Swimming for Exercise: Optimize Your Technique, Fitness and Enjoyment

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A practical guide to swimming for fitness and for enjoyment.

Swimming offers a low-impact cardio workout as well as great resistance training. Swimming for Exercise is a practical and fully illustrated handbook that deals with all aspects of swimming as a fitness discipline. Former Olympian Greg Whyte helps non-swimmers, novice swimmers and experienced swimmers maximize the fitness benefits of their time in the water, improving their health and...

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Overview

A practical guide to swimming for fitness and for enjoyment.

Swimming offers a low-impact cardio workout as well as great resistance training. Swimming for Exercise is a practical and fully illustrated handbook that deals with all aspects of swimming as a fitness discipline. Former Olympian Greg Whyte helps non-swimmers, novice swimmers and experienced swimmers maximize the fitness benefits of their time in the water, improving their health and well-being.

The book covers the four major swimming strokes — front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly — explaining how proper form helps swimmers exercise more efficiently. Whyte describes how to structure a workout to keep it varied and exciting, and he provides complete training programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.

Topics covered include:

  • The benefits of swimming and how to get started
  • Guidance on stroke technique and breathing
  • Structuring and monitoring swimming sessions
  • Diving and flip turns
  • Open-water swimming
  • Land training for strength and endurance
  • The importance of diet and hydration
  • Staying motivated and having fun

Swimming for Exercise provides expert instruction and offers new challenges and inspiration for those who want to improve their swimming skills, those who want to take up the sport for exercise and those who already swim regularly.

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Editorial Reviews

ExpressNightOut.com (Washington Post) - Vicky Hallett
We all know people who refuse to go in the pool when speedy masters swimmers are ticking off laps. This book is for them.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
Swimming is inexpensive and a great way to get a low-impact workout. Greg Whyte, a former Olympian and professor of applied sports and science, has written this illustrated handbook to help everyone from non-swimmers to advanced swimmers get the most out of the sport. He provides training programs for every level of ability and covers everything you need to know about the four main stroke techniques — front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly. He also covers land training to build strength and endurance, and the 130 colour photos make it easy to follow directions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554078226
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,452,216
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Whyte swam in the Olympics in 1992 and in 1998 and was a European and World Championship medalist. He was also a pentathlete (swimming, shooting, fencing, equestrian and running). He is a professor of applied sport and science at John Moores University in Liverpool, England, and is the author of Run for Life and Cycle for Life.

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