Total Immersion : The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier, Paperback Book

Total Immersion : The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier Paperback

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Even though swimming is the closest thing to a perfect exercise you can name, too few people experience its full benefits.

That's because most find themselves fighting to stay afloat, struggling for air, and feeling exhausted after just a lap or two, all of which makes this perfect exercise frustrating, laborious, and complicated.

For the past fifteen years, veteran swim coach Terry Laughlin has been teaching adults how to swim better - and enjoy it more - by using his simple and original techniques.

Laughlin turns traditional swimming beliefs inside out as he explains that it's technique - not athletic ability - that makes a strong swimmer.

Laughlin teaches 'Fishlike Swimming,' focusing on slipping through the water rather than using muscle to overpower it.

The key is working with the water, not against it - learning to swim ever faster and farther without losing a sense of flow, grace, economy, and balance.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 35 b-w line drawings & line art throughout
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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  • Category: Swimming & diving
  • ISBN: 9780743253437

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Excellent book with clear instructions on drills to do to improve stroke.

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Total Immersion has made a dramatic impact on how I swim. The concepts, and drills were clear and easy to work through without even needing to see it done in person. All the questions I had about swimming from stretching and hydration to distances and form were all answered.

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I am very frustrated with the book; I've been practicing the Drills for several weeks now. I find the exercises very hard to do, it's a struggle to complete a lane (sometimes I give up and walk to the end, because I have been staring at the same tile for a minute) and I am very frustrathed with the TI way of swimming. For me, the drills and exercises just don't come together into a stroke I can swim.

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This book is an ample description of the front crawl stroke (could be a bit longer) together with plea for a greater focus on technique and a lesser focus on endurance training in swimming (could be shorter). The book is written in an informal style.In the technical part, the focus is on a few key aspects that the author considers essential for a good front crawl stroke. It is well explained why these key aspects are considered important. A set of progressive drills is recommended to implement these key aspects. The description of the drills is sometimes a bit unclear, especially since pictures are scarce (you shall buy the associated DVD). Also, the transition from the drills to the complete stroke is quite vague; in particular the book does not contain a detailed description of a complete stroke cycle.The "plea-for-less-exhaustive-training" part contains a few interesting observations, e.g., a comparison of swimming and tennis training.While I like the recommended drills and the unconventional/fresh approach of the author, I also think the book is at times presumptuous since it overstates the value of the drills.

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