In her best-selling book Swim Speed Secrets, 4-time Olympian and gold medalist Sheila Taormina revealed the freestyle swimming technique