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  • Feb

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - February 2018

    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 Bev Buysse, a 7-year coaching veteran at Mishawaka High School, from Mishawaka, IN. Congrats!

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  • Feb

    SCSC Head Coach John Bitter Shares His Top Pool Picks

    You know the SwimOutlet.com Team Division always has the best gear for your team, but now you are hearing it first from your on deck VIP, your coach! This month we are featuring Coach John Bitter of Santa Clara Swim Club, and all the tools he uses to keep his team at the top.

    John Bitter has been coaching for over 30 years, including 11 years with Santa Clara Swim Club in Santa Clara, California, eight of them as CEO and head coach. He has represented USA Swimming as an assistant coach on two USA Swimming Junior Pan-Pac Teams and an assistant coach on several USA Swimming Select Camps. In addition to serving the Santa Clara Swim Club, John serves on the boards of USA Swimming, Pacific Swimming, and the Silicon Valley Aquatics Initiative. John swam competitively for the University of Arizona, so he is no stranger to the sport.

     
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  • Feb

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - February 2018

    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 Gilroy Gators 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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  • Feb

    Top Water Fitness Swimwear Compared: The Expert Review

    As a former competitive swimmer I tend to forget that there are so many different types of aquatic athletes, such as surfers, paddles boarders, water polo players, triathletes and water aerobic enthusiasts. Luckily SwimOutlet.com offers swimwear for every single sport. This month, I was a bit outside of my element as I tested out active recreation and aquatic fitness suits. There were seven in total and they ranged from antimicrobial water aerobic specific suits to neoprene paddle boarding suits. This review was eye opening and truly made me appreciate the technology, science and care that brands put in to producing top of the line swimwear for every kind of athlete.

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  • Feb

    14 Reasons Why We Love The Water

    It’s officially Valentine’s Day, which means love is in the air (and in the water, too). Much like any other holiday, we’ll be spending it at the pool with our teammates, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Being able to share and spread the love with some of our favorite people, at our favorite place, is what this day is all about.

    As swimmers, it’s a given that we love the water considering we spend a large chunk of our day training in it—but it’s so much more than that. It’s our oasis, our escape from reality, and it holds some of our fondest memories and wildest dreams.

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up 14 reasons why we love the water, in no particular order.

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  • Feb

    Training For The Santa Rosa 70.3 Triathlon: My First Swim

    Swim Training for Half Ironman

    A year and a half ago I participated in the Superfrog 70.3 in Imperial Beach, California. It was my first triathlon in 10 years and my first race (swim, bike or run) in three years. I completed the course in over 7 hours, mainly due to the fact the run is one of the harshest half marathon courses I have ever come across with roughly 7 miles (11-12km) of it on the beach through both soft and hard packed sand. 

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  • Feb

    Five Reasons Why We Love The Winter Olympics

     

    By SwimOutlet.com Staff

    We love the Winter Olympics here at SwimOutlet.com. Sure, our first love plays in warmer waters – the liquid kind, not frozen.

    But just because swimming is our true No. 1 doesn’t mean we can’t love all the great sports of the Winter Olympics, all of which use water in some form – snow or ice – as their playing field. That’s more than you can say for the Summer Olympics, in which tracks, mats, fields, courts and dirt among others make up the various surfaces for competition.

    In that sense, perhaps swimming has more in common with our winter brethren. We all need water in some form in order to compete! In truth, the Winter Games have some unique qualities that set it apart from the Summer version. Here’s five reasons we love the Winter Olympics (and just a few reasons why we’ll be watching the action in South Korea over the next two weeks).

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  • Feb

    The Quest to Qualify: Getting Back in the Water

    Last Spring, I attended the U.S. Masters Swimming National Championships on behalf of SwimOutlet.com. Being there was unlike any swim meet I had been to before (and I have been to a lot). Seeing swimmers of all ages, from all different backgrounds, with one goal, was so inspiring. I thought to myself, I want to come back next year—not as an employee covering the event, but as a swimmer competing.

    I had my eyes set on the 2018 summer National Championships for two reasons—1) they are set to take place in Orlando, Florida (hello, Disneyworld), 2) it gave me ample time to get back in the pool and start training.

