It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole.
We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas of your own from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!
Today’s list features two-time Olympian and 2015 World Chamiponships finalist in the 50m freestyle from the Bahamas, Arianna Vanderpool-WallaceRead More
The new MP Michael Phelps brand launched in early 2015 with a line of performance goggles and continued with the much-awaited debut of the XPRESSO tech suit, worn in competition by the most decorated Olympian of all-time himself. This fall featured the debut of the MP line of training suits and the brand continues to expand its offerings. We caught up with representatives from Aqua Sphere responsible for the MP Michael Phelps brand to get the latest scoop on swimming’s newest performance line.
SwimOutlet.com Blog: It’s been just over a year since the MP brand was announced, we’re guessing it’s been a busy year. Tell us some of the biggest things that were needed to get the brand up and running!Read More
MP Michael Phelps: We engaged our global team, from top management through Marketing, Product Development and Sales. It was critical to set-up a way to seamlessly feed ideas from Michael and Bob (Bowman) to our Marketing and Product Development teams. As we identified new product opportunities, we integrated Michael and Bob in the proof of concept and prototype testing to verify that we were meeting their expectations. When launching a new brand, it’s critical that it stands for something different and that the products clearly represent that; Michael Phelps has a vision to change the sport of swimming and the MP brand is one way to help accomplish this vision.
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
*NEW* MP Michael Phelps Xpresso - Gangloff Review | Product Page
Speedo LZR Racer X - Gangloff Review | Product 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 PageRead More
*NEW* MP Michael Phelps Xpresso - Stupp Review | Product Page
Speedo LZR Racer X - Stupp Review | Product Page
Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition- Stupp Review | Product Page
TYR Avictor - Stupp Review | Product Page
By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete
Editor’s Note: The road to Olympic qualification in triathlon is a complicated one for the average fan. Between event results, point standings and U.S. qualification events, there are several different ways to punch your Rio ticket [Link to http://www.usatriathlon.org/news/articles/2015/7/070215-olympic-guide-1.aspx]. One qualifying event was at last month’s Rio test event. Another is this weekend at the ITU Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago. We checked in with SwimOutlet.com in-house triathlon expert and 2008 Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker on his latest Journey to Rio with the Chicago triathlon looming on Saturday.
Everything was moving smoothly into Rio. I arrived into town a week before the race in early August and had acclimated very well. Running and swimming were on point and the little biking I did outside was great. Mostly we were inside on trainers since the traffic is crazy and there is not really anywhere to bike that is quiet or safe.Read More
Photo credit: R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
The 2015 Swimming Worlds wrapped up this past weekend in Kazan, Russia. There were some incredible individual performances from the likes of Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, Sarah Sjöström, Sun Yang and a trio of young Australians, all of whom are under 24 and won at least two individual golds: Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm and Bronte Campbell.
If you were under a rock this past week and missed all the action, we break down five key things we learned from Kazan with an eye towards the big event next summer in Brazil.Read More
Clark Burckle is a 2012 Olympian who upset two of the top American breaststrokers at the 2012 Olympic Trials to earn his spot on the London Olympic team. In London, Clark made the final and finished 6th.
Originally from Louisville, KY, Clark comes from an athletic family; both his parents were collegiate athletes, and his sister Caroline Burckle is an Olympic bronze medalist in the 4x200m freestyle from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Read More
By Megan Mills, Associate Category Manager, Competition Swim
For a guy who’s won 22 Olympics medals and set numerous world records in his career, you’d think it would take quite a big event to get Michael Phelps excited. Not so when it comes to the launch of his newMP line of swim suits and accessories later this spring.Read More
“I can’t tell you how excited I am for these products,” said Phelps earlier this month at Loyola College pool, his smile beaming ear to ear. “To be part of the development team and creation of a new line of gear has been incredibly exciting for me and I’m really proud of the products coming out.”
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?Read More
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.
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…Read More
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.
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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!
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.
By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 OlympianRead More
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.
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.Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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.
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…Read More
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