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  • Mar

    Brand Q&A: Catching up with TYR

    TYR recently launched their latest Avictor tech suit in their line-up to much critical acclaim. The suit received straight A’s in our SwimOutlet.com 2015 Tech Suit Reviews and has made an impression for its colorful style. But TYR is more than just a top-of-the-line tech suit. We caught up with TYR’s media rep Erika Amandola on some of the latest TYR developments.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: The TYR Avictor is your new statement suit, tell us a little bit about the product development and characteristics of the suit?

    Erika Amandola: This suit has been a pursuit of ingenuity two years in the making. Manufactured in the United States, it stands alone from so many other suits on the market, and that is something we as an American based company, are very proud of. From the start we were dedicated to utilizing the latest technology in both materials and manufacturing. Now fully developed, the suit consists of three major advancements. The first, Hydrosphere Technology, allows swimmers to maintain a position higher above the water, reducing drag and adding speed. The second, Speed Dry Fabrication, enables swimmers to feel lighter and dry faster. Finally, Super Flex Bonding, conforms to the swimmer’s body to provide a durable, 360 degree stretch.

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  • Mar

    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
    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
    Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition- Stupp Review | Product Page
    TYR Avictor - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Hammerhead Silver Armor - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Dolfin Titanium - Stupp Review | Product Page (available 4/1)
    Arena Carbon Air - 

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  • Feb

    Brand Q&A: Catching up with Arena

    Arena launched its new Carbon Air tech suit in early February, adding a third suit to the popular Arena Powerskin Carbon series. And this week, SwimOutlet.com just launched our Arena instant savings promotion that gets you $50 (women) or $30 (men) off on an Arena Carbon Pro or Carbon Flex tech suit with a qualifying purchase of an Arena training suit. So we thought this would be a great time to speak with Arena’s Product Line Manager Debra Talbert about their full tech suit line and other performance products for 2015!

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: Arena now features several different product offerings within the Carbon line, what was the idea behind the new Carbon Air debuting this month? And tell us a little about the Carbon WCE, as well…

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  • Jan

    SwimOutlet.com Continues as Presenting Sponsor of Fitter & Faster Swim Tour

    Today, SwimOutlet.com announced its continued partnership with the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour as the leading swim clinic tour across the U.S. for several more years.

    The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour Presented by SwimOutlet.com has been around for over five years and we have been the primary sponsor since 2010. During that time, the tour has hosted over 600 events throughout the country with another 150 scheduled for the next two years.

     
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  • Jan

    Brand Q&A: Catching up with FINIS

    As part of our efforts to give our customers and fans more product information and swim gear updates, we will be bringing you brand interviews every month throughout 2015! For January, we caught up with John Mix, CEO of FINIS known for their product innovation and, of course, that FINIS yellow!

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: FINIS launched its first elite tech suit last year with the FINIS Vapor. What was the reaction to that suit and how was its inaugural year in the competition pool?

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  • Dec

    Fitter & Faster Swim Tour Promotes "Touch the Wall" Documentary

    The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour presented by SwimOutlet.com recently announced the hiring of three-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce as its curriculum director, further bolstering the popular series of clinics that SwimOutlet.com has presented nationwide since 2010. It also announced the recent winner of its movie contest that awarded one lucky club a screening and in-person appearance by Joyce, who starred in the film.

    The Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by SwimOutlet.com has been proud to help support and spread the word about “Touch the Wall” to swimmers across the country by holding a special promotion for teams scheduling Fitter & Faster Swim Tour clinics in 2015; any team that booked a 2015 Fitter & Faster clinic before the deadline of December 5, was entered to win a free screening of “Touch the Wall,” provided by the Fitter & Faster Tour and hosted by one of the film’s stars – three-time Olympian, Kara Lynn Joyce.

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  • Sep

    Michael Phelps’ Swim Brand: Q&A with Aqua Sphere Swim

    In August 2014, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps, announced he was entering into a partnership with southern California-based Aqua Sphere to create a new global swim brand that will develop innovative products that are inclusive and accessible to a broader range of swimmers and non-swimmers across the full swimming lifecycle beginning in early 2015.

    Aqua Sphere was previously known best for its line of fitness swimsuits, Italian-made swim goggles, open water wetsuits and accessories, but gained instant credibility in the performance tech suit market with the new Phelps relationship.

    We spoke with Aqua Sphere Business Line Manager, Todd Mitchell, about the new deal with Phelps.

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  • Sep

    Win Michael Phelps Autographed Cap in our What the Pros Wear Contest!

     

    Our coolest giveaway ever! We’re celebrating the launch of “What the Pros Wear” on SwimOutlet.com, with a terrific contest you don’t want to miss.

    Win an autographed Aqua Sphere swim cap signed by the most-decorated Olympian and greatest swimmer of all-time, Michael Phelps!

