The Essential Swimmer
The essential Swimmer is every swimmer's guide to a successful swimming program. Fitness and competitive swimmers alike will benefit from its concise, practical advice on everything from basic stroke technique to advanced training programs.The Essential Swimmer will not only teach you how to identify your own stroke, kick, body position, and breathing flaws, but it will also prescribe remedies in the form of new and innovative drills.This helpful book contains chapters on: swimming's many benefits; basic & advanced freestyle technique; perfecting your freestyle technique; drills, drills, and drills; butterfly, backstroke; and breaststroke; swimming aids; setting up your training program; practical swimming tips; flexibility training; strength training; nutrition for swimming and life; and cross training.With over fifty precise, east-to-follow line drawings, The Essential Swimmer guarantees results and is a must for each and every active swimmer. (5 1/2 X 8 1/4, 176 pages, diagrams, charts)
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Very clear and well written. I will be using the free-style advice.
This book is good for giving some tips of fitness and flexibility.
But when it comes to using to apply it to practical learning of swimming
this book is a bummer. Because the things advocated in this book cant
be performed by beginners may be it is for advanced learners, but definitely not for novice. For example the book talks about 90 degree
elbow flexion... that is just not possible by a beginner...
Another thing that is negative about this book is there is no mentioning
about balance or maintaining balance... the book talks about tons of
drills for breathing, kicking, rotation etc etc etc but what about
balance ???? that is the most ubiquitous fundamental element in each
of these components of overall swimming... its amazing that there is no
mention about the technical term "BALANCE".
Overall I give it two stars for flexibility and fitness information
but not for expositing on technique of learning swimming itself.
TI by Terry Laughlin.... is much friendlier and easy and practical for
newcomers... I put in about 10 weeks trying to learn from this book
but never progressed... sorry