Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes

Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes

Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers

Book - 2012
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In Swim Speed Secrets , 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina reveals the swim technique used by the world's fastest swimmers.

Over the course of 4 Olympic Games and throughout her career as a world champion triathlete, Taormina refined her exceptional technique as a student of the sport, studying the world's best swimmers using underwater photographs and video analysis. From Johnny Weissmuller to Michael Phelps, the world's fastest swimmers share two common elements: high stroke rate and a high-elbow underwater pull.

Many swimmers and triathletes neglect the underwater pull, distracted by stroke count or perfecting less critical details like body position, streamlining, and roll. Swim Speed Secrets focuses on producing power--the most crucial element of swimming--to help triathletes and swimmers overhaul their swim stroke and find the speed that's been eluding them.

With a commonsense approach that comes from decades of practice and years of hands-on coaching experience, Taormina shows swimmers how to transition to faster swimming. Swim Speed Secrets includes:

The best drills to cultivate a more sensitive feel for the water Dryland and strength building exercises to develop arm position and upper body musculature Crisp photos of Olympic swimmers and variations in their high-elbow underwater pull Clear descriptions of the key moments of the underwater pull Tips that helped her perform at a world-class level for two decades

Sheila Taormina's Swim Speed Secrets brings the focus back where it belongs--to a powerful underwater stroke. With this approach, triathletes and swimmers can stop swimming for survival and break through to new levels of speed and confidence in the water.

Publisher: Boulder : VeloPress, c2012
ISBN: 9781934030882
Branch Call Number: 797.21 TAO
Characteristics: xvi, 177 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Taormina, Sheila Call the suit
Alternative Title: Swim speed secrets


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Feb 03, 2015

definitely better than most other swim books.

lots of good information on how to develop a feel for the water. very good discussion of fluid mechanics. photographs, while they are just static photographs, are tied very well to the text and actually illustrate the points being made.
videos on the website are good but are about 25% plugging of this book and other videos (~14 seconds out of 53 is fluff, another has 20+ seconds of fluff out of 47 seconds).

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