Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes: Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers (Paperback)

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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.

    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 Secretsincludes:

    • The best drills to cultivate a more sensitive feel for the water
    • Dryland and strength building exercises to develop arm position and upper body musculature
    • Crisp photos of Olympic swimmers and variations in their high-elbow underwater pull
    • Clear descriptions of the key moments of the underwater pull
    • 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.

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    ISBN 9781934030882
    Genre SPORTS & RECREATION / Triathlon
    Format Paperback
    Pages 177
    Publisher Date 2012-05-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Velopress
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 6.75 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.1 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Taormina, Sheila
    Country of Origin United States

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