READS Swim Speed Se­crets, 2nd Edi­tion 57

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - DEPARTMENT - By Sheila Taormina


AS IM­PROV­ING IN the wa­ter tends to be a big pri­or­ity for many triath­letes, Swim Speed Se­crets is the book any triath­lete will want to pick up this sum­mer. The sec­ond edi­tion of the best-sell­ing book by four-time Olympian, gold medal­ist and triathlon world cham­pion Shiela Taormina gives read­ers a de­tailed look at the swim tech­nique used by the world’s fastest swim­mers. Taormina’s guid­ance is clear and eas­ily un­der­stood so any swim­mer, or triath­lete, can learn and mas­ter the fastest way to swim.

Taormina brings years of ex­pe­ri­ence and study­ing the worlds best swim­mers, such as Johnny Weiss­muller and Michael Phelps, to her ob­ser­va­tions of what makes the fastest freestyle stroke. Her con­clu­sions: high stroke rate and a high-el­bow un­der­wa­ter pull are key. There are eight chap­ters on the specifics of stroke devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing propul­sion, the pull and use­ful drills and ex­er­cises are laid out in the book. There’s also in­put from spe­cial­ists and ex­perts and all of this is ef­fec­tively il­lus­trated with help­ful di­a­grams and fig­ures. Triath­letes can work through the lessons one chap­ter at a time at the pool and work on per­fect­ing the specifics of each phase of freestyle through­out the course of their sea­son.

Fea­tur­ing four com­pletely new speed se­crets, new drills and an all-new chap­ter, this sec­ond edi­tion of Swim Speed Se­crets of­fers Taormina’s es­sen­tial guid­ance and new dis­cov­er­ies that will be use­ful for all swim­mers, triath­letes and coaches.—CD

Lake Cha­parral


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