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Freestyle: Made Easy (2004)

Terry Laughlin  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Terry Laughlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDK78W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The methods in Freestyle:Made Easy have been proven to simplify the improvement process more than any other. --

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Total Immersion: Freestyle Made Easy illustrates everything about freestyle swimming - how to kick efficiently; every part of the stroke - entry, catch, finish, exit and recovery; how to breathe - in the pool and in open water; and how to do both the relaxing open turn and the fast flip turn. To allow you to study all of this carefully, the DVD uses more views (surface, underwater, front, and directly overhead), more slow-motion and more stop action than any DVD produced before. Since 1989, Total Immersion Swimming has become a phenomenon among improvement-minded swimmers - the first program in the history of swimming instruction with "raving fans." TI has become so popular because it is simpler than any alternative; it works with unprecedented dependability and it makes swimming enjoyable and deeply satisfying. Freestyle Made Easy provides the whole picture on smart Freestyle.

Running Time: 42 minutes

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Supplement to Total Immersion Book June 10, 2007
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The book (Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier) and DVD aren't completely aligned, but do supplement each other well. Actually, I probably wouldn't recommend the DVD without the book.

There are two extremes of swimmers that would likely be interested in this swim method: complete beginners looking to start swimming and experienced swimmers looking to examine this method. Like most, I was somewhere in the middle (after being told by a swim coach that I looked like I was being electrocuted in the water, I thought that this relaxed style of swimming would be a good remedy).

Beginners will instantly see the value; it starts at the very beginning with active floating. Experienced swimmers will need to be prepared to start at the very beginning as well, as Terry Laughlin (correctly) sees a need to break down established patterns of movement in order to build new muscle memory.

My freestyle has become significantly more relaxed. Of course, I still have a long way to go to becoming a proficient distance swimmer (practice, practice, practice), but this video has helped eliminate a lot of bad habits so that the practice is actually beneficial.

One criticism (aside from the somewhat cheesy production): proper flutter kick is nearly ignored. Although it's not the primary source of propulsion for efficient swimmers (e.g., Terry only kicks once per stroke), it's still a significant supplement when wanting to swim fast. It would have been nice to see it addressed more in the video.
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much and too little April 16, 2007
...Too much money for too little product. This overpriced DVD comes in short (about 30 minutes) and cheap. (You're not going to believe the shoddy production values). While it is useful to see good to great swimmers executing Mr. Laughlin's techniques, there is no info on correcting common problems for the rest of us. C'mon Terry, you've been teaching for over 20 years. What about a "5 most common mistakes" section that could help the rest of us along? Also, while it shows the recommended drills, there is surprisingly little on linking the drills to actual swimming. Most of the demonstrations don't show the swimmers even breathing but rather holding their breath as they execute the drills. (Yeah, I know, Sweet Spot - but that hardly shows how to link strokes, particularly for alternate side breathing). Also, unless my DVD player has developed hiccups, the disc itself has got problems - There were a number of stutters and "freezes".
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Content - Bad First Impression June 11, 2006
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After reading the TI book and not getting too far, I thought that I'd try the video so I could actually see how the drills should be done. When I unpacked the video I was fairly shocked to see that my not-very-cheap DVD came in an el-cheapo paper slip cover. After loading the DVD I was equally surprised by the cheesy music and videography.

Overall, I think that the content of the video was excellent, but I definitely expected a higher quality production based on the relatively high price tag.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taught myself to REALLY swim, indefinitely, wow! October 7, 2010
By remster
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I followed each lesson exactly and took my time to really master them, even if it took a week and several pool sessions, and no matter how silly or rudimentary it seemed, and all by myself at the gym's 3.5ft deep pool. And the result after 1-2 months... amazing! Within months I did my first 1 mile ocean swim, when I was dying to swim only 50 yards (1 pool lap). I can really swim forever now with the proper technique of breathing, relaxation and efficiency taught in the video. I wish my friends and family had the patience to do it too, because they unsafely struggle so much to swim just 25 yards. End the mystery of swimming well.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome DVD July 17, 2007
By Krunchi
If you're just looking for tips on how to swim a little better, this DVD is not for you. The method of swimming taught here is just way too different from the way most of us were taught as children to swim (if you could call it teaching) that they needed to start at the beginning. If you are will to put in the time to learn how to swim for real, in a hydrodynamic and relaxed manner, then this DVD is definitely the way to go.

I always had good freestyle swimming "looks", as my mom called it, but I never went anywhere very fast and always felt as if I was drowning. I got hooked on this after it was recommended to me from my brother-in-law as an aid to help me train for triathlons. This method is very well known in triathlon circles as being a great way to get an efficient, good stroke.

They start you at the beginning, so you do have to be willing to spend the time learning. But after completing the program (as someone who otherwise felt pretty good in the water (besides my freestyle) it only took a few months), I felt confident in my stroke, no longer felt like I was drowning (yes, they wait until the end to incorporate breathing, but if you don't understand why, you missed the point), and felt ready to take it to open water.

If you want to learn to go faster, this isn't for you. If you want to start with the basics and learn a good, efficient freestyle stroke, buy this DVD! You can learn to go faster later. :)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freestyle Made Easy- Total Immersion August 29, 2006
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I bought this dvd because I wanted to increase my swimming stamina. This dvd is awesome. I got it only about 2 weeks ago and have already noticed a considerable difference in my perceived effort--I'm swimming with much less effort and have been able to increase my lap swims considerably. Even though the dvd is only about 30 min. long I think it is definitely worth buying especially if you are thinking of getting personal swimming coaches. I highly recommend buying this dvd first to see if you still need one on one swim instructors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps to swim better
Even if it just makes you think about swimming more hydrodynamically then it helps. I bought the DVD and book.
Published 2 months ago by Walt
4.0 out of 5 stars I think that this DVD offers a good compendium of the other books...
I haven't given 5 stars because I think that this DVD should be sold as a whole with the book written by Terry Laughlin "Triathlon Swimming Made easy" because alone it's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stefano Boggio
5.0 out of 5 stars I was amazed that I propel better with my feet
I took 3 swimming classes and could not propel with my feet. I actually went backwards with a handboard. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Life_is_great
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the Hype
I'm training for my first triathlon in April. This book has revolutionized the way I look at swimming and has caused a bit of an addiction in that I now LOVE to swim. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me swim
Had a goal to do a triathlon and had no idea how to swim with efficiency. This helped me become a smoother swimmer through practice and exercises. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SMayna
5.0 out of 5 stars Borrowed it then bought it
Couldn't swim.
Borrowed it from a friend.
Worked on the exercises and could swim really well within 2 months. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dozman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning
Treat it as a reference and go back watching it over and over. I am still practicing and hoping to master it one day soon.
Published 17 months ago by Reza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Nice book. Clearly written. Better if in conjunction to personal training. Makes a great review of different strokes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nancy Wiley
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
This was informative, very in depth on the concept. Could use more beginner drills and illustrations, i would not recommend buying without the DVD to accompany it.
Published 18 months ago by jbrett5333
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to Swim get this!!
I learned how to swim and learned how to undo what I learned years ago. Cheesy music but straight to the point and teaches you how to be a better swimmer.
Published on May 15, 2012 by Jose Castro-Frenzel
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