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Want more from your workout? Whether you seek to improve your technique, trim your times, swim greater distances, or simply improve your fitness level, Fitness Swimming will help you achieve your goals, all in full-color.

Expert swim coach Emmett Hines has created 60 new workouts and 16 sample programs, each arranged into suggested training zones to correspond to your fitness level and performance goals. Over a dozen cutting-edge technique drills help you progressively build an ...

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Overview

Want more from your workout? Whether you seek to improve your technique, trim your times, swim greater distances, or simply improve your fitness level, Fitness Swimming will help you achieve your goals, all in full-color.

Expert swim coach Emmett Hines has created 60 new workouts and 16 sample programs, each arranged into suggested training zones to correspond to your fitness level and performance goals. Over a dozen cutting-edge technique drills help you progressively build an effective freestyle stroke. The text covers stretching, warm-up and cool-down methods, heart rate zone targets, expanded instruction for stroke efficacy, progressive drills, conditioning tips, and fitness assessments. Fitness Swimming has all the information you need to chart progress and maintain peak performance.

"...provides step-by-step instruction for building a more effective, efficient freestyle stroke...explains how to set up a complete swimming fitness or training plan...includes sample training plans for conditioning or competition."

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"Emmett Hines is an influential coach—a pioneer among masters swimming coaches. In Fitness Swimming he shares the very latest on swimming technique, and his no-nonsense approach to stroke analysis is refreshing. No swimming library would be complete without this book."

Bill Volckening
Editor, USMS Swimmer

"Emmett has done a great job of creating a resource for swimmers on the technique and conditioning fundamentals of the sport. No matter what level, the drills and workouts will help you become a better all-around swimmer."

Glenn Mills
U.S. Olympic Swimmer and Founder of GoSwim.tv

Bill Volckening
"Emmett Hines is an influential coach-a pioneer among masters swimming coaches. In Fitness Swimming he shares the very latest on swimming technique, and his no-nonsense approach to stroke analysis is refreshing. No swimming library would be complete without this book."--(Bill Volckening, Editor, USMS Swimmer )
Glenn Mills
"Emmett has done a great job of creating a resource for swimmers on the technique and conditioning fundamentals of the sport. No matter what level, the drills and workouts will help you become a better all-around swimmer."--(Glenn Mills, U.S. Olympic Swimmer and Founder of GoSwim.tv)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736074575
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/27/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 488,285
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Emmett Hines is one of the top masters swimming coaches in the nation. He is one of only 13 coaches to hold the level 5 Masters certification, the American Swim Coaches Association's (ASCA) highest adult coaching certification. In 2002 he received the Masters Aquatic Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was honored as the U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year in 1993. Hines has been coaching in some form since the age of 14. The director and head coach of H2Ouston Swims, Hines has coached adult swimmers for more than 25 years—from beginners to those with Olympic pedigrees. He has conducted clinics across the country and internationally as a senior coach for Total Immersion Swim Camps, the world's most widely known and respected organization for adult swimming instruction.

Hines' articles have been featured in Swim Magazine, he writes a monthly column for Runner Triathlete News, and he has published over 200 articles in swimming and triathlon magazines and newsletters. He has spoken at the ASCA World Coaches Clinic and Pacific Coaches Clinic, two of the largest professional swim coaches' gatherings in the world. Swimmers under his guidance have won numerous team and individual national championship titles and set numerous national and world records. Hines has served as the assistant USMS editor for Swim Magazine, editor of the Masters Aquatic Coaches Association (MACA) newsletter, and editor of Gulf Masters Swim Committee (GMSC) newsletter.

Throughout all of his swim-related activities, Hines seeks to use his creativity and humor to expand the world of adult swimming while improving the knowledge and skill of swimmers and instructors alike.

His wife, Peggy, is a swim coach as well, and both of his boys are fish. Aside from swimming, the whole family is actively involved in competitive target archery.

