Swim Speed Secrets: Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers (Swim Speed Series)
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...more
Before talking about the book I will give you some background on myself so you can understand where I am coming from. I was a competitive swimmer when I was a teenager, between the ages of twelve and sixteen, then got bored and stopped for 20 years and only occasionally would I get back in the pool for a few months at a time. A couple of years ago I decided to get in shape, so I started swimming again and got into triathlons. My swimming technique was decent, but I ...more
I've been a long time admirer of Taormina's since she first made the Olympic team in 1996. She's my age, so that achievement, at the age of 27, and then that she made three more Olympic teams after that, in two more sports, helped instill in me, maybe foolishly, that anything is possible. Which goes back to that ...more
There are only two ways to get faster in swimming: take fewer strokes (more propulsion) and turn over strokes more quickly.
Increasing propulsion is more important that reducing resistance from drag. The key factors to increasing propulsion are:
The 80-20 rule (Pareto principle) is applicable to freestyle swimming: a few critical elements of swim technique determines a large part of the result. This book focuses arm pull (high elbow position in particular), the most "vital element" of freestyle technique.
Suggestion on how to use this book?
Read until Chapter 4. Then, study every photos in Chapter 5 and 6 carefully. Check out Sheila's youtube playlist. Finally, read the Epilogue and Appendix B.
How do I like it?
- I hear ...more