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  • Nov

    The Ins and Outs of Open Water Swim Caps

    Swim caps make perfect stocking stuffers! Easy to wrap, affordable with styles and designs for all types of swimmers. We asked our in-house triathlon expert Jarrod Shoemaker to break down the different swim cap options for open water swimmers.

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic triathlete

    There are quite a few types of swim caps on the market, and quite a few different varieties. This article specifically focuses on which types of caps are good for open water swimming.

    We can rule out a few caps, such as kids fun swim caps and lycra caps (Unless you are racing lifeguard races in which case lycra caps are the norm). Lycra caps allow water to pass through them easily, they are not bad per se, but do not keep your hair dry and are not as fast as latex, silicone or neoprene caps.


    Most races use latex caps as they are cheaper for the races to produce, so if you are racing triathlons or open water swimming event, you most likely have used a latex cap. Most competitive swimmers, like those at the Olympics are using silicone caps, since they are a bit more sturdy, and more hydrodynamic. I have a couple latex caps, silicone caps and neoprene caps that I take with me to open water swims or races so I can use the correct cap depending on water temperature.

     

     

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  • Nov

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

    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 San Ramon Valley Livermore Aquatics 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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  • Nov

    Fall & Winter is a great time for Swim Classes!

    By United States Lifesaving Association, a SwimOutlet.com partner

    The United States Lifesaving Association reminds all of us this fall – especially parents – that it is always a good time for swim lessons! Indoor swim classes are great for a winter activity.

    As the cooler season approaches in northern climates, there may be less outdoor water activity, but it’s a great time to get kids to the pool to teach them to swim. Learning to swim is the first 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, often due to embarrassment.

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  • Nov

    November 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 Hope Normandy, an 18-year coaching veteran at Mountain Home High School in Mountain Home, ID. Congrats!

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  • Oct

    Five Easy DIY Costumes for the Pool Deck

    As swimmers, we dedicate a large portion of our lives to the sport. As much as we try to maintain a normal day-to-day lifestyle, we find ourselves drowning (pun intended) in our busy schedules. At the end of the day, despite the endless dedication and countless hours of practice, swimmer's just want to have fun-- right? 

    Halloween screams (literally) "FUN." Halloween makes it socially acceptable to dress up, binge on candy, and watch spooky movies-- what is more fun than that? Okay, so maybe swimmers can't devour a bucket of candy before a three-hour practice or stay up all night watching Hocus Pocus the night before a big swim meet. But we CAN dress up! In honor of the devoted swimmer who has a fear of missing out, we came up with five easy do-it-yourself (DIY) costumes for the pool deck. 

    1. Day of the Dead - Technically, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) isn't celebrated until after Halloween, but it still makes a killer costume. How easy is this? Grab your favorite skull or skeleton practice suit and some black and white face paint. We suggest the Turbo Halloween Skulls Water Polo Suit or the Splish Skeleton Thin Strap (and a YouTube tutorial for the makeup). 

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  • Oct

    Road Cycling for Beginners

    by Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete

    As we head into the fall season it is a great time to start road cycling! As a sport, cycling has very low impact and very low stress on the body compared to running and the two are comparable aerobically. It can be a great way to get outside and check out the changing leaves.

    Cycling also has a lower heart rate compared to running, so overall it can be easier to be outside for longer.

    ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET

    First things first, NEVER ride without a helmet. There is NO reason you should be without one. One slip or fall or car you do not see and a helmet WILL save you from head injury.

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  • Oct

    October 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 Susan McGuire, a 10-year coaching veteran at Hunt High School in Wilson, NC. Congrats!

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  • Oct

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

    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 Virginia with the Reston Masters Swim Team.

    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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  • Oct

    Custom Cap Competition: Download and Design!

    October is a popular month for our fun Halloween-inspired Sporti caps! So it’s also a great month to do our very first custom cap contest on social media. Follow these five easy steps:

    1) Just download our custom cap template: click here.

    2) Then do your best Picasso or Andy Warhol imitation! Or just be funny and creative.

     

     

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  • Oct

    Five Tips for Tapering

    by Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete

    Tapering, or peaking for performance, is one of the most important aspects of an athlete’s training regardless of what timed sport you compete in: swimmingrunningcycling or all three: triathlon. If you have been training for a race for months you do not want the last week leading into the race to ruin your race. That hard part about tapering is that every athlete reacts differently to drops in volume, quality or an increase in rest.
     

    When I was running in college I averaged 75 miles a week, but had friends running 110 miles a week. For my taper I would drop down to 35-40 miles a week, meanwhile my friends would barely drop down only to 70-80 miles a week. If they had dropped half their mileage or more they would not have performed as well. This leads me to a key point about tapering, you train every week and assuming you are hitting all your workouts, why change things too much?

    I had a high school cross country coach who told me “Anything you do 10 days out from a race can only hurt you.” If you are looking to have a breakthrough performance on race day, just do exactly what you are supposed to do in training. Just because you feel better does not mean you should try to set a mile PR in practice, save it for race day!

     

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  • Sep

    Art Institute of California Fashion Show: Student Interview

    This Saturday, September 27, the Art Institute (AI) of California - Silicon Valley is hosting their annual portfolio show. This event, put on by the AI students and faculty, showcases innovative design and fashion talents. SwimOutlet.com is proud to announce that we have partnered with the AI students and donated Sporti swimwear, accessories and gear to help make their visions come to life on the runway. 

    In honor of our sponsorship, we selected one AI student to interview prior to the event. Nicole Przemielewski, AI fashion student, shares her journey, inspirations and goals. Get to know Nicole:

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  • Sep

    Win A Ryan Lochte Signed Speedo Cap!

    We’re giving away a Speedo Cap signed by 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte to celebrate the September launch of our new What the Pros Wear feature on SwimOutlet.com!

    To enter, simply guess which color Speedo Teamster Bag has the cap hidden inside in the comments below, plus enter on Facebook or Twitter @swimoutlet. Correct guesses before 11:59pm PT on September 30 will be entered into our random drawing for the cap!

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  • Sep

    Fall into Fashion: SwimOutlet Style Giveaway!

    As the last of summer's seashells are washing back to sea, we're packing up our beach blankets and hanging up our surfboards. Although we're sad to see the care-free days in bikinis go, we're welcoming sweater weather with open arms. Whether it's the football, all of the pumpkin-spiced goodies, the autumn leaves, the cozy candles, or the fun new fashions after a summer in cut-offs and tanks-- there's just something so refreshing about fall. 

    As swimmers, we know that we don't get to hang up our swimsuits and goggles just because the summer sun is setting (do we ever get a break?). But regardless of our countless hours in speedos and our chlorine hair tied up in knots, we can't help but fall in love with all of the fall fashions this year. Here are some of our favorites: 

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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

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



    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 month's team comes from sunny California with the Rose Bowl 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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  • 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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  • 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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