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"With full-color exercises and drills, Swimming Anatomy takes an inside look at the muscles you need to strengthen in order to swim your best. This is a must-have guide for every swimmer."

Jason Lezak
2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist in 100-meter freestyle
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist (World Record) in 4 X 100 freestyle relay
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist (World Record) in 4 X 100 medley relay


"Ian McLeod, one of the most intelligent minds in swimming, demonstrates how to care for swimmers both in and out of the water, making Swimming Anatomy an essential resource for anyone involved in competitive swimming."

Keenan Robinson
Athletic Trainer for University of Michigan Swimming and Diving

"Buy Swimming Anatomy and treat it as the authoritative liftoff into the world of aquatic strength and conditioning."

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About the Author

USA Swimming, the largest swimming organization in the world, specifically recommended Ian McLeod as the author of Swimming Anatomy. McLeod has extensive experience working with world-class athletes, particularly swimmers. A certified athletic trainer and certified massage therapist, he was a member of the U.S. team's medical staff at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. He has also worked extensively as an athletic trainer with the sports programs at the University of Virginia and Arizona State University.

McLeod remains deeply involved with USA Swimming's High Performance Network, a group of volunteer health professionals who support U.S. swimmers at national and international meets. He has been given the organization's highest honor, the Gold Standard Award. McLeod also served as massage therapist to the Egyptian national swim team during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He has provided athletic training and sport massage to swimming stars such as Ed Moses, Kaitlin Sandeno, Natalie Coughlin, and Jason Lezak.

McLeod lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 Original edition (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736075712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736075718
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ok swim coaches, go ahead and buy this book. The description of the exercises is good, the anatomical diagrams of the muscles worked in each exercise, and how it relates to swimming is worth every dime this book costs.

I've read weight lifting books for swimmers, and they are usually generic in content, or they are written by coaches who don't explain the "why's".

I've got a former swimmer who consults this book before every session in the gym; her personal trainer saw the book and ordered one for his center. Use the "Look Inside" feature here on Amazon, and the content will impress you.

Coaches should coach, and by that they should be able to explain the "why's" of what they want the kids to do, too many coaches abdicate that role of teacher. If you get the athlete to buy into what they are doing and why they are doing it, they have longer term success. This book will help take a step towards that goal of being a better coach.
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This book is a gem for swimmers, coaches, and parents. The illustrations and descriptions are well done and easy to understand. The exercises can be done by swimmers at all levels, from age groupers through masters. A great introduction to dry land training.
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The publisher says,
“Swimming Anatomy will show you how to improve your performance by increasing muscle strength and optimizing the efficiency of every stroke.”

McCleod attempts to connect the anatomy of swimming with a guide for strengthening specific muscles, to ultimately improve swimming performance (including racing starts and turns). It’s not a textbook, though correct anatomical terms are consistently used, and the graphics are very pretty. So what’s not to like? Why am I so disappointed?

Answer: It’s the missing parts. I was hoping to see basic sequences for each stroke with the muscles noted for each stroke action (catch, pull, exit, recovery, etc.). Then I could go straight to specific exercises to help with my freestyle. But there are no such illustrations! Okay–maybe a list of muscles used for each stroke would help. No, sorry—both the chapter names and the “Exercise Finder” is organized around BODY PARTS (e.g. arms, legs, etc.), not muscle groups for the 4 basic strokes. For stroke techniques, there are no sequential diagrams–only long paragraphs, such as the esoteric 598 word description of the freestyle!

For all the beautiful anatomical workout pictures, there is no information on setting up any sort of regimen. There is no guidance for sets, repetitions, or weights to use. Many of the exercise motions are unclear due to lack of sequential pictures. For this reason, I feel that this book may do more harm than good for anyone without a background in athletic training or physiology and kineseology.

Take the section for the basic push-up (p. 64):
“(step) 3. Lower your body until your chest is 1 inch off the ground.
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Ian McLeod's "Swimming Anatomy" provides a comprehensive guide to dry-land and weight room exercises which will benefit swimmers of all ages. This book is a user-friendly resource for swimmers looking to increase their strength, power, and speed. It will also be helpful for anyone who helps train swimming athletes - swim coaches, strength coaches, athletic trainers or physical therapists. Broken down by body part, "Swimming Anatomy" describes each exercise in step-by-step, easy to understand instructions. Readers will learn which exercises are important for developing each stroke and/or starts and turns. Drawing on his background as an experienced athletic trainer working with world class and Olympic swimmers, McLeod provides important information on injury prevention and exercise modification for injured swimmers. He also describes exercise progression for swimmers of all ages.
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As a U.S. Master swimmer, I'm always looking for ways to improve my times. This book is awesome with the examples of dry land training to accompany your swim workouts. I even bought one for my favorite coach! It lists the exact muscles used for each stroke and suggestions for dry land training to strengthen those muscles and the opposing muscles for balance too. It is a must for all swimmers.
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I highly recommend this book for fitness and competitive swimmers. It is well laid out covering each part of the body and different strokes/start & turns. The "variation" for most dryland exercise allows you to use tubes, weights or physioball - going to a "gym" or expensive equipment is optional.

This is a good book for the injury prone swimmer. The dryland exercises in the book will keep you swimming.
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I have coached swimming/swimmers from YMCA programs to
private clubs, to college programs.
I have had swimmers that I have coached, make it to Nationals,
both in short course and long course, as well as swim at colleges,
Duke, NC State, UNC, ECU, Clemson, West Point, to name a few.
I have been a personal trainer for, swimmers, tennis players, soccer
players, and baseball and softball players.
This is a very informative book, on the "anatomy" of swimming, the
4 strokes, and starts and turns.
It is NOT, a work out book/program, or a weight training guide, those 2
programs,are yours to come up with.
The book will guide you, to which muscle groups you need to focus on,
and what purpose those muscles will serve in the stroke motion.
Swimming Anatomy is another "tool" to help a coach or trainer, that is all
it is.
Use it as such.
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