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Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes

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Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes

Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers

By Sheila Taormina

VeloPress, Paperback, 9781934030882, 177pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Description

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.

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 two common elements: high stroke rate and 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 producing power 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 years of hands-on coaching experience, Taormina shows swimmers how to transition to faster swimming. "Swim Speed Secrets"includes: The best drills to cultivate a more sensitive feel for the waterDryland and strength building exercises to develop arm position and upper body musculatureCrisp photos of Olympic swimmers and variations in their high-elbow underwater pullClear descriptions of the key moments of the underwater pullTips 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.



About the Author
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.


Praise For Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes

"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

"[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® World Champion

"[Sheila's book] clearly defines the rationale and science behind generating power during the freestyle stroke….Finally, here's a book that provides an invaluable resource for aspiring swimmers and coaches." — Dave Scott, 6-time Ironman® World Champion

"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 University of Georgia swim team

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