by Jeannie on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

What are RANGS, you ask?  Well, I’ll get to that in a minute….first, lets talk about famous customers!  Being the only competitive swim shop in Arkansas, I occasionally get a local celebrity come in the door and it’s always a treat for me!  Today, a retired Arkansas politician came in to pick up his RANGS.  He had been waiting for them for about a month….I finally got my shipment in and he was excited to get them!

You know, you watch these important figures on TV and they are always serious and business-like and bigger than life.  Especially, those that make decisions that impact all of us.  But…when they are here, they are just regular people….Often they show up on their way home from the pool and they may have on workout clothes or have wet hair.  They may need help choosing their goggles or swimsuit and they often want advice on equipment or even stroke technique or workouts.  All of sudden, I feel pretty important! 

Not bad for a small business owner!

Most of these celebrities are pretty down to earth, but I do have one customer who insists on being called by his title.  He is a nationally recognized politician and when he calls the store he always refers to himself by his title and complete name.  In this day of casualness, it sounds so odd!  But, he is a really nice guy and I love visiting with him.  Occasionally, he will send his assistant to pick things up for him and it ALWAYS freaks them out when I hand them a Speedo brief.  They are obviously not swimmers!  I guess they just can’t imagine their boss in a teeny tiny Speedo!  

Seeing these local political figures, I often wonder if I should just keep the conversation to swimming, or can I ask about the issues?  I usually, just keep it to swimming…..I assume they need time off too.  It must be hard to live in a fishbowl all of the time.

 

Okay, so I said I would tell you about RANGS.  They are a great American made product!  They are pull buoys that you attach to your leg instead of holding a pull buoy between your legs.  The inventor, Steve Freiderang (hence the name RANGS) is a coach and swim product inventor in California.  He is constantly looking for ways to make swimmers work better and go faster.  He has tons of inventions and Splashwear is his premier dealer….not bad for a little tiny swim shop in Arkansas!  Anyway, here is a brief description of his RANGS in his words:

“This is a new type of pull buoy system that is easy to use and does not fall off.  They are great for all strokes and fasten with Velcro.  You can develop upper body strength without worrying about sacrificing rhythm or your technique.  You can focus on pulling and not on keeping your legs squeezed together.  They encourage long-axis rotation and develop proper swimming angles and balance of stroke.”

Steve also has many other swimming inventions and is dedicated to helping all swimmers perform at their peak.  Working with Steve is like dealing with a whirling dervish….all energy! 

If you have any questions about RANGS just call me at the store…I’ll be happy to help!

 

Come in and see me….You can be a famous customer, or at least I’ll treat you like one!

 

Happy Swimming!

Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Today was a great day at Splashwear.  I got to visit with some great new customers (teaser) and help several teams with their team orders.  So, I'll make you wait on the news about the new customers.....that comes in a minute!!  

Most of the day I took orders and worked on custom suits designs for teams.  I love designing suits.  It scratches my artistic itch!  I've always been creative and designing suits is right up my alley!  I spend a lot of time with all of my vendors but one of Splashwear's specialties is.....Q Swimwear custom team suits!  They are incredible.  Such cute suits!!  And so unique.  Getting a custom suit is a great option for any team!  There are a few different companies that make custom suits, but in my opinion...Q is, by far, the best!

I love dealing with Q.  Their number one concern is making the customer happy...and that's pretty major!  I deal with vendors every day and most of them are good, but Q is incredible!  I always know that they will go above and beyond the call of duty to make me and my customer completely satisfied!  I love working with them!  Now...you might wonder what the big deal is....well, when you get a custom suit, you can have it designed to be completely unique...a suit no one else will have!  And, you can get that same print forever!  When you buy a print suit off the rack, you  can only get the suit for a two years at the most...then they are discontinued.  Q's suits are made of polyester so they last a long time.  Don't worry about sizing....I have sizing kits!  

 

 

 

Aren't these great!  You are only limited by your imagination!  What could be better than that!?
Anyway....that is how I spend most of my day.  I helped several teams with custom suits...these are just two!
 
Now....for the big news!  I also got to visit with a long time customer....he coaches a YMCA team in Arkansas.  He brought in his wife and their new additons.... two adorable little adopted daughters.  They are precious.  The 5 year old will be swimming on Daddy's swim team this summer.  That is so exciting!  I'm so happy for them.  Their little family went from just a couple of two to a family of 4!  And such a wonderful familly they have!  Lucky parents and lucky little girls....and now I know I have two more long time customers!!  :) 
 
Happy Swimming!
 
Let me know your good news!!
 
Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM
 

Is this how your desk looks?  I heard that Einstein had a messy desk, so I'm going with it!  Well, at least that's my excuse.  This is where I spend my workdays, filling orders, paying bills, ordering, receiving, paying taxes, payroll, talking to customers, designing custom team swimsuits and whatever else needs to be done!  Ahhhh...the life of a business owner!  I tell my husband that I'm a fireman....I spend all day putting out fires...You know what I mean......"Johnny needs  tech suit YESTERDAY!!"  Those are the worst for me, because I really want to make my customers happy and I stress until I get them what they want WHEN they want it!  But...don't get me wrong....I'm not complaining....we ALL have stressful jobs...this is just mine and I love it!  I feel so blessed to have this business.  It has been good to me and swimmers, swim parents/grandparents are the best customers anywhere!  No, I really mean it!  Swimming is such a great sport, so those involved are great too!  I'll just continue to put out those fires...with a smile on my face! :)

As for today....well, it's pretty slow in the store right now, so Kara and I caught up with all our adventures from this weekend, then got busy.  I filled orders while she hung up new Lifeguard suits.  And, the new Dolfin Uglies are in...they are always so cute.  It amazes me that they continue to come up with cute new prints every season.  They are adorable!  We also put a LOT of great suits in the Grab Bag bins...so if you need practice suits, we gotcha covered.  Come by the store for a great selection.  Oh...I also designed a new Q Custom team suit for the Magnolia Dolphins Summer League Siwm Team in Magnolia, Arkansas.  The suit adorable and they really like it!  

As for the rest of the day...well it's time to do my bookkeeping and go home.  Now, don't get me wrong...just because I'm going home doesn't mean my work day is over...Oh noooo....I will work through the night as I'm watching tv or at my pottery class, I'm constantly responding to emails and inquiries.  It never really ends...but as I said, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way!  

So....this is my life, Welcome to it!  Feel free to post your thoughts or questions and I'll respond!

Happy Swimming and....

Keep a Messy Desk!

Jeannie 

 

 

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by Admin on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM
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Even if you’re not a competitive swimmer, proper nutrition is the foundation of good health and ensures adequate performance both on the job – and in the gym or pool.

The best place to go for detailed meal plans for athletes would be a sports dietitian or nutritionist who is licensed in your state and has credentialed expertise in that field. An example would be a certified sports dietitian or CSSD. They can provide a customized plan based on you or your swimmer’s needs, and can answer any questions you may have.

While some personal trainers attempt to provide nutritional advice, it’s important to note that they’re stepping outside of the realm of their expertise and education when they do that. Most of them had very minimal hours of ‘training’ in that arena to get certified, and their goals or their client’s goals, are very different from that of a swimmer or average person. They simply don’t have the depth of knowledge a dietitian would.

To see what the U. S. Olympic Committee’s sources say about healthy eating, including quick visuals of plates of food and what to eat on certain training days, click here - http://alturl.com/mxjj4

Example:

  

 
 
 
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by Admin on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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Great swim tips from Finis, and we have these paddles in stock!

Come by and see us, or call today! 501-753-4998 

 

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by Admin on Oct 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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Great tips from Finis, and we have this product here! http://alturl.com/oquiv 

   

    

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by Admin on Sep 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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We have this in our store. Click here - http://alturl.com/qtkrm 

 

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by Admin on Sep 23, 2013 at 5:22 PM
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Check out these awesome swimming tips and Tempo Trainer Pro by Finis.

 

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by Admin on Sep 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have these cute suits with differnet back cut-outs. Plus, we have matching swim caps available.

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by Admin on Aug 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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Catch More Water, Earlier with the Forearm Fulcrum

EVF (Early Vertical Forearm) is a position that is a critical to fast swimming across the board. EVF is most often considered to be the "front end" of the stroke, or the start of the pull or catch. The Forearm Fulcrum locks the swimmer's wrist in line with their forearm, encouraging them to anchor their elbow and pull with a larger surface area.  A vertical forearm is seen when the elbows are kept high which also helps engage the muscles in the chest, core, and lats. Coupled with a timely rotation of the hips and torso, EVF will increase speed and also endurance over a longer sustained effort.

Learn to add EVF into your stroke with using the Forearm Fulcrum to complete these drills..

4 rounds (@ moderate intervals)
*First 2 rounds with the Forearm Fulcrum
75 Free
4 x 50 Freestyle Single Arm Drill (3 right, 3 left, 3 both arms)
75 Free
4 x 50 Cork Screw Drill (3 stroke free, 4 strokes back)
75 Back

 

 

Forearm Fulcrum

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