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  • Feb

    Swim Essentials For Valentine's Day

    Believe it or not, we’re officially in the second month of 2018, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Regardless of whether you’re celebrating with a significant other, teammate, or a galentine, it’s always fun to spread a little extra love around the pool deck come February. Wearing pink, red or printed hearts is an easy way to dress the part for the holiday, and we’re all about it.

    In honor of cupid, we’ve rounded up some pieces we love for Valentine’s Day this year.

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  • Jan

    2018 USA Swimming Schedule

    The middle year between the Olympic quadrennial is always a struggle for swim fans to maintain their excitement. The post-Olympic euphoria has dissipated, there are no major international events and it’s too soon to start thinking about the next Olympics or even get excited about the following summer’s World Championships.

    The big international event is slated to be the Pan Pacs in Tokyo -- but with the struggles of the Australian team on the big stage the past few years, one wonders if a dual meet between the U.S. and Canadian women might have just as much allure.

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  • Jan

    Must Have Gear for Water Aerobics

    by Melis Edwards, Health & Fitness Author
     

    If you are embarking on your first water aerobics session, plan on picking up a few key pieces of equipment to make your experience the best possible. 

    First, for women, a racer back bathing suit is key.  Water aerobics will have you jumping and moving about, and the racerback straps will stay in place whereas regular straps typically fall off the shoulder in intense movements. If you choose to wear a  two piece, be sure your bottoms are ones which allow free movement.  Brazilian bottoms may look good on a beach, but they can potentially create chafing if they move where they do not belong! And for men, trunks work on dry land, but in a pool the fabric can bind and create unnecessary drag. A pair of swim jammers allow for a more streamlined movement.

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  • Jan

    SwimOutlet.com Team Division Product Highlight Featuring Dolfin

    Elise Locke, SwimOutlet.com's resident team product guru, has swam competitively for over 15 years, 4 of them at the collegiate level with Washington State University, where she qualified for Olympic Trials in the 200 fly.  Elise has started the next phase of her swim life with SwimOutlet Team Sales. She is here to share her in depth swim and product knowledge to provide you the best gear information for your team's next purchase.

    Today I tried out the Dolfin Graphlite Women’s Vantage One Piece Swimsuit and Dolfin Kickball. I have been a competitive swimmer for over 15 years and have gone through a lot of swimsuits and tons of training gear. The level of cuteness in a print and comfort have been the main drivers of my suit purchases in the past. Today I will review design, fit, material, and team suit potential of the Dolfin Graphlite Women’s Vantage. I will also take the Kickball through my practice to see if it brings value to my training.

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  • Jan

    Must Have Training Gear for Every Fitness Goal

    With the New Year in full swing, you’re likely elbows deep in working towards your 2018 goals. Whether it’s at the gym, in the pool or on the running trail— having all of the tools to success at your fingertips is key. In buying new workout apparel, accessories and gear, you’re making a commitment to your fitness goal(s) and a better, healthier you.

    In the spirit of the New Year, we’ve rounded up 10 of our must-have training gear items for every fitness goal.

     
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  • Jan

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - January 2018

    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 Davis Aquatic 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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  • Jan

    Yoga for Swimmers: Recovery

    In order to train well, a swimmer must be able to recover. Typical areas of post-practice tightness include shoulders, chest, hips, back and neck. This workout opens chest and hips and brings range of motion back to shoulders, neck and back. Get ready to train again and spend some time practicing relaxation to help you rest well too.

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  • Jan

    Yoga for Swimmers: Meet Warmup

    Are you looking for a way to awaken and mobilize your major muscle groups before your meet? This yoga practice will warm the body and bring mobility to your shoulders, back, hips, neck and legs before you race while activating a strong core connection to bring power to your swimming. Finish the practice with a guided race visualization.

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  • Jan

    The Benefits of Yoga for Swimmers

    If you were to survey a group of professional swimmers, the common consensus would likely be that yoga is always a good idea. Yoga for swimmers has become a popular practice among athletes of all levels to help prevent injury, strengthen the muscles and aid recovery. The majority of swimmers will use yoga as a pre-race warm up and again after a swim to stretch out stiff muscles.  In fact, many swim clubs across the country have even started incorporating yoga into their dryland routines.

