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Total Immersion Swimming: Perpetual Motion Freestyle in Ten Lessons (2013)

Terry Laughlin , Terry Laughlin  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terry Laughlin
  • Directors: Terry Laughlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2O79W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

What's Perpetual Motion Freestyle? Think of it as ''swimming for grownups''. The traditional way of swimming freestyle is designed to maximize speed in the short term but makes you tire quickly and increases risk of injury by emphasizing fast, shorter, powerful strokes. Total Immersion's Perpetual Motion Freestyle is designed to help you swim longer with more ease and enjoyment, and to allow for the easiest transition from pool swimming to open water. There is no more efficient - or satisfying - way to swim freestyle! Previous Total Immersion swimming DVDs have helped thousands transform struggles into skills, because they provide a rich visual guide to the key positions and movements of low-drag, high-fluency swimming. The Self-Coached Workshop on Perpetual Motion Freestyle goes a step further by teaching you how to learn, not just how to swim. Dozens of fine points and tips on how to avoid the most common missteps and increase your sense of clear direction are provided, based on TI's years of coaching experience. Whether you want to train for Olympics swimming or simply build your skills, this is a must-have for every swimmer!

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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best money I ever spent on a DVD January 28, 2011
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This DVD has completely transformed my swimming. I'm 42 years old, in decent shape but not an athlete. Back in October I took up swimming after a running injury. My first time out, I struggled to swim just a few laps, was gasping for air, and even panicked mid pool. Based on Internet recommendations, I got this DVD. Within two weeks I was swimming 30 minutes at a time without struggle. Now it's the end of January, and this evening I swam 1.25 miles with only a few stops, without struggle or fatigue. This DVD has completely transformed my swimming. It's the best $36 I ever spent. I went from hating swimming to loving it.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strongly recommend February 28, 2011
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I got this video because the ideas behind it spoke to my problems. I'm in pretty good shape, took some traditional swim lessons, then couldn't figure out why I got exhausted after only 50 yards of swimming. Total Immersion is not only a radically different method of teaching, it's based on a radically different understanding of where the propulsive power of freestyle swimming comes from: i.e., from the core muscles, rather than the arms and legs. The exercises in the video are clearly explained and justified, well suited for self-study at your own pace.

I do see one fault with this video: although it covers all the exercises you need in order to do the freestyle well and with minimumn energy, it does not make clear the difference in some cases between what you do during the drills and what you do when you actually swim.

I would also note that people learn at different paces. For some, this method immediately "unlocks" the secret of effortless, long-distance swimming. For others (me, for example), the road will be longer and will require more patient drilling, particularly to attain the balance in the water that is the essential prerequisite to swimming effortlessly.

I think any swimmer should be able to benefit from this video, particularly if your learning method is oriented toward patient, focused practice of technique.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for Freestyle Swimming March 10, 2011
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I could not swim freestyle and as a new year resolution, I decided to learn this skill. I ordered this DVD at the end of January, and after a little over a month, I am able to swim across 25 yard pool in 18-19 strokes. I feel I am gliding through water with ease. I am a 5 foot 5 middle aged female and not athletic at all, so if I can learn, everybody can.

I watched every lesson carefully and took notes. Then I memorized it and practiced in the pool. I just finished the final lesson, which is two beat kick. It took me several trips to the pool to finally got it. This DVD is not shot using endless pool, and is very clear. Terry did a great job demonstrating movements.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent detail and drill progressions February 15, 2011
By jussayn
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This DVD captures the essence of learning freestyle. If you like to learn by seeing, and having simple drills that build onto the next - then you will want to use this DVD. Even better than the other TI DVD's (my opinion) because the other DVD's did not always clearly explain why you were doing something. In this DVD there are no demos by novice swimmers to confuse you, but the demos are done by Terry or his expert swimmers. I highly recommend this DVD, and don't bypass the early lessons even tho you may think you are advanced - because the balance drills set the stage for effortless swimmer.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars astonishingly helpful February 27, 2011
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I'm simply astonished at the results I've achieved using this program. Learning from a DVD is far better than a book, though still short of in-person instruction. With that said, though, I can't imagine how the DVD could be made any better. I purchased it to help me train for a triathlon. Before I started I would tire after about 75 yards. Using these techniques I very quickly started swimming 600+ yards in 20 minutes without tiring significantly. As I said... astonishing. A fantastic bargain, too.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition July 19, 2011
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Essential viewing for beginner or experienced Total Immersion swimmer. A different approach than "Easy Freestyle," which is also a wise purchase. Perpetual Motion Freestyle breaks down the TI approach to a more granular level. Drills are taken down to their most basic components, initially emphasizing a pause at each phase. As familiarity is achieved, pauses are eliminated, eventually leading to comfortable whole stroking. There is no substitute for attending a TI workshop with a certified instructor, but this DVD is the next best thing. Also serves as great refresher material for those who have attended a workshop. If I were forced to choose one TI freestyle DVD, it would be this one.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful DVD !!! July 1, 2011
By kukus
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I am very happy with this DVD. I have the book also, but didn't need it after watching this DVD. I couldn't learn freestyle swimming before. I was always out of breath. After watching this DVD I was able to swim for hour without break. It is amazing. I couldn't believe myself. I think it depends individually. I never had problems with buoyancy so it was easier for me to learn it fast. I can swim for hours now. Now I need waterproof MP3 so I can swim longer. I am getting bored after long time swimming and need some music to make it more interesting (:
I really recommended this DVD for everyone who likes to learn freestyle swimming. It was a little expensive but is worth it. I would spend more money on classes somewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really works!!
When I signed up for my first triathlon I quickly realized I was not an efficient swimmer. I tried another DVD first and then group swim lessons but was not progressing very much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by book nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised At How Helpful
Surprised me at how well laid out and helpful this video is. Lesson plan is stair stepped to progress through each technique on how to do it properly, and also problems to avoid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Professor H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to improve your swimming. Excellent Program!
So I am new to swimming. I started in Feb of this year and I started for health reasons. From Feb through May I struggled to swim more than 4 laps (25 yard lap pool). Read more
Published 2 months ago by RealReviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow. Just not what I expected. I had ...
Slow. Just not what I expected.
I had started training with a swim coach and bought this DVD to supplement that.
the two didn't go well together.
Published 2 months ago by JA
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. I am a newbie to swimming
Loved it. I am a newbie to swimming. Shaved. 5/6 minutes off my swim. Not exhausted after swimming laps like I was with my old technique.
Published 3 months ago by Deba Bana
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
My swim has been my weakest triathlon event. I was always exhausted during swim, now I get out of swim and ready for rest of event
Published 6 months ago by Judy Harder
5.0 out of 5 stars I could swim for two hours with this system
I am a regular swimmer (3-4 times a week). In the past I could swim freestyle in my gyms pool for about five minutes and then I would have to switch to breaststroke for a couple... Read more
Published 8 months ago by James P Curran
5.0 out of 5 stars great information to learn how to swim easily
I haven't finished the program but already it has helped alot in breathing and just getting through the water. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bob Borgeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I CAN swim
I've had limited pool time so far and I'm only in Lesson 3 of 10, but I can see progress and the natural progression of one lesson building on the previous one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Yoder
5.0 out of 5 stars Slippery in the Water
At 60 I just realized I did not have a sustainable swimming technique when I attempted to swim laps for fitness and train for a triathlon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Corelli
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