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  • Apr

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - April

    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 Judy Storie, a 38-year coaching veteran at Corvallis High School in Corvallis, OR. Congrats!

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  • Apr

    25 Great Pump Up Songs

    Every athlete has their own pre-race ritual. Whether it's an energy drink, meditating in the corner, or listening to a playlist on repeat-- it becomes a part of our athletic routine. Sometimes the best motivation comes from a really good string of lyrics, or a burst of adrenaline from a fun beat. Plus, you'd be lying if you said you've never sung to yourself during a really boring set (we've all done it).

    Here are 25 songs that we think rock;

    1. All Star - Smash Mouth

    2. Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

    3. Shake it Out - Florence + The Machine

    4. I Want You to Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez

    5. Started From the Bottom - Drake

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  • Apr

    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
    *NEW* 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 Page
    *NEW* Speedo LZR Racer X - Stupp Review | Product 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 - Stupp Review | Product Pag Read More

  • Mar

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - March

    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 Russ Ingold, a 21-year coaching veteran at Blue Valley Southwest in Overland Park, KS. Congrats!

    Name: Russ Ingold

    School: Blue Valley Southwest

    City: Overland Park, Kansas

    Years Coaching: 21 years.

    Biggest Team Success: Helping to bring the first state championship to Blue Valley Southwest High School. The 2013 Girls team was the first team state championship in the school’s short 3 year history, and then repeat in 2014.

    Favorite thing about Coaching: This is a hard question to answer and I hope this doesn’t sound too corny because I’ve been fortunate to work with some very talented athletes, league champs, state champs, high school all-Americans, a few that went on to dive at D1 colleges,  and even one that made the Olympic Trials finals. But my favorite things about coaching is, having that high school kid walk on the pool deck for the first time ever and have them say, “I want to try diving.” Then getting them to believe that they can do things that they never thought they could ever do, and then watch them do it.

    Favorite Drill: We play a game called Jump or Dive. It’s a game that helps to teach balance on a forward take off. The diver does a front approach and as they come down from their hurdle step the coach yells out jump or dive. The object of the diver is to listen and either go in the water feet first or hands first, depending on what was called. If the diver has their weight on their heels it is hard to rotate to go in head first. If they are leaning forward they will have too much rotation and go in head first.

    Congratulations, Coach Russ!

    Check back next month for April's SwimOutlet.com Interscholastic Coach of the Month recipient.

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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

    SwimOutlet.com Renews with USA Synchro

     

    San Jose, CA (March 3, 2015) - SwimOutlet.com, the web’s most popular swim shop, has renewed its partnership with USA Synchro for 2015, the fourth consecutive year it has sponsored the governing body for synchronized swimming in the U.S. and supported America’s synchro national team.

    The continuing partnership between USA Synchro and SwimOutlet.com will feature SwimOutlet.com as the "Online Aquatic Retailer of USA Synchro" and as the presenting sponsor of the organization's SwimOutlet.com Swimmer of the Month Award. 

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  • Feb

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

    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 Desert Olympic Tritons.

    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

    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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  • Feb

    "Touch the Wall" Movie Review: More Than a Swimming Documentary

    Touch the Wall, the documentary that shadows Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce during their preparations for the 2012 London Games premiered last November to a packed theater in Franklin’s native Denver.

    Since then, the movie has been playing in theaters and community centers across the country, hosted mostly by swim teams before the scheduled DVD launch in May.

    Some of us here at SwimOutlet had the chance to preview the movie during the documentary’s New York premiere just before Thanksgiving.

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  • Jan

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - January

    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 Dennis Neat, a 28-year coaching veteran at Forest Hills United in Grand Rapids, MI. Congrats!

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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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  • Jan

    10 Reasons to Start Swimming Now

    The new year is often a chance to get your feet wet (pun intended) in a new fitness routine. If you haven't already taken the plunge into the sport of swimming, now is a great time to start. Here's why;

    1. Swimming is a low-impact, whole-body exercise. This is especially great for retired athletes with prior injuries, older folks looking to stay in shape, or avid runners looking for a recovery workout. 

    2. Naturally sun-kissed skin (but don't forget the sun screen).

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  • Dec

    Testing Swim.com with the Pebble Watch

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete


    One of the newest innovations in swim training are swim watches. A few years ago, Garmin was the leading swim watch to track your open water swimming, but now there are several swim watches that will record data, while you swim in a pool.

    SwimOutlet.com’s sister company Swim.com launched earlier this year with a training platform that is geared entirely towards using swim data to help athletes improve. The other training sites on the market are built towards multisport and are not efficient at analyzing data from swim watches. It is easy to tally distances, but nothing beyond that.

    Swim.com has a few other great assets including local pool and club databases and social media connections. The site has been built to not only help swimmers improve, but also to allow swimmers to compare against other swimmers at their pools and in their circle of friends. This kind of social sharing has become especially popular in sports like running and cycling. These attributes are great to help motivate, improve and even create new training groups.

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  • Dec

    The Shoemaker Holiday Gift Guide

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic triathlete

    It's holiday time and that means scrambling to find that perfect present. Unfortunately I will not be able to predict anybody’s perfect present, but I will give a few suggestions that can help you buy for your favorite athlete.

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  • Dec

    December 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 Seth Jansen, a 5-year coaching veteran at Holy Cross High School in Convington, KY. Congrats!

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  • Dec

    Top Swim Snorkels Compared - The Stupp Training Review

    By Julie Stupp, Olympic Trials Finalist

    Swimming with a snorkel can be very beneficial to pool and open water swimmers of all ages and abilities, as well as triathletes. SwimOutlet.com has quite a few different snorkel options and products to choose from.

    In order to help you hone in on the right snorkel for your holiday shopping, I have reviewed five different brands and they have all left me with very little air to train!

    The three major benefits of training with a snorkel are: 1) an increased lung capacity; 2) an improved technique with the ability to monitor your own strokes and; 3) being able to enjoy the underwater view for extended periods of time.

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • 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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