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Table of Contents

Part I Preparing to Swim
Chapter 1. Swimming for Your Life
Chapter 2. Getting Equipped
Chapter 3. Assessing Your Swimming Fitness

Part II Swimming the Right Way
Chapter 4. Your Relationship With the Water
Chapter 5. Posture and Balance Drills
Chapter 6. Stroke Integration Drills and Turns
Chapter 7. Warming Up, Stretching, and Cooling Down

Part III Swimming Workouts
Chapter 8. Level 1
Chapter 9. Level 2
Chapter 10. Level 3
Chapter 11. Level 4
Chapter 12. Level 5
Chapter 13. Level 6

Part IV Training Over the Long Haul
Chapter 14. Planning Seasonal Training
Chapter 15. Sample Programs
Chapter 16. Charting Your Progress

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    A Swimming Book for all level of swimmer

    I really enjoyed reading this book and wanted to take the time to reivew it. I am an experienced swimmer, swimming for many years, coaching age group and master's teams over the years. I have also taught swimming at many levels. I tried to look at this book from the eyes of a beginner and found it very helpful. The book covered such topics as how to pick out a suit and goggles all the way to pool etiquette. How glad I am that Emmett covered that! As an experienced swimmer I found the workout information invaluable. The workouts are very good and I found the workout schedule or cycle very applicable to my level of swimming. The more competitive swim cycle or season information helped me map out a plan for the coming year. So I can confidently recommend this book to the beginning swimmer and the more competitive swimmer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    Best Freestyle book available

    This is the best comprehensive freestyle book available, and I think I've read them all. I used the 1st edition about 6 years ago to rebuild my stroke, went through at least 2 copies of it and gave away about 4 others. The 2nd edition is not just a new cover: everything has been updated. Even if you have the 1st edition you should get this because it covers new developments in freestyle stroke mechanics. There are two elements that make this book exceptional. First is the instructional part, which puts hydrodynamics in practical terms, understandable to everyone and well-illustrated. It follows (maybe even leads) the current theories of efficient freestyle. It starts at a basic level, with balance drills etc, moving all the way through full-stroke integration, and then to power and speed. Second is the series of detailed workouts. It's the only book I know of that lays out a realistic workout progression for adult swimmers of any level. By realistic, I mean spending 50 to 75 mins a session, with a good combination of technique, endurance, and speed work. It's also realistic about the range of speed for most fitness swimmers -- so it's especially helpful for adult swimmers who want to learn or refine their freestyle and get a sense of accomplishment. You can start at the beginning and virtually coach your way through to the end. It's like doing Masters swimming with an expert, only self-coached. And Coach Hines has a distinctive sense of humor that makes an instructional book fun to read. A great accomplishment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Outstanding!

    I purchased Fitness Swimming 3 months ago and it has already made a HUGE difference in my swimming (e.g.improved technique and application in the water) I began swimming last year and took one-on-one lessons. As is often the case, good intentions (from both the instructor who had not read Fitness Swimming and learner) do not translate into good results. I took another series of lessons from another instructor last fall and continued to build poor habits. Fitness Swimming got me back on the right track, established 'good' habits, and my swimming has improved dramatically. In addition to one the most thoughtful, organized and well written books which I have ever read - and I read a lot - this book is truly outstanding. I rarely right reviews on this site; however, I am confident that you will not be disappointed in your purchase of this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Next Best Thing to Studying with Emmett in Person

    I grew up swimming competitively. I was introduced to Emmett in my early thirties and began attending his master classes a few years ago. Emmett is a fabulous communicator, and the concepts that he teaches completely revolutionized my swimming. I am now able to swim longer, faster, and with much less energy than ever before. Just recently, I placed second in my age group in a 2.4 mile swim in Austin, TX, and it was Emmett's training that took me the entire way.I was at first skeptical that a book format of these concepts would be possible or as good as swimming with him personally, but this book completely blew that notion out of the water (so to speak). As I read the text and studied the diagrams, I was completely impressed with his abilities to communicate via the written word. It is an easy read, and the ideas are explained clearly and woven together beautifully. Studying this book, applying the concepts, and following the workouts will take you from complete novice highly skilled and efficient swimmer. I keep a copy of it on my nightstand, and it will probably remain there for many years to come. This book is a must read for anyone who thinks he might be interested in learning to swim or improving their already advanced swimming skills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    My number 1 swimming book

