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Swimming for Total Fitness: A Progressive Aerobic Program Paperback – April 1, 1993
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Katz, an accomplished swimmer and educator, offers this update of her 1981 book of the same title ( LJ 3/15/81). She presents a graduated program to learning the basics of swimming, beginning with lessons for novice, intermediate, and advanced swimmers and progressing to demanding super workouts for the competitive swimmer. Within each level are ten detailed sublevels, plus variations, warm-ups and cool-downs, advice on physical problems, equipment, racing, and fitness. The treatment is comprehensive, clear, and detailed, though it could have benefited from more illustrations or photographs. Katz's book offers better coverage than Marianne Brems's Swim for Fitness (Chronicle, 1979), or Katherine Vaz and Chip Zempel's Swim Swim: A Complete Handbook for Fitness Swimmers ( LJ 5/1/86). This is essential for all public and academic library sports collections.
- Sandra Math, St. John's Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Dr. Jane Katz is an aquatic authority one should pay attention to. We all cannot have Dr. Katz to teach us on a regular basis, but we can keep this book close by.”
--John A. Butterfield, former Executive Director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
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I really needed the basics on breaststroke and count on being able to do an efficient breaststoke as a beginner triathlete. Especially when there is a real crowd in open water, we need to be able to use different strokes to get through the rough spots. My first tri swim was a disaster because all I knew was freestyle and wasn't able to alternate if needed.My 12 year old daughter actually attempts to correct me in my kick at the local ymca ALL the time!
I really appreciate this step-by-step book and that the author troubleshoots deficiencies in stroke and alignment. Great book :)
Then, just as the book suggests, I continued lesson per lesson perfecting each skill before moving on.
It helped me swim so much more efficiently. I now swim so much faster with less work, so I'm relaxed and just enjoying the water, I love it!
Using the tips and techniques in this book also improved my dives, starts and my turns wonderfully. The How To's are very easy to understand and to follow. I'm so much more graceful in the water now.
I would recommend this book to beginners (because it starts you off with the right ways to kick, right way to breathe, right ways to get comfortable and feel your buoyancy) and advanced swimmers (There's a workout for Beginners to Advanced)
This book was perfect for me. The author began with the absolute fundamentals of having a relationship to the water and went on to suggest basic routines for the beginner like me. She then took her descriptions to routines for those on the advanced competitive level. I liked being able to see where a more talented person could and would go which is in itself very interesting even though I'll never reach that level; this insight puts my own beinning work into perspective.
After reading this book I was inspired to swim and continue improving my routines. I would never need another book on this subject after this one, it's that all-encompassing for the amateur.