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  • Jun

    10 Reasons We're Pumped For Trials

    1) Rowdy Gaines & Dan Hicks, NBC Announcers – These two are not just the best announcers in swimming but one of the best duos in the TV broadcast booth in any sport, period. Their energy feeds off each other and they are wonderfully entertaining and well-prepared. Hicks’s measured delivery balances well with Gaines’s tonal range, and the 3-time gold medalist is able to maintain that fine balance of being pro-American without being a cheesy rah-rah cheerleader for the U.S. Check out the TV schedule here.

    2) The Suits on Deck - Every Olympic cycle brings a fresh new selection of stylish racing tech suits featuring new designs, eye-popping colors and unique patterns. From Michael Phelps’ new MP brand to Speedo’s latest colors of the LZR X to the wide range of Arena’s Carbon line of suits. We can’t wait to see them on-deck next week. Hey, we’re suit people!

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  • Jun

    2016 Top Training Fins Compared

    TRAINING FINS REVIEWED:
    Arena Powerfin Pro
    Aqua Sphere Alpha Swim
    FINIS Edge
    Speedo Nemesis
    Speedo Breaststroke
    TYR Burner

    Swimmers use fins for many different reasons, to work on our technique, to hone our speed, to loosen up on recovery sets and, most importantly, to socially kick with friends!

    When you are purchasing a pair of fins it is important to keep several things in mind: first and foremost, you want to buy a pair of fins that are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time; next, you want a pair of fins that will not only help you to make improvements in your best strokes, but also to help you work on your weaknesses or inefficiencies. I have tested six very different pairs of fins that are all available at SwimOutlet.com.

     

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  • Jun

    Countdown to Omaha: Emma Reaney

    National Team member Emma Reaney has always been athletic, but it took some trial and error before she found swimming--a sport that actually stuck. Growing up in Kansas,“I did every sport you could possibly imagine: dance, tee-ball, soccer, gymnastics and track,” recalls Reaney. At age 8, a family friend convinced her to attend a new swimmer clinic and everything clicked right away. “I don’t know why we didn’t put two and two together sooner. I had always been a water baby, never wanting to get out of the pool or tub,” says Reaney. They put her on a kickboard and she happily kicked breaststroke up and down the pool, naturally and with ease. Reaney remembers,“The coaches were like ‘yup, she can definitely stay!’”

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  • Jun

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - June 2016

    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 Boise, Idaho with the Sawtooth 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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  • May

    On Deck: Q&A with Melanie Margalis

    Since graduating from the University of Georgia in 2014, US National Team Member Melanie Margalis has been gaining experience and speed. She finaled in the 200 IM at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan and won the 200 Breaststroke at the prestigious Duel in the Pool, where the U.S. faced off against Europe. Recently, we caught up with the Dolfin Pro to talk training, gear and the countdown to Olympic Trials.

    SwimOutlet Blog: What’s been your biggest accomplishment of the past year?

    Melanie Margalis: Finaling at Worlds last summer in the 200 IM.

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  • May

    Journey To Rio: Less Than 100 Days

    by Anita Alvarez, 2016 USA Synchro Olympic Duet
     

    My duet partner, Mariya and I are part of the USA Synchronized swimming Olympic Duet! The last time you heard from us we had still needed to qualify for the games. Well I am very excited and proud to announce that we officially earned our spot in the 2016 Summer games! We did it!

    The Olympic Qualification Tournament for Synchronized Swimming was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the first week of March. All of the other countries who had not yet qualified through the continental selection procedure competed against each other. We were very happy with our performances in Brazil, showing much improvement since our last competition at the French Open. Our overall ranking at the Qualifier was 7th place; we started closing the gap in score with our close competitors. We left Rio with great feedback from judges and officials, ready to go home and continue improving!

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  • May

    Michael Andrew: What's In My Bag

    By Michael Andrew
     

    When I get ready for a competition its imperative I have everything I need to get the job done as best I can. I always love packing for a swim meet. Although what goes in my bag each time doesn’t change, it simply means it’s almost time to go race. And I love to race. Of everything in my bag, my favorite piece is by far the Adizero XVI suit.

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  • Apr

    Four Tips for Your First Triathlon of the Season

    The arrival of spring marks the kickoff for many triathletes to start racing after a few months of down time. If you’re preparing for your first triathlon of the year, here are a few tips to consider before toeing the line of your first race.

