Swimming Fastest / Edition 1

Swimming Fastest / Edition 1

by Ernest Maglischo
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Human Kinetics Publishers

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Swimming theory has advanced significantly since Dr. Ernest Maglischo wrote Swimming Faster 1982 and Swimming Even Faster 1993. He opens Swimming Fastest with an acknowledgement that his views on propulsion have changed significantly with each successive book. He writes this book in a more personal voice than the 'third person authoritative' style of the previous weighty tome, and I find it much more readable. In the largely rewritten and well-illustrated section on Technique, Maglischo describes his latest beliefs on effective swimming technique. In some cases, he allows for differing techniques or styles of swimming, but general favors one method. Although he generally agrees with the drag-reducing fundamentals and front-quadrant stroke timing of the very popular style coached by Bill Boomer, Emmett Hines and Terry Laughlin and exemplified by the efficient, long-reaching front crawl styles of Alex Popov and Ian Thorpe, he offers much criticism of what he calls "Stretch-Out" swimming, in which he says that the emphasis is on stretching forward too long, and swimming a catch-up style, to increase stroke length rather than speed. His less-revised section on Training includes improved illustrations and sample training routines used by Janet Evans, Susie O'Neill, Brooke Bennett, Kieren Perkins, Mike Barrowman, Alex Popov, Penny Heyns, Tom Dolan and Summer Sanders. It includes the most thorough look at breathing strategies I have ever read. His brief Racing section presents numerous splits of races by the swimmers mentioned above, at various distances and strokes. Essentially, Maglischo has vastly improved what was already the most thorough and highly-regarded book in the field.