By Chloe Sutton
When I work with the Fitter & Faster Team, I know that no matter what we do, we do it big! We take an idea and we do everything possible to make it the best thing out there. When you’re working with a group of Olympic Swimmers, you know that we’re competitive, disciplined, and we never settle for anything but an epic success. So when I was invited along with a group of my favorite fellow Olympic swimmers to San Jose, California for a secret project, I knew that something amazing was in the process.
Tis the season to give thanks! Two-time gold medalist Ricky Berens is especially thankful this Thanksgiving, as the 25-year-old, two-time Olympian just announced his retirement from competitive swimming. Berens gave us his five things to be thankful for this holiday! What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comment section below by December 9 for a chance to win a TYR prize pack signed by Ricky Berens!
The RCP Tiburon Mile takes place this weekend in the San Francisco Bay, and SwimOutlet.com is a proud supporting sponsor. Check out these action shots from past races and check back next week for a full recap of the SwimOutlet.com team swimming in the race!
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.
Hey guys! It’s Mark Gangloff and I am back with another product review. Let me start this post by thanking everyone who gave feedback on my last post. Your comments, questions, and general interest have gotten me even more excited about continuing to share my own experience and thoughts with you about the products that I choose and love. I hope you will enjoy this review just as much!
This review will be a little bit different from the last one, as it is not about equipment that I use in the pool. Instead, it is an out-of-water, out-of-practice piece of equipment. Yet, it’s VITAL to my success. I have been swimming for the last 22 years and I have never had any major injuries. One of the most common questions that I am asked is, "How do you prevent injuries?" My answer is always, "I get regular massages." Most people think (and sometimes even say), "Oh he is an Olympian and is entitled to a fancy massage." I have to explain to them that while I do get a massage every two weeks, the majority of massages I do myself. I give myself some sort of massage at least every other day – if not every day.
While this review is not intended to be a teaching session, I must say this: DO NOT WALK OFF DECK WITH TIGHT MUSCLES. IT MAKES TOMORROW MUCH HARDER. While stretching does help, I find a combination of stretching and massage is what really allows me to maintain high levels of performance day in and day out.
During this review, I am going to be speaking specifically about three of the products that SwimOutlet carries:
There are 18 different foam rollers and massagers on Swimoutlet.com, but many of them are variations of the same product. So I will review these three categories and will do my best to make suggestions about the other products along the way. I will start this review with the most general type of massager and move onto massagers great for specific uses.
First and foremost: Why use a self-massager? The main reason for using a self-massager is for myofacial release, which is a fancy way of saying “relaxing tight muscles.” The other, less obvious reason to use a self-massager is to warm up before a workout. In fact, I use one kind of massager for warming up and another for muscle relaxation. I’ll explain my reasoning throughout the review.
Here we go…
PULL BUOYS AND KICK PULLS REVIEWED:
Pull Buoys - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
Head Swimming Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Better Times Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Sporti Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo Adult Pull Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
TYR Training Pull Float - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Ergo Buoy - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Kick Pulls - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
Speedo Pull Kick - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Arena Pull Kick - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Aqua Sphere Pull/Push/Kick - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Arena Waiving FINA-Approval on the Global Market Supply of POWERSKIN Carbon Pro Technical Suits, Offering Replacement with New Generation Carbon-Pro Mark 2
UPDATE (7/22): The new FINA-approved Arena Powerskin Carbon Pro MK2 has arrived in stock and is now available for purchase in limited quantities for both men and women.
To order women's Carbon Pro MK2
To order men's Carbon Pro MK2
Arena announced on Monday May 6, 2013, that it was waiving FINA-approval from all Arena POWERSKIN Carbon Pro suits, even those produced and sold prior to 2012.
Arena Powerskin Carbon Pro Full Body Short Leg Closed Back (AR220994)
Arena Powerskin Carbon Pro Full Body Short Leg Open Back (AR220993)
Arena Powerskin Carbon Pro Jammer (AR141364)
Arena has stated suit problems arised due to manufacturing irregularities which caused an unintended - and unexpected - reduction of the permeability to air of some of the racing suits produced between the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. While only part of their production has been affected, FINA is withdrawing the approval codes for all Carbon Pro models at Arena's request.
We realize this is a major announcement and unfortunate to current owners of the suit, as the Arena Carbon Pro is considered to be one of the most popular technical suits for competitive swimmers on the market. As testament to Arena's unwavering commitment to its athletes and customers, Arena will provide a new generation, Carbon-Pro Mark 2 as an exchange to any customer with a current model Carbon Pro suit with proof of purchase.
We will provide a replacement suit (FINA-approved POWERSKIN Carbon-Pro Mark 2) to all customers who have purchased Arena Carbon Pro suits from us in the past. Arena has alerted us that replacements suits will be available to the global market around the July 2013 time frame. We have already alerted current purchasers of this suit about this time frame in case they have any important competitive swim meets planned before that time period.
The growing popularity of lightweight running shoes has been building for the past several years, but what seemed to be primarily a fashion-driven movement done for looks and style has very much become a functional development as some of the best running brands have entered into the category with terrific designs.
A few of the brands that focus on running technology have been putting a greater emphasis on making these lightweight shoes into terrific running shoes by their own accounts – not just resting on the laurels of the low-profile silhouette itself.
The New Balance 890v3 very much falls into this category: a good-looking, lightweight shoe that still doubles as a terrific runner. At 9.55 oz, it’s roughly 25% lighter than New Balance’s classic 990v3 design – so it checks the lightweight test.
Editor’s Note: Along with the broadest inventory of swim gear, SwimOutlet.com has a full selection of gear for all your Triathlon needs (except the bikes!), so we asked if the SwimOutlet.com blog could follow along with our triathlon category manager, Polly Feyereisn, as she prepares for the legendary Wildflower Triathlon in May.
Lake San Antonio… it’s considered hallowed ground in triathlon circles. Maybe it’s the clear sunny sky or the crystal cold water. Maybe it’s 30 years of triathlon history, or my personal history with the race. Maybe it’s the 30-foot triathlete billboards. Whatever it is, this place is special. Where else can you get up at the crack of dawn, roll in for a training day and be treated with the sight of more triathletes than most local races.
As we pull up to the entrance gate, we are greeted by the massive cut out of a runner baking in the sun, a reminder of what is to come. Rolling down to the parking lot – which in four weeks will be one of the largest transition zones I've ever witnessed – I see a stage of swimmers stretching out their wetsuits from a winter of neglect, runners lathering pale winter skin with sunscreen and cyclists pumping up the tires of mountain bikes, road bikes and carbon master pieces. All attracted to this location for their own preparatory reasons, but also for the same reason I'm here: this place is awesome.
Photo: One of Wildflower's famous billboards posted in the park.
Hello SwimOutlet fans!
You may have noticed over the past few months, that SwimOutlet.com has been increasing its product selection beyond swimming to include running, yoga and surf gear, too. So we’ll have some non-swimming posts from time-to-time.
We’re building up a running culture here and this weekend a bunch of staffers ran in the popular 408k Race to the Row in San Jose.
Congrats to the participants!
Asics was nice enough to send us a few pairs of the new GEL-Kayano 19 that just hit our inventory to try out for the race – and we took them for a test run out back of our office along the Guadalupe River Trail.
Having a trail behind our office is a big perk of being at SwimOutlet.com. The Guadalupe River Trail runs 11 miles from downtown San Jose to the southern most point of San Francisco Bay. It’s flat and has both gravel and paved sections, making it a perfect spot to try out the new Asics.