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Workouts in a Binder for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches Spiral-bound – November 18, 2005

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You won't find a more useful or durable swimming book. These waterproof pages are made to be used and abused on the pool deck, and the oversized flap will hold the workouts upright for easier viewing.
 
Thousands of swimmers and triathletes have used the original Workouts in a Binder® to strengthen their strokes and improve their times. Now Nick and Eric Hansen deliver 100 new workouts that incorporate a full range of strokes, drills, and skill building to help you develop more power, endurance, and speed. Athletes can choose between a standard "A workout” and a modified "B workout,” for those with less time or stamina.
 
Regardless of experience or ability, you'll enjoy the variety packed into these pages and the six unique training plans that help you put it all together.
 
Nick Hansen holds a graduate degree in exercise physiology. He is a former U.S. National Team swimming coach, University of Wisconsin head coach, University of Arizona assistant coach, and the Loveland Master's team coach. Nick also served as an exercise physiologist at the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Clinic.

Eric Hansen has national and international experience as a member of the U.S. National Team as an athlete and coach. Currently he is the head men's and women's swimming coach at the University of Wisconsin. In 2004 he coached an athlete who won a gold medal and set a World Record at the Olympic Games. He was also the head coach for the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2002 Short Course World Champion ship. Eric holds a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University.

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Nick Hansen holds a graduate degree in exercise physiology. He is a former U.S. National Team swimming coach, University of Wisconsin head coach, University of Arizona assistant coach, and the Loveland Master's team coach. Nick also served as an exercise physiologist at the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Clinic.

Eric Hansen has national and international experience as a member of the U.S. National Team as an athlete and coach. Currently he is the head men's and women's swimming coach at the University of Wisconsin. In 2004 he coached an athlete who won a gold medal and set a World Record at the Olympic Games. He was also the head coach for the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2002 Short Course World Champion ship. Eric holds a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Workouts in a Binder
  • Spiral-bound: 101 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (November 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931382743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I went back to swimming after a 25 year hiatus. Running and biking were no longer options for me. A year after diving back in, I had a set workout that I liked to do -- EVERY time I hit the pool. For my 46th birthday, someone bought this for me off my wishlist and six months after starting to use this book, I still thank the person who bought it for me several times a month. And the gratitude is genuine.

Looking to shake my workout up a bit, this book rocked my entire workout program. I thought the resistance training I was doing in the gym would help my swimming, but it invariably resulted in injuries every time I tried to increase resistance. Now, because of the improvements in my swimming, my swimming actually helps me perform better in the gym and pushing myself there actually results in far fewer injuries! If there has been one thing to which I can attribute my progress in the pool, THIS BOOK IS IT! My success in the pool has made me fall in love with this sport all over again. When I wake up and it's a gym day, I tend to hit the snooze button once or twice, but on swimming days?? I'm up and at 'em! Count on it!

While each workout has a shorter version and a longer version, this book is definitely not for beginning swimmers. The shorter version of the workouts run on average 3600 yards or meters depending on your pool. Not too sure about the longer version of the workout because frankly, for me to swim two miles or more, I'm toast! I don't even look at the longer versions (yet!). There are several workout plans to choose from, which I personally love because I never have to sit and figure out which workout I should do today; I just look it up in the plan.
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I would like to give a rating without stars, just to let you know what's inside in an unbiassed manner. However, I like the book well enough to give it 4 stars. On a good day I'd give it 5 stars, on a bad day 3.

What's good:
I don't have to think much about what I'm going to do for a workout. The workouts come in two lengths. My time allows me to do the shorter ones. This book is just workouts. There's no fluffy stuff.
The book is plastic. Plastic is waterproof, not moldproof or wetproof. I put the book in a baggie on the pool deck. Somewhere, somehow the baggie had a hole. The book got a little wet. I toweled the pages dry. Not ideal, but it would have been ruined if it were paper. I need to invest in some better baggies.

What isn't so good for me but might be good for you:
The book is divided into five parts: distance free, mid-distance free, sprint free, stroke, and IM. Mid-distance free is by far the thickest section, sprint free the thinnest, and I didn't count pages but the other three sections seem to be somewhat evenly sized. This makes the book 3/5 freestyle. I know most people swim mostly free, but I like other strokes and would prefer to have a larger variety of stroke workouts, especially since stroke workouts for butterfly are generally just a bit different than stroke workouts for the other strokes. People who love freestyle have the lovely option of purchasing Nick Hansen's other publication for triathletes, which focuses solely on freestyle. So I would love if Mr. Nick Hansen would publish me a book that's, say, 3/5 NOT freestyle, with a small focus on a few butterfly specific workouts for people who don't have the stamina to do an entire stroke workout of butterfly but would like to, someday...
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I like this idea of workouts but for a swimmer at my level it is too hard to get in that much yardage in the amount of time I have. I would also have to really study the terminology to know exactly what I am doing at a glance. For me I can only give it an okay but for a really serious swimmer and triathlete I would give it 5 stars.
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This book ROCKS!! As a former collegiate swimmer and current masters/triathlon coach, I use this book frequently and recommend it to anyone training for a triathlon or swimming race. The individual medley and stroke sets are especially helpful. I also like the workout plans.

Thanks to the Hansen brothers for this masterful book!!
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By Laurina on April 18, 2013
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Taken me to a new level of swimming. The work outs are longer than I expected with most of them around 3500yrds. Some as long as 6300yrds. Usually, I don't have that kind of time, so I cut them in half and still have a great work out.
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I used to swim with our local high school swim team. I wasn't good enough for the Division 1 college team but I still enjoy swimming.
I'm used to swimming with a team but without a couch, I was trying to make up practices in my head.

This book is great for different practices and workouts. It contains a variety for distance or stroke for example. While you can swim exactly like it says, treat it like a guide and modify it even more as you work out yourself.

Pro:
Waterproof!
Stands up like a triangle / tent so you can keep it upright at the end of your lane.

Cons:
All the pages get wet and it isn't the easiest to dry off since water gets in between the pages. Then again, I never had a problem with it yet.
I also left it in the car in the winter and it also can freeze. It defrosts quick enough :)
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