on our nation's beaches exceeds 100. Rip currents account for over 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards.

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  • Jun

    Swim Like a Champion Video Series Wins National Award

    The Telly Awards has named the “Swim Like a Champion” DVD series – available online exclusively at SwimOutlet.com – as a Silver Winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards. “Swim Like a Champion” was produced by The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour presented by SwimOutlet.com together with Championship Productions and has been the best-selling training video on SwimOutlet.com since its launch last December.

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  • Jun

    Yoga for Flexibility Training: Win 1 Free Year!

    More and more swimmers are turning to yoga for flexibility training as part of their dryland practice regimen. Here at SwimOutlet.com HQ, we have launched our sister site YogaOutlet.com and our friends over at MyYogaWorks.com have offered us a special prize to a lucky reader to celebrate and a one-month trial for everyone!

    Simply tell us if you practice yoga for flexibility training by 11:59pm PT on July 15 - or have you thought about it? Let us know in the comments below and you’ll be enter to win an incredible 1-year free subscription to MyYogaWorks online classes!

    And everyone can try MyYogaWorks free for 1 month! Enter the promo code MYWSWIM during the registration process. (Offer expires 9/30/14. Valid on monthly plans only. Credit card required to register. Credit card is not charged until free trial period has ended. Cancel anytime.)

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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

    June 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 June, we would like to acknowledge coach William Brubaker from Wheeling, West Virgina who has been a dedicated coach for 35 years!

     
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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

    The Road to 70.3 - My First Olympic Triathlon

    By Jordan Turner, SwimOutlet.com Social Media Coordinator


    If you're anything like me, you have thought about "tri-ing" a triathlon because, well, why not? You can swim, you can bike and you can run-- so how hard can it be, right?! 

    A year ago, I registered for my very first triathlon. It was a sprint, which consisted of a 400 yard swim, a 12 mile bike ride, and a 5k run. Being a swimmer, and having a few half-marathons under my belt, I went into this race with a mountain bike, minimal training and oodles of confidence. The race was tougher than I anticipated (especially as I watched everyone zoom past me on the bike course), but fun nonetheless. So naturally, I was already looking for my next race (and a road bike).

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