Two weeks ago there was an overwhelming response from all of you to the nostalgic post about how much my swimming teammates meant to me. Many bloggers have expressed that they would love to swim and have heard it is great exercise but do not know where to start. In addition, many of the people on the swim team I practice with twice a week exert great effort into their swimming but are really held back by their lack of proper equipment.
I am going to highlight my favorite items, all from SwimOutlet.com, where I have found the best selection of items (no, not a sponsored post, just another one of my favorite companies). For any female swimmer you NEED three things; a suit, a cap, and a pair of goggles, and then there is equipment that can help you get a better workout. These are my favorites in each category:
I HIGHLY recommend polyester suits for swimming laps. They do not stretch out even after years of use and the color does not fade. Most swimmers are preferential to a thin strapped suit and all five of these are classified as Women’s Swimwear > Competitive Swimwear > One Piece and are definitely the way to go! (I am partial to Nike but TYR and Speedo are also great brands) These colorful suits are the best investment pieces and regardless if you are an Olympic swimmer or someone who just wants to swim a few laps at your local YMCA once a month!
In my opinion, there is only one choice for goggles – Speedo Women’s Vanquishers. After thousands of hours of swimming and dozens of different goggles these are the most comfortable and the least likely to leak and as an added bonus they are only $13, on the more reasonable side as goggles go. I have included a regular pair, the light blue, perfect for indoor swimming, and a mirrored pair for outside, think of them like sunglasses! In opposition, caps are really up to you. I much prefer latex caps as they keep all of your hair inside and are non-slip but the brand really does not matter, $3 caps are sometimes the best!
If there is a demand I will go into all of the other pieces of swimming equipment that can really add to your wok out including pull bouys’, fins (flippers), paddles, and kick boards but for right now suit, cap and goggles are the three important things! Note: I actually own each item shown below