Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier

Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier

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Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier by Terry Laughlin

Swim better—and enjoy every lap—with Total Immersion, a guide to improving your swimming from an expert with more than thirty years of experience in the water.

Terry Laughlin, the world’s #1 authority on swimming success, has made his unique approach even easier for anyone to master. Whether you’re an accomplished swimmer or have always found swimming to be a struggle, Total Immersion will show you that it’s mindful fluid movement—not athletic ability—that will turn you into an efficient swimmer. This new edition of the bestselling Total Immersion features:

-A thoughtfully choreographed series of skill drills—practiced in the mindful spirit of yoga—that can help anyone swim more enjoyably

-A holistic approach to becoming one with the water and to developing a swimming style that’s always comfortable

-Simple but thorough guidance on how to improve fitness and form

-A complementary land-and-water program for achieving a strong and supple body at any age

Based on more than thirty years of teaching, coaching, and research, Total Immersion has dramatically improved the physical and mental experience of swimming for thousands of people of all ages and abilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743253437
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 05/18/2004
Edition description: Revised & Updated Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 180,007
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Terry Laughlin is the founder of Total Immersion Swimming ( He teaches swimming all over the world and lives in New Paltz, New York.

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Total Immersion 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big swimmer, but I heard so much about this book that I had to check it out- and I'm glad I did. This book will save a lot of people who are trying to learn to swim better a lot of time. Here's why:

-the book concentrates on swimming technique, correct position, and how you're suppose to feel in the water
-the book gives you drills to reinforce the most efficient way to swim
-the book is very scientific and the info is based on hydrodynamics

The book covers a lot of ground, but the authors writing style makes is go by quickly (at least it did for me). The pictures were good and I thought the explanations of the techniques and the "why" behind them was very understandable. Not sure about the rotator cuff routine in Chapter 16 though- it's kinda long and I'm not sure if some of the exercises like the reverse biceps curl is really necessary (rec. Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for swimmers who have shoulder issues).

In conclusion, I found the book very enlightening and recommend it to anyone (young OR old) who wants to learn how to swim more efficiently by learning the correct swimming techniques. The author obviously loves swimming and has brought all his years of experience and research into one handy resource.
TheRavenCT More than 1 year ago
As an engineer, I wouldn't say that this book is very scientific. It reminds me a lot of the dean of athletics during undergrad. There's a lot of great information, and it's usually to the point, but it repeats itself over and over and is full of anecdotes to continue repeating points over and over. That said, I really enjoyed the message of this book: swimming can be effortless. I like that Terry encourages everyone to just swim. It's not about the perfectionist metrics as much as getting in the pool and patiently going through the steps. By committing to perfecting your stroke and increasing your skill, you can safely achieving whatever goal (time, distance, health) you have. I thought the illustrations were very helpful, and the drill instructions were well communicated. The structure of the drills and their progression could have been better communicated and more consistent, but that's nit-picking. For $14, I wish the book addressed butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke. Apparently, I wanted "Swimming Made Easy." But I bought "There's a Drill for That" as a companion to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a miracle!! You will learn all what you need for freestyle cut in so little pieces, so simple to do that finally you will really improve your freestyle. Everything is so simple to do, so clearly explain, so rapidly improved.... this is the truth, nobody told you before. It might have 5 stars, but it has only 4 stars because, Terry Laughlin the author wrote two orther wonderful books : 'Swimming made easy' (teachs freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke),and triathlon swimming made easy' ( open wter swimming and technical tips for triathlon) which are better because he imporved his teaching and his methods. However, I think that 'Total swimming' should always be red first because it is the simplest to understand completly his technique Happy laps.'Total immersion' technique is the best !!!! Fred
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written in an easy to read manner, and following the outlined training points in each chapter has improved my swimming and my enjoyment of swimming. Once each new skill clicks, I really understood why the chapters were written one by one. The only improvement would be a removable guide for each skill that you could take to the pool with you. A great book, with real guidance that works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best swim stroke books in the market! The authors explain the logical physics of swimming in clear, understandable language. The applications took practice but were fairly easy and very rewarding, helping my speed, which had plateaued.
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