Becoming A Faster Swimmer: Freestyle Swimming featuring Coach Tom Jager
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Races are often decided by fractions of seconds, so attention to every detail is imperative. In this DVD, Tom Jager teaches the essential details of the freestyle stroke to a young swim team. He shares many important training tips and drills that will help swimmers of all levels. The topics covered in this program include: sculling, streamlining, kicking, head position, body position, arm position, breathing, and more. The Special Features section provides additional tips and advice for swimmers, parents, and coaches.
About the Actor
For nearly a decade, Tom Jager was the world record holder in the 50 Meter Freestyle. Tom competed in the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympic games, and earned five Gold Medals, one Silver Medal, and one Bronze Medal. Currently, Tom is the head coach for the women's swimming team at the University of Idaho.
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I looked for this DVD trying to complement my knowledge on freestyle. Tom Jager isn't only a great swimmer, but also very good in teaching the 'howtos'. Everything viewed in the DVD is very important and crucial for maintaining an efficient stroke, it doesn't miss any of the basic details about.
I learned some drills I never imagined before (which by the way amazed me). Some of the explanations are great, for example regarding water physics, like how to "manage" water with hands, legs, etc, why do we have to keep elbows up (explanations!, not just 'doits'!), so it has been very useful for me in that matters, to understand why do I have to do things how I must.
What I didn't like and missed were things apart from Tom Jager: the direction of the video and the team. The video doesn't capture good enough Jager's demos, because the camera is always still; we just see him pass by and look most of the time his feet from the back. To really appreciate his style the camera should have moved along with him (sadly it's a very low budget film). The other thing, about the team, they are kids!, "good swimmers", but I think the best for a class video would have been to put professional swimmers there! (imagine a Jane Fonda's workout video with kids doing the routines, giving them more time than her)... bad idea! If the DVD was intended for coaches only, I would have understood, but it's not.
For the basics it's fine.
If you are not good at picking up instruction information from unique speach pattern, this DVD may not be right for you.
But after working on the drills, I went to 1:52. I am drilling everytime I go into the pool and slowly working all the steps together. But beware, swimming properly is more tiring than swimming poorly....