Michael Phelps Wearing Speedo Speed Socket Goggles at Mesa Grand Prix

25 04 2014

ImageMichael Phelps returned to the pool for the first time in two years at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona, yesterday. While he led all competitors in the preliminary heats of the 100-meter butterfly, Ryan Lochte was able to edge the legendary swimmer in the finals. Michael tweeted that his time is right where he wants it to be. So what do you think will he still be kind of the blocks in two years for the 2016 Rio Olympics? 

Michael Phelps is still wearing Speedo and his all-time favorite swim goggles of choice the Speedo Speed Socket Polarized Goggle with it’s superior optics and polarized lenses. A very good choice for the sunny outdoor swimming conditions at the Arizona Mesa Grand Prix swim meet. Michael Phelps confirmed his intent to swim butterfly during the 50 freestyle prelims on today.

Quick Swimming Tips for New Swimmers

26 07 2013
Swim Training Tools

Using the right tools can help beginners swim better.

As a new swimmer, it can often be intimidating to just jump in the water and start swimming. Even if you already have an idea how to swim, moving into the competitive world is quite different from just playing in your local pool or lake. However, when you learn these tips and follow them, you will quickly become acclimated to your new life as a swimmer.

Use a Long Fin

Swim fins are a useful tool as you are developing your technique for kicking then working on strengthening it for better performance in the pool. The long Swim Stuff Rubber Swim Fins are a great option for those who are getting started in competitive swimming. Choosing the longer fins will provide you with a long list of benefits, including strengthening the muscles in your legs to improve your kick technique and developing your endurance so you can perform better for longer periods of time.

Use a Pull Buoy

Another major area of focus for new swimmers is the arms. Not only do you need to perfect your technique, you also need to build strength and endurance in your arm muscles. The Swim Stuff 2.0 Pull Buoy can offer you this advantage in your workout technique. This foam device goes between your legs so you are forced to use your arms to swim instead of relying on your legs. Using the pull buoy for 10 to 20 percent of your workout will give you the strength and endurance and eliminate the drag created by bad kicks.


Perhaps the most important tip new swimmers should follow is simply to relax. If you are tense and feel stressed or anxious while you are in the water, you are more likely to perform poorly. Instead, you should take a few deep breaths as you enter the water. It may seem cliché, but you need to become one with the water instead of fighting against it. Learn to use the water to your advantage. Even if you will be competing in swimming, the goal is to enjoy yourself.

Beginning swimmers can often feel intimidated by getting into the water the first couple of times. However, there are things you can do to help yourself feel more relaxed and to do better as you learn. With the help of these tips and the right tools, you will find yourself swimming well in no time, giving your competition something to fight against.

Favored Swimmers for the 2012 Olympics

26 01 2012

Favored swimmers for the 2012 Olympics are already popping up. These are the athletes representing the U.S. that are almost guaranteed to make the 2012 Olympic swim team. There are mostly men, but a few women that we suspect

Favored Swimmers for the 2012 Olympics

will be frontrunners at the 2012 Olympics.  Athletes representing the United States are ready to compete. There’s much buzz about what male swimmers will potentially beat gold medalist Michael Phelps. While Phelps will be at the games, there are a few other male swimmers that may qualify in the same competition.

Ryan Lochte – Lochte has already placed in all three medals at the games, but Phelps took the spotlight the majority of the time. He currently holds the world record in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay race. Lochte is best known for his intense freestyle racing where he accelerates by kicking his legs under the water. In the past, Lochte has won gold medals in competitions that Phelps did not compete in.

Missy Franklin – Franklin swept up several gold medals at various world competitions. She holds the world record for the 200 meter backstroke in short course and the U.S. record in 200 meter backstroke in long course. Franklin is won FINA Swimmer of the Year last year and looks to have serious momentum entering the new year. While we’re impressed with Franklin’s swimming resume, we’re even more amazed that the young American swimmer will turn 17 this May. Franklin is likely one to watch for the upcoming 2012 games, as well as future Olympics competitions.


Rebecca Soni – Soni has won silver and gold medals at the Olympics. She competed in 2008 and also holds world titles for other swim competitions. In 2008, Soni was not a favorite and beat Australian swimmer (and favorite) Leisel Jones. This was a major upset at the games, but Soni has continued to prove herself by beating world records for the breaststroke. Like Franklin, Soni began her career early proving that Franklin has plenty of room for growth.

These are just a few of the favored swimmers you’ll likely notice at the 2012 Olympics. The Olympics will be in London this summer and it’s always an exciting event for families to watch. Competitive swimmers of all ages enjoy seeing techniques and skills put to work by athletes who have been training for a lifetime. The 2008 games held many amazing moments and the 2012 Olympics look to be just as exciting in the swimming realm.

Arena Swimsuits and Swim Gear Now Available

15 08 2010

Arena Swim

You have seen it at the Olympics and recently on NBC’s coverage of the Summer Long Course National’s swim meet, now you can buy your very own Arena swimsuit and all of the rest of the Arena swim gear. D&J Sports Swim Shop is one of the select few Arena USA dealers allowed to sell this exclusive brand of swimwear. Arena offers some of the fastest swimsuits and most advanced swim gear in the industry.

