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Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes: Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers (Swim Speed Series) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"The concept of 'holding' water and generating propulsion is fundamental to swimming performance, and Sheila's book clearly unlocks the secrets of this through words and vivid underwater photos. It is what every top swimmer trains and searches for each day at practice, and it is what allowed me to win Olympic medals as a teenager and into my 40s." -- Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist
"Freestyle gone funky on you? Stuck in a rut where you can't seem to get faster? Swim Speed Secrets could be the cure for the freestyle blues. Master swimmers and coaches at every level can learn something from this book" ¦Both the book and [the Swim Speed Workouts] training program are outstanding." -- USMS Swimmer magazine
"In her book, Sheila Taormina gives a great understanding of the art of high performance swimming. With her help, you can stop swimming for survival and start swimming like a pro." -- Laura Bennett, 2010 ITU #1-ranked swimmer, four-time ITU World Triathlon Championship medalist, Olympian, and two-time U.S. triathlon champion
"Sheila Taormina's ideas on swimming have influenced me and my swim coaching more than anyone else. Her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm are unmatched. Her book is the best resource out there to help all different types of athletes improve their swim." -- Siri Lindley, ITU Triathlon World Champion and coach to triathlon world champions and Olympic medalists
"Sheila's book Swim Speed Secrets is the best swim manual--PERIOD!" -- Ashley Whitney, Olympic gold medalist
"Sheila T. is just 5' 2" but she swims like she is 6' 2". We still use her as a model for our swimmers today on how to swim the strokes." -- Jack Bauerle, Team USA Olympic Swim Coach and Head Coach of the University of Georgia swim team
"[Swim Speed Secrets] is a ripper! [It was] great to get a no-b.s. perspective on swimming from a champion." -- Chris McCormack, 2-time Ironman ® World Champion
"Taormina's Swim Speed Secrets is a compendium and reference, a tool box no triathlon swimmer can afford to ignore" ¦ Taormina has seen thousands of open-water and competitive swimmers of all levels...The insights and lessons provided in Swim Speed Secrets are the distillation of those decades of experience, thousands of hours of coaching and training and thousands of competitions in only 174 pages" ¦This book is a more effective training aid than paddles, a kickboard and even a swimming pool. Swim Speed Secrets is your most important swim tool." -- TriSports.com
"Sheila possesses a great depth of knowledge and passion about swimming that she has often shared with me and many other athletes. Her new book will be a very useful tool to anyone who wants to improve their performance in the water." -- Leanda Cave, ITU Triathlon World Champion and ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Champion
"As a lifelong coach, the four-time Olympian shares what she's learned with clarity and authority, explaining all of the small details that go into mastering freestyle." -- LAVA magazine
"Sheila Taormina may be the greatest athlete in the modern Olympic era. She's the only person I know who has made four Olympic teams in three different sports." -- Jim Richardson, Head Coach of the University of Michigan women's swim team
"While I've spent the last few years training under a fantastic coach, there were still some key elements that didn't 'click' until I read [Swim Speed Secrets]. Having been on a plateau for some time, my swim has improved immensely within a few weeks." -- TriEdge.net
From the Back Cover
SPORTS/SWIMMING Unlock the secret to faster swimming! 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. Too many swimmers and triathletes neglect the key to speed, distracted by stroke count or perfecting body position or streamlining. Taormina uses simple science and crystal-clear underwater photos of top Olympic athletes, from Johnny Weissmuller to Peter Vanderkaay, to show how the high-elbow underwater pull is the most crucial technique for faster swimming. With a well-honed, commonsense approach that comes from decades of practice and 15 years of hands-on coaching experience, Taormina's "Swim Speed Secrets" gives triathletes and swimmers the power to overhaul their swim stroke and find the speed that's eluded them. "Swim Speed Secrets," an expanded version of Taormina's ground-breaking book "Call the Suit" includes: The best drills to cultivate a more sensitive feel for the waterDry-land and strength-building exercises to develop arm position and upper body musculatureStriking photos of Olympic swimmers in their high-elbow underwater pullClear descriptions of the key elements of the underwater pullTips and secrets that helped Taormina perform at a world-class level for two decades "Swim Speed Secrets" brings the focus back where it belongs--to a powerful underwater stroke. With this book, triathletes and swimmers can stop swimming for survival and break through to new levels of speed and confidence in the water.
Top customer reviews
This is a well-thought out book with drills and training approaches. She does take her time making her point in places but this is the best book on the important parts of technique that I've seen. Highly recommended.
The book basically is an enormous critique (although she doesn't name it explicitly) of Total Immersion's focus on gliding, reducing drag, reducing strokes, and becoming like a fish. Instead, Sheila focuses exclusively on the CATCH and PULL aspect of the stroke, using photographs and amazing visual images for when you're practicing. IT WORKED. The next day, I went to the pull, visualized a few of the images she has in the book, and voila! Instantly faster. Of course, it will take a lot more work for me to improve on what I gained through the book, but I am just MUCH more comfortabel in the water after reading this.
She gives some exercises and sets to practice which are good, but I look forward to her next book when she goes into more detail about that.
Most recent customer reviews
yes the book is a must for new or seasoned swimmer stuck on the plateau
photos almost as good as a video, yes the...Read more