    I decided to start swimming as my sole fitness exercise. I swam as a kid and was certified as a lifeguard, but had never really learned the strokes as well as those swimmers I have seen swimming for clubs. As usual, I wanted to learn as much as possible before I started working out. So, I bought at least 20 books on swimming. Then I dived into the books. I noticed that after a couple of weeks of reading, I was always coming back to one book, Coach Hines' Fitness Swimming. I now have 2 copies of this book. One is a backup.The book is well organized and provides a wealth of information paced just right. It was nice that it started off providing the basics for people like me who have never participated in swimming for fitness/sport. Knowing that it describes more advanced drills/levels means I can use it as I improve. Additionally, it provides very clear instructions on each of the drills. Combined with numerous superb illustrations I found it very easy to understand what the proper drill/swim should look/feel like. I thoroughly love the focus points (red dot, buoy pressure, side skating, etc.). They provide good guideposts during a drill and reinforce proper execution. It's like having a coach in your head while you swim.I was somewhat worried before I started reading any of the books about the best way to combine the myriad drills. So, this book, by breaking the drills down into levels within a workout schedule, provides a great structure.Great book Coach Hines!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I'm looking forward to your books on backstroke, breaststroke, and fly (if possible).-Dave Hallman

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    My number 1 swimming book

    I decided to start swimming as my sole fitness exercise. I swam as a kid and was certified as a lifeguard, but had never really learned the strokes as well as those swimmers I have seen swimming for clubs. As usual, I wanted to learn as much as possible before I started working out. So, I bought at least 20 books on swimming. Then I dived into the books. I noticed that after a couple of weeks of reading, I was always coming back to one book, Coach Hines' Fitness Swimming. I now have 2 copies of this book. One is a backup.

    The book is well organized and provides a wealth of information paced just right. It was nice that it started off providing the basics for people like me who have never participated in swimming for fitness/sport. Knowing that it describes more advanced drills/levels means I can use it as I improve. Additionally, it provides very clear instructions on each of the drills. Combined with numerous superb illustrations I found it very easy to understand what the proper drill/swim should look/feel like. I thoroughly love the focus points (red dot, buoy pressure, side skating, etc.). They provide good guideposts during a drill and reinforce proper execution. It's like having a coach in your head while you swim.

    I was somewhat worried before I started reading any of the books about the best way to combine the myriad drills. So, this book, by breaking the drills down into levels within a workout schedule, provides a great structure.

    Great book Coach Hines!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I'm looking forward to your books on backstroke, breaststroke, and fly (if possible).

    -Dave Hallman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009

    Outstanding!!!

    I purchased Fitness Swimming 3 months ago and it has already made a HUGE difference in my swimming (e.g. improved technique and application in the water) I began swimming last year and took one-on-one lessons. As is often the case, good intentions (from both the instructor who had not read Fitness Swimming and learner) do not translate into good results. I took another series of lessons from another instructor last fall and continued to build poor habits. Fitness Swimming got me back on the right track, established 'good' habits, and my swimming has improved dramatically. In addition to one the most thoughtful, organized and well written books which I have ever read - and I read a lot - this book is truly outstanding. I rarely right reviews on this site; however, I am confident that you will not be disappointed in your purchase of this wonderful book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Next Best Thing to Studying with Emmett in Person

    I grew up swimming competitively. I was introduced to Emmett in my early thirties and began attending his master classes a few years ago. Emmett is a fabulous communicator, and the concepts that he teaches completely revolutionized my swimming. I am now able to swim longer, faster, and with much less energy than ever before. Just recently, I placed second in my age group in a 2.4 mile swim in Austin, TX, and it was Emmettâ⿬⿢s training that took me the entire way. I was at first skeptical that a book format of these concepts would be possible or as good as swimming with him personally, but this book completely blew that notion out of the water (so to speak). As I read the text and studied the diagrams, I was completely impressed with his abilities to communicate via the written word. It is an easy read, and the ideas are explained clearly and woven together beautifully. Studying this book, applying the concepts, and following the workouts will take you from complete novice highly skilled and efficient swimmer. I keep a copy of it on my nightstand, and it will probably remain there for many years to come. This book is a must read for anyone who thinks he might be interested in learning to swim or improving their already advanced swimming skills.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2009

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