In 1973, just one year after the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games, Arena launched its first competition swimwear line with the introduction of Skinfit®. Skinfit was known in the industry as a “technological pearl.” The new ultra-light fabric only weighed 18 grams and was designed to cling to a swimmer’s body like a “second skin.”

Arena Powerskin R-Evo

Arena offers the most complete and advanced line-up of top performance racing suits (approved by FINA), based on the unquestionable know-how which drove to the creation of POWERSKIN X-GLIDE. World class, hi-tech fabrics,
specially developed for Arena by the Kinetech Lab, delivering perfect compression and gliding. Unique, patented patterns helping the swimmer to get improved postureduring the stroke, while also giving superior fit and comfort. The knowledge developed by the Arena scientific network about surface and form drag reduction.

TYR Burner EBP Fins are Now In Stock

28 07 2010

TYR Burner Fin

The next evolution in training swim fins is here and D&J Sports has an exclusive early shipment of the new TYR Burner Fins. The Burner EBP is a floating short blade fin that mimics race-day cadence while building lean muscle. These new fins are made of super soft silicone and will soon be replacing all of the other short fins on the market including the Zoomers and Speedo Optimus fins. Why? Because of the size of the blade, the low weight of the fin and excellent flexibility of this fin. For years swim fin engineers have been trying to design the perfect swim fin for training and improving stroke and kick techniques. All while maintaining a natural feel of the water. Now you have the perfect swim fin in the TYR Burner EBP fins. This fin meets all of the design and material factors that swimmers have been searching for.

TYR Burner EBP Fins

Here is the full detailed description of the new TYR Burner EBP training swim fins will do for you:

Burner — The perfect fin for training at race cadence. The shorter fin-blade provides just the right amount
of propulsion to hone in on the perfect stroke. The shorter cadence kick helps build fast twitch muscle fibers
throughout the leg. An ergonomic foot pocket allows for decreased levels of tendon strain with efficient
strength building for the ankle.

EBP — Stands for Elevated Body Position. Constructed of ultra-soft high buoyancy rubber the fin helps
maintain proper body position while training. By maintaining proper body position during training the
Burner EBP allows for raceday muscle development and helps simulate race pace conditions.

Wall Gripper Footpad — Keeps the foot anchored during flip turns and push-offs.

Be the first to order your TYR Burner Fins today from D&J Sports Swim Shop!

Swim Team Fundraiser

26 05 2010

Custom Swim Team T-shirtNeed a fundraiser for your swim team? I have a few great ideas for you. Almost every swim team has a team t-shirt, so instead of just taking an order and reselling the shirts to the swimmers and parents at cost you can mark the shirts up and make additional money for your swim team. Buy 50 custom printed swim team t-shirts for your team at $6.00 each and sell each shirt as a swim team fundraiser item at $12 each and you will make $300 for your swim team. Or better yet sell the shirts at $15 each and you make $450 for your swim team. You can also do the same thing with custom swim caps and custom printed water bottles. Call D&J Sports today for more information 1-800-460-SWIM.

Want to make even more money and you are hosting a big swim meet? Then contact D&J Sports Swim Shop to come out to your swim meet and sell swimsuits and swim gear. They give you a commission on the sells. D&J Sports brings the largest meet setup in the country. You won’t belive all the cool stuff they have just for swim meets. Call D&J Sports today for more information.

Swim Team Banner

18 05 2010

Swim Team Banners

Do you need a swim team banner for swim meets? Or even a banner for your pool to advertise your team and let the public know how to join your swim team? D&J Sports Swim Shop has the answer with a low-cost but heavy-duty vinyl banner that will have your swim team looking sharp! They can custom make you a banner for less than you think. The average banner is only about $150-200. The banners are digitally printed so you can have a photo graph of your team or you can go with the standard swim team banner design of your team name and swim team mascot. The swim banners include heat welded on all 4 sides and grommets at all corners plus every few feet so it will be easy to hang up at your next swim meet. Place your order today and you will have the banner in 4-5 days. Give D&J Sports a call today at 1-800-460-SWIM or email them for more information.

Short Course YMCA Nationals

29 04 2010

D&J Sports GuyD&J Sports was the vendor for the Dolfin booth at the YMCA Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida early April.  One again, the Uglies were very well received.   New from Dolfin this year were reversible Winners in both the one piece and 2-piece females.  They prove to be a huge hit along with the male Winners brief with their very colorful all over prints.

Dolfin Booth at Y Nationals

Custom Swimsuits

28 04 2010

Custom Printed SwimsuitsAre you searching for a custom swimsuit for your swim team? The give D&J Sports Swim Shop a call and we can help you out. We offer custom printed swimsuits and custom embroidered swimsuits. All of our custom printing and embroidery is done in-house by our full-time printing and embroidery crew. We also offer free artwork services to help you achieve the best possible look for your swim team.

YMCA Short Course Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, FL

9 04 2010

The YMCA Short Course Nationals are going on now in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Swim teams from all across the country are there to compete at this YMCA national meet at the Swimming Hall of Fame. The meet is going on now through this Saturday. They also have a vendor village with all of the swim suit brands so you can gear up with the latest and greatest swimsuits for the summer. Including the newest Dolfin Uglies that are not even in stores yet.


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