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  • Apr

    The Hunt Stops Here: Easter Basket Stuffers

    That time of year has officially sprung! The flowers are blooming, and the swim-teams are booming-- so what do you put in your little swimmer's Easter basket? The hunt stops here.

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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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  • Jan

    2014 New Year's Swimolutions

    Happy New Years to all and hopefully everyone rang in the New Year with good times! Now that it’s 2014, it’s time to set your sights on the upcoming year and set some goals for yourself – no matter how small, large, personal or professional they might be.

    Here’s our 10 New Year’s Swimolutions for 2014!

     

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  • Dec

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Matt McLean

     

    Here is our monthly SwimOutlet.com blog featuring a Q&A with an Arena athlete talking about all things training! December's edition features 25-year-old Matt McLean, a 2012 Olympic Medalist. Leave a question or comment for Matt to answer at the bottom by December 31 and you’ll be entered to win an Arena prize!

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  • Sep

    Inspired to help others through Swimming!

    500 laps!

    When presented with the opportunity to raise money to help those with Multiple Sclerosis, Rachel Clift didn’t hesitate for a second.

    “My mom told me about Swim for MS,” explains Clift. “Swimming is what I love to do, so when I heard I could raise money by swimming, I said ‘how can I sign up?’”

    The Swim for MS initiative is a campaign run by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of American that challenges participants to take to the water with any sort of aquatic activity – diving, swimming, surfing, you name it – to raise funds to support programs for those with MS.

    SwimOutlet.com has been an official supporter of the swimming fundraiser since January 2013.

    “Missy Franklin supports Swim for MS and she’s totally my idol,” said Clift, from Scotts Valley, California. “So it was even more exciting to get involved.”

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  • Aug

    Swim Team: Celebrating Teammates

    With many swimmers wrapping up summer training and heading back to school, it’s a great time to remember one of our favorite aspects of our swim team: teammates! Best buddies. Family. Our weirdest friends. Whatever you call them, they are the people we see day in and out, sometimes for hours at a time.

    To on-lookers, it may appear that swimming is an individual sport with one person racing in their own lane, swimming for their personal best time. Behind the scenes, it's so much more than meets the eye.

    Teammates are with us doing our best sets, or when we false start at a meet. It's one of the aspects that make this sport so amazing. From playing cards between sessions to celebrating best times after a meet, teammates are there to make those little victories sweeter and pick us up on our toughest days.

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  • Aug

    Six Great Out-of-Pool Styles for Fall

    Just when you were starting to show off your sun-tan, you notice the season changing. In fall, a brisk breeze accompanies the sunshine, and the days begin to shorten. It might just be time to retire your cut-offs and pull out your cardigans from the depths of your closet. As much as we'd like to embrace the idea of an endless summer, there are so many great things about fall, and we are all over this season's fresh fall fashions.

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  • Aug

    5 Great Things We Loved About Summer Training

    Enough said. School has been out for the summer, but that also means double-practices. The good news? No homework, no studying and no tests. We get the summer to focus solely on practice, meets and of course, tanning. As a swimmer, taking naps is almost mandatory, even if it's for a few minutes. Between doubles, we now get to hibernate for more than 30 minutes. The added stress of school is gone, freeing up your time for summer adventures to the beach or spending the warm nights outside.

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  • Aug

    Look Fabulous in Fringe and Flutter

    Are you looking for something that will make you stand out from the crowd? Look no further. Fringe and flutter swimwear has been commanding everyone’s attention this summer. Fringe and flutter have freshened up the classic bandeau, halter, and triangle tops we have seen season after season. These design elements are great ways to add movement and texture to an outfit, all while flattering your body. You’ll look fun and flirty with just the right amount of edginess and style.

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  • Aug

    The Brighter, the Better

    Imagine walking down the beach, in the glistening sun. As you're strolling through the salty air and soft sand, you notice: all eyes are on you. Immediately, you wonder if your new, colorful swimsuit is twisted in all the wrong ways. Why else would all of these people be looking?

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  • Jul

    Create Your Ultimate Look using Pinterest!

    SwimOutlet.com is celebrating the summer of style with our first-ever “Pin It to Win It” sweepstakes running today through August 14, 2013!

    Design your own fashion “storyboard” from over 50,000 different styles and items available at SwimOutlet.com.

    Create boards from a variety of categories like swim, fashion, surf or beach gear. One lucky winner will win $500 towards purchasing every item on his or her board!

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  • Jun

    FASHION SWIM TREND ALERT: Lace & Crochet

    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.

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  • May

    UPDATED: Global Market of Arena POWERSKIN Carbon-Pro Suits Waived of FINA Approval

    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

    Dear Customers,

    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. 

    This includes:
    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. 

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  • May

    Expert Product Review: New Balance 890v3 Running Shoe

    The team at SwimOutlet.com and RunOutlet.com will be running in The Color Run 5k San Jose this month, so we thought we’d try out a pair of colorful running shoes as training gets underway this week!

    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.

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  • Nov

    Work Out with Ryan Lochte!

    Check out the workout that’s been written up nation-wide by Men’s Fitness, USA Today... and even WebMD!
     
    Eleven-time Olympic medalist and our favorite grill-wearing swimmer, Ryan Lochte, is legendary for his tough and fanatical dry land work-outs. Now you, too, can follow along with the same training regimen that helped Lochte win multiple golds at the 2012 London Games.
     
    Ryan Lochte’s Hard-CORE workout focuses on strengthening the core, an important part of a swimmer's body. Sculpt the core of your physique and allow the rest of your body to follow.
     
    You can do the workouts in the comfort and privacy of your own home -- with no need to buy weights.
     
    It’s the perfect stocking-stuffer for winter training or to prepare for the upcoming summer season. Competitive or recreational swimmers and fitness buffs alike will all enjoy Ryan Lochte’s Hard-CORE training video, helping them achieve their desired physique and “abs of steel.”
     
     
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