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Swim Speed Secrets : For Swimmers and Triathletes

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 180.34 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 453.59g
  • VELOPRESS
  • Boulder, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • colour photos
  • 1934030880
  • 9781934030882
  • 45,172

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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.

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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"Freestyle gone funky on you? Stuck in a rut where you can't seem to get faster? "Swim Speed Secrets" could be the cure for the freestyle blues. Master swimmers and coaches at every level can learn something from this book" Both the book and [the "Swim Speed Workouts"] training program are outstanding." -- USMS Swimmer magazine"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"Sheila Taormina's ideas on swimming have influenced me and my swim coaching more than anyone else. Her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm are unmatched. Her book is the best resource out there to help all different types of athletes improve their swim." -- Siri Lindley, ITU Triathlon World Champion and coach to triathlon world champions and Olympic medalists"Sheila's book "Swim Speed Secrets" is the best swim manual--PERIOD!" -- Ashley Whitney, Olympic gold medalist"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"["Swim Speed Secrets"] is a ripper! [It was] 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.com"Sheila possesses a great depth of knowledge and passion about swimming that she has often shared with me and many other athletes. Her new book will be a very useful tool to anyone who wants to improve their performance in the water." -- Leanda Cave, ITU Triathlon World Champion and ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Champion"As a lifelong coach, the four-time Olympian shares what she's learned with clarity and authority, explaining all of the small details that go into mastering freestyle." -- LAVA magazine"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"While I've spent the last few years training under a fantastic coach, there were still some key elements that didn't 'click' until I read ["Swim Speed Secrets"]. Having been on a plateau for some time, my swim has improved immensely within a few weeks." -- TriEdge.net"

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About Sheila Taormina

Sheila Taormina is a 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, triathlon world champion, and swimming coach. She 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 the unswimmerlike height of just 5' 2," Taormina refined her exceptional freestyle swim technique to 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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