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Swim Speed Secrets: For Swimmers and Triathletes

Swim Speed Secrets: For Swimmers and Triathletes

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By (author) Sheila Taormina

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 231mm x 15mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 24 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder
  • ISBN 10: 1934030880
  • ISBN 13: 9781934030882
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: colour photos
  • Sales rank: 33,364

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In "Swim Speed Secrets", 4-time Olympian, gold medallist, 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. Many swimmers and triathletes neglect the pull, distracted by stroke count or perfecting less critical details like body position, streamlining, and roll. "Swim Speed Secrets" focuses on the pull - the most crucial element of swimming - to help triathletes and swimmers overhaul their swim stroke and find the speed that's been eluding them. With a commonsense approach that comes from decades of practice and 15 years of hands-on coaching experience, Taormina explains why the high-elbow underwater pull is the most important part of swimming and how swimmers can transition to this vital technique. She offers the best drills to cultivate a sensitive feel for the water. Her dryland and strength building exercises develop the arm positioning and upper body musculature required to swim faster. She describes what it feels like when swimmers have learned the secret and offers tips that helped her perform at a world-class level for two decades. Sheila Taormina's "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. Sheila Taormina is one of a handful of athletes who have competed in four Olympic games and the only woman in the world to have competed in three distinctly different sports - swimming, triathlon, and modern pentathlon. At just 5' 2" tall, Taormina's exceptional freestyle swim technique helped her win a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and the 2004 ITU triathlon world championship. For 15 years, Taormina has coached elite and age-group swimmers and triathletes to develop the strong underwater pull that propelled her to such athletic success in her racing career. Taormina conducts dozens of swim clinics around the world each year.

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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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"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(R) 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 Unive

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SPORTS/SWIMMING Unlock the secret to faster swimming! 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. Too many swimmers and triathletes neglect the key to speed, distracted by stroke count or perfecting body position or streamlining. Taormina uses simple science and crystal-clear underwater photos of top Olympic athletes, from Johnny Weissmuller to Peter Vanderkaay, to show how the high-elbow underwater pull is the most crucial technique for faster swimming. With a well-honed, 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 power to overhaul their swim stroke and find the speed that's eluded them. "Swim Speed Secrets," an expanded version of Taormina's ground-breaking book "Call the Suit" includes: The best drills to cultivate a more sensitive feel for the waterDry-land and strength-building exercises to develop arm position and upper body musculatureStriking photos of Olympic swimmers in their high-elbow underwater pullClear descriptions of the key elements of the underwater pullTips and secrets that helped Taormina 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.