    Come Prepared

    Hopefully you’ve done enough training to ensure you’re fit enough to finish your race. While your physical condition is the most important component to performing well on race day, it’s also important to make sure you’re comfortable using all the gear you’ll need on race day. If you do most of your swim training in a pool, try to work in a few open water swims wearing your wetsuit to get used to the sensation. Practice cycling and running in whatever you plan to wear on race day. The idea here is to be as comfortable and confident as possible with your gear. And remember, never use anything new on race day.

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  • Apr

    On Deck: Q&A with Michael Andrew

    with Michael Andrew
     

    SwimOutlet Blog: Hey Michael, tell us a little about your upcoming schedule for the next few months heading into U.S. Olympic Trials? 

    Michael Amdrew: My schedule leading into trials is a really exciting one, which some would call crazy! I've been invited to compete at the Inaugural TYR Derby Pro Shootout last week in April (which I'm so excited for) and then we will take some time to continue preparing for trials. Beginning of June we expect to be in Europe for a few competitions including the Mare Nostrum series before it’s go time for Trials!!!
     

    SwimOutlet Blog: What have you been focusing on at this point in your training cycle?

    Michael Andrew: The main things we've been working on in my training have been my starts, turns & under waters, my back half (endurance to finish a race), and just sharpening everything up as much as we can!

     
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  • Apr

    On Deck: Q&A with Tony Azevedo

    with Tony Azevedo
     


    Photo Credit: Mikasa

    SwimOutlet Blog: How have the Olympic preparations been going?  It must have been nice not to have to qualify at the Olympic Qualifier this past month in Italy?

    Tony Azevedo: It was amazing that we were able to qualify at the Pan American Games like all previous years. It has given us nine solid months to prepare ourselves mentally and physically, as well. We have been training very hard. Since we are the only team that has spent the entire time together we will have an edge training-wise. I think this has been some of the hardest trainings of my life.

    SwimOutlet Blog: You'll be a five-time Olympian when you get to Rio this summer. That sounds pretty special, doesn't it?

    Tony Azevedo: When all is said and done I will be able to look back and relish in my accomplishments, but today and the past 20 years has been about one thing and one thing only and that is winning a Gold Medal. I would easily trade in my past four Olympics for one Gold Medal.

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  • Apr

    On Deck: Q&A with Haley Anderson

    with Haley Anderson


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    SwimOutlet Blog: Hey Haley, how’s it feel to be in the Olympic year, just 6 months away from Rio – especially since you’ve already qualified?

    Haley Anderson: It's crazy that we are already four months out! This year has really flown by! Right now we are in the thick of training and since I have already qualified it means I can really put my focus on Rio and not have to worry about anything in between. Makes the training plan a bit easier to map out.

    SwimOutlet Blog: This won’t be your first rodeo, you had that great silver medal in London – so is the approach different for you in 2016 given your experience?

    Haley Anderson: London was such a crazy whirlwind that I really had no time to take a breather and enjoy the journey. Now this go around I'm really making sure I am enjoying the process and the journey and taking time to be grateful for everything.

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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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  • Apr

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - April 2016

    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 Mission Viejo 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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  • Mar

    The Gangloff Review: FINIS Edge Fin

    by Mark Gangloff, Olympic Gold Medalist

    I don’t normally do stand-alone product reviews at SwimOutlet.com, as we usually compare a group of items in one product category, but FINIS has been such an innovator with training accessories and workout equipment over the years that it made sense to test out their newest innovation to hit the market.

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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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  • Mar

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - March 2016

    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 the big apple in New York, New York with the Asphalt Green 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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  • 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

    USA Synchro: Qualifier is Next!

    By Mariya Koroleva, 2012 Olympian

    Hi everyone!

    I am a member of the 2016 US Olympic Duet for synchronized swimming, together with my duet partner Anita Alvarez.

    We train in Northern California with the rest of the Senior National Team and we have a very exciting year ahead of us before the Olympic Games in Rio.

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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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  • 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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  • Feb

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - February 2016

    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 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with the Kroc 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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  • 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

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - January 2016

    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 Washington with Blue Wave Aquatics.

    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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  • Dec

    16 New Year Resolutions That We Love

    It's that time of year again; we go buy the pretty journals, dig out our fancy pens, throw sequins around like confetti and start jotting down our over-ambitious New Year resolutions. Fast forward to March-- the sequins have lost their sparkle, the journals begin collecting dust under the bed and there are coffee stains on our precious list of goals. Let's be honest, 8-weeks into the new year and we've already forgotten our resolutions. 

    Well, here are 16 resolutions that are worth remembering; 

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