Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes

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In Swim Speed Secrets, 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina reveals the swim technique used by the world’s fastest swimmers.
 
Over the course of 4 Olympic Games and throughout her career as a world champion triathlete, Taormina refined her exceptional technique as a student of the sport, studying the world's best swimmers using underwater photographs and video ...

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Swim Speed Secrets: Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World?s Fastest Swimmers

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Overview

In Swim Speed Secrets, 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina reveals the swim technique used by the world’s fastest swimmers.
 
Over the course of 4 Olympic Games and throughout her career as a world champion triathlete, Taormina refined her exceptional technique as a student of the sport, studying the world's best swimmers using underwater photographs and video analysis. From Johnny Weissmuller to Michael Phelps, the world’s fastest swimmers share one common element: a high-elbow underwater pull.
 
Too many swimmers and triathletes neglect the pull, distracted by stroke count or perfecting details like body position or streamlining. Taormina uses simple science and crystal clear underwater photos of Olympic athletes to show how the high-elbow underwater pull is the most crucial technique for faster swimming.
 
With a commonsense approach that comes from decades of practice and 15 years of hands-on coaching experience, Taormina’s Swim Speed Secrets gives triathletes and swimmers the clear direction they need to overhaul their swim stroke and find the speed that’s been eluding them. Swim Speed Secrets includes:
 
·         The best drills to cultivate a more sensitive feel for the water
·         Dryland and strength building exercises to develop arm position and upper body musculature
·         Crisp photos of Olympic swimmers and variations in their high-elbow underwater pull
·         Clear descriptions of the key moments of the underwater pull
·         Tips that helped her perform at a world-class level for two decades
 
Swim Speed Secrets brings the focus back where it belongs—to a powerful underwater stroke. With this book, triathletes and swimmers can stop swimming for survival and break through to new levels of speed and confidence in the water.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The concept of 'holding' water and generating propulsion is fundamental to swimming performance, and Sheila's book clearly unlocks the secrets of this through words and vivid underwater photos. It is what every top swimmer trains and searches for each day at practice, and it is what allowed me to win Olympic medals as a teenager and into my 40s." — Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist

"In her book, Sheila Taormina gives a great understanding of the art of high performance swimming. With her help, you can stop swimming for survival and start swimming like a pro." — Laura Bennett, 2010 ITU #1-ranked swimmer, four-time ITU World Triathlon Championship medalist, Olympian, and two-time U.S. triathlon champion

"A ripper! Great to get a no-b.s. perspective on swimming from a champion." — Chris McCormack, 2-time Ironman® World Champion

“Taormina’s Swim Speed Secrets is a compendium and reference, a tool box no triathlon swimmer can afford to ignore… Taormina has seen thousands of open-water and competitive swimmers of all levels...The insights and lessons provided in Swim Speed Secrets are the distillation of those decades of experience, thousands of hours of coaching and training and thousands of competitions in only 174 pages…This book is a more effective training aid than paddles, a kickboard and even a swimming pool. Swim Speed Secrets is your most important swim tool.” — TriSports

"Sheila's book Swim Speed Secrets is the best swim manual—PERIOD!" — Ashley Whitney, Olympic Gold Medalist

"Sheila Taormina may be the greatest athlete in the modern Olympic era. She's the only person I know who has made four Olympic teams in three different sports." — Jim Richardson, Head Coach of the University of Michigan women’s swim team

"Sheila T. is just 5' 2" but she swims like she is 6' 2". We still use her as a model for our swimmers today on how to swim the strokes." — Jack Bauerle, Team USA Olympic Swim Coach and Head Coach of the University of Georgia swim team

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934030882
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Swim Speed Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 202,800
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Taormina has competed in four Olympic games and is the only woman in the world to have competed in three different sports on the Olympic stage—swimming, triathlon, and modern pentathlon. At just 5’ 2” tall, Taormina refined her exceptional freestyle swim technique to  win a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and the 2004 ITU triathlon world championship. Taormina has coached elite and age-group swimmers and triathletes for 15 years, helping them to develop the same strong underwater pull that propelled her to athletic success in her racing career. Taormina conducts dozens of swim clinics around the world each year. For more information, please visit sheilat.com.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. The Pareto Principle: Applying the 80/20 Rule in the Pool
2. The Big Picture: Understanding the Swimming Equation
3. The Vital Element: A Case to Prove It
4. Fluid Dynamics and Theories of Propulsion: The Challenges and the Beauty
5. The Underwater Pull: Vital Elements of the Vital Element
6. Developing the Underwater Pull: Exercises to Improve Strength, Flexibility, and Feel
7. The Swimming Equation Applied: Stroke Counts and Rates of Top Swimmers
8. Piecing It All Together: Conclusions and "Calling the Suit"

Appendix A: One Last Toast, 1924-2008
Appendix B: For Beginners: Understanding Swimming Lingo and Workout Design
Appendix C: Ask an Olympian

Notes
Resources

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Rating for NOOK book only

    This is a great book, but many of the important pictures and diagrams are missing on the digital version. Buy the hard copy of this one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Awesome Book!

    This is a wonderful book and deck of workout cards. I recommend you get the book and read before starting the workout cards. From the first carefully designed workout I felt Sheila's principles (secrets) for fast swimming were being driven home.

    This is truly a different swim technique system, though ironically very basic in its approach. Sheila drives the fundamentals of fast swimming home with here book and workouts. No real secrets just very clearly and convincingly written explanations with workouts that drive them home.

    You will have to work to swim fast, but unless you work intelligently, faster times will not come. Sheila makes the path to fsster swim times clear. Simple, intelligent instruction from a proven Olympian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Bug or scam

    Thanks to this book, I dropped ten bucks just to read a sample. It told me nothing about swimming. If this is either a bug or a scam, it is pissing me off. Thanks for being helpful barnes and noble!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Excellent but...

    This book is excellent, it's helped me tremendously for getting ready for my triathlon. Since I'm all about logic, this book does an excellent job of not only pointing out how to improve, but the theroies behind the mechanics. I think i might just use this for my physics and engineering thesis. :-)

    The only downside to the digital version in that half of the pictures seem to be missing. Especially the crucial ones that break down the Pull into step by step diagrams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Grate

    This book is a grat book for me as a 10 year old.Also becase I have a passon for swimming.I am even probibly get a scoler ship for a swimming team!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    NICE BOOK!!!!!!!

    Wow this book is really inspiring, and these tips helped me lead the fastest lane and get gold times in meets for my 50 freestyle!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is totally worth your money! Id love to tell you more but i gotta go lead the fastest lane and set a time for my 200 freestyle! Thanks again!

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