    What the Pros Wear is our awesome new section that shows you some of the great suits, styles and accessories worn by your favorite swim stars courtesy of the top swim brands. Many of these athletes get a great deal of support from the companies that they endorse. Support that helps them train, travel and compete at the highest levels. Simply click on a swimmer and shop what they are wearing! 

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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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  • 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

    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

    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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  • 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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  • Dec

    SwimOutlet's Top Five Swim Moments of the Year

    As we wrap up 2013, we take you back to the top five most memorable moments in swim through the eyes of the SwimOutlet team. The #SwimOutletTop5 countdown is a recap of what we see to be the greatest swim stories of 2013. We want to know what you think the top swim moment was for the year. Submit your vote in the comments below with #1-5 or "other." All of the comments submitted by Jan 6. will be entered for a chance to win a $50 SwimOutlet.com gift card and SwimOutlet prize pack!

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  • Dec

    Swim Like a Champion DVDs: Behind-the-Scenes of the Production

    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. 

     

     

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  • Nov

    Five Things Ricky Berens is Thankful for this Thanksgiving

    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!

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  • Oct

    The Open Water Challenge of the RCP Tiburon Mile

    As the ferry neared the shores of Angel Island, the idea of lunging into the icy bay for a nautical-mile swim became a reality. Hundreds of people stripped down to their swimsuits and lined the beach waiting for the start of the race. Among us were a dozen Olympians, who chatted with one another as they anticipated the final countdown. They were the first to go -- at 9:10AM the elite division departed at the blast of a shotgun.

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  • Jun

    Top Self Massagers Compared - The Gangloff Review

     

    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:

    1. AeroMat Elite Foam Roller
    2. Tiger Tail Rolling Muscle Massager
    3. Moji 360 Massager

    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…

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  • Apr

    Amanda Beard Mother's Day Contest

     

    Celebrate Mother's Day by going swimming with your kids!

      

    Swimmer Amanda Beard is not only a four-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist, but also a mother to son Blaise, age 3. She recommends introducing your kids to swimming and water safety at a young age and explains that learning to swim at an early age opens up a lifetime of healthy activities in-and-around the water.

    Amanda will be taking her son swimming on Mother's Day, what will you do with your kids this Mother's Day?

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  • Feb

    Fitter & Faster Tour presented by SwimOutlet - Weekly Swim Tips

    Swim Tips Tuesday from Fitter & Faster Tour presented by SwimOutlet.com! This week features 2-time Olympian Chloe Sutton and one of her favorite freestyle drills, Rotisserie drill. 

    Rotisserie drill - Swimming freestyle from Fitter & Faster Swim Tour on Vimeo.

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  • Sep

    New Gold Medal Delivery with Tony Azevedo!

    Another Gold Medal Delivery strikes again, this time in the water polo community! SwimOutlet.com and Tony Azevedo – four-time Olympic water polo player  –  partnered up to make a surprise delivery of free SwimOutlet.com gear to water polo players... in a Lamborghini!

    The delivery took place in Thousand Oaks, CA during a regularly scheduled practice. Tony also got into water, did some drills with the kids, and gave an inspirational speech.

    Check out the newly published Gold Medal Delivery with Tony Azevedo here::

    Under the "Gold Medal Delivery" initiative, SwimOutlet.com is giving teams across the nation a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with an Olympian and receive free product, courtesy of SwimOutlet.com. These deliveries are documented on video and available to view on SwimOutlet.com. The goal of these surprise deliveries are to show the human side of Olympians and inspire impressionable young swimmers in a positive way.

    Where should SwimOutlet.com make its next Gold Medal Delivery?! If you would like to suggest a swim or water polo team, please submit their details here.

    Q&A with Tony Azevedo - Ask your question here!

    Need any water polo tips? Have a question for Tony? For the next few weeks, Tony Azevedo will be answering  fan questions here. Just submit your question in the comments section below.

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  • Jul

    Go Team USA + Props to the Swim Brands that Support Them!


    Congratulations to all of the swimmers who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team! And a big thank you to the brands that got them there! View all athletes who made it to the London Olympics and the swim brands that supported them!

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  • Jun

    Top Training Fins Compared - The Gangloff Review

    TRAINING FINS REVIEWED:
    FINIS Zoomers Gold Swim Fins
    Speedo Biofuse Training Fin
    TYR CrossBlade Training Fin
    Sporti Training Swim Fins
    HEAD Swimming Energy Swim Fin
    Arena Tech Fin

    Hi guys, Mark Gangloff here! Welcome to my first product comparison post! I thought hard about which review I would like to do first, and decided to start with fins for several reasons. My primary reason is that fins are probably my favorite piece of equipment. It is very difficult to create high speeds during training and putting on fins instantly gives you that speed you are looking for. Also, during longer swims, I believe it helps you maintain better form throughout the course of a set or workout.  Continue Reading...

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