    Regardless of your end goal in the water, practicing yoga a couple times a week has a handful of benefits.

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  • Jan

    Baby & Me Swim Class

    By Jill Klein

    Swimming with your baby at a young age has many benefits including water safety, physical exercise and mental stimulation. But, let’s be honest, there is also that small part in the back of your mind that thinks maybe your child will be the next Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin if you expose them to the water early.

    Those thoughts crossed my mind when I signed myself and my son up for Baby & Me swim classes. I’ve observed that he hates being on his back, so he definitely won’t be a backstroker and he’s not exactly the leanest 10-month-old, so I don’t think he’ll be a sprinter, but he already loves the water and that makes me one happy mama!

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  • Jan

    10 Fitness Goals for 2018 That Are Actually Attainable

    As we gear up for the New Year, we’re doing so with a fresh set of fitness goals. Instead of focusing on a number on the scale, or getting a podium finish at the end of a race, we’re striving for everyday excellence. By choosing more attainable fitness goals, in both the kitchen and at the pool, you’re setting yourself up for healthier and happier lifestyle.

    To kick-off 2018, we’re celebrating a fresh start with 10 resolutions that are actually attainable #ForEveryFitnessGoal.

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  • Dec

    Our Five Favorite Swim Products From 2017

    If you’ve been following along with us this year, you have likely seen a few of our product spotlights. Each month we take some of the newest and most innovative swim gear on the market to the pool for quick product testing, and share our results with our fans and followers on social media. If you haven't, then make sure to start following us on Instagram @SwimOutlet, Snapchat @SwimOutlet or Facebook.com/SwimOutlet. As we look back at our year, and the evolution of products in the swim industry, we’re excited to see what 2018 will have to offer.

    But, before we wrap up 2017, we rounded up five of our favorite products from the year in no particular order.

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  • Dec

    Our Top 5 Swim Performers of 2017!

    As we look ahead to 2018, it’s also time to look back and put together our annual list of the year’s top swim performers. With a memorable World Championships staged in Hungary this year as the highlight, there was a lot to choose from.

    In some cases some performances outside of Swimming Worlds may have broken a tie or moved an athlete up or down on our ranking – but for us, amazing performances on a big stage speak volumes! Here’s our Top 5 Performers list for this year.

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  • Dec

    Goal-Setting for Swimmers in the New Year!

    by Michael Andrew, World Champion
     

    Setting goals is one of the most important things you can do as a competitive athlete. Goals are vital because if you don’t have something to strive for, it makes it incredibly difficult to have the motivation and discipline to give your all in training! Your goal is part of why you do what you do.

    When I go about setting goals I make them as hard to reach as I can, but not something that is impossible. If you set a goal that you believe is unrealistic, mentally you will handicap yourself with doubt and fear of failure that you will never have a chance of achieving said goal.

    So make them difficult, because if your goal is too easy, you won’t be satisfied when you achieve it and you won’t have to work as hard for it. Believe it or not, we are predisposed as humans to find joy in working hard towards something and achieving that something is so rewarding.

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  • Dec

    Top Bluetooth Headphones Compared: The Expert Review

    `Tis the season for holiday shopping which just so happens to perfectly align with this month’s tech review. SwimOutlet.com sent me five different pairs of Bluetooth headphones to test out and all of them are an excellent gift and stocking stuffer for your on-the-go loved ones.

    Each of the wireless headphones I tested are either waterproof or sweatproof so they are a perfect option for the athletes or fitness enthusiasts in your life. I used a few different categories to compare and review the wireless headphones, including ease of connectivity, battery life, water or sweat resistance, sound, functionality and, lastly, the comfort and design of the earbuds.

    This was the first time I have ever worn Bluetooth headphones, so I was thrilled when I found that each and every pair seamlessly fit into my active lifestyle. I don’t know why I waited so long to use them! Now I will sound off on each of the five brands to help pick the right pair for the active person in your life!

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  • Dec

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - December 2017

    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 Indiana with the Zionsville Aquatic 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

    Coaches' Corner: Q&A with Allison Beebe

    On this month's coaches' corner series we're diving in to how Allison Beebe, coach from Santa Clara Swim Club in California, develops a wildly popular swim program in California. Read more about this coach's training style and what drives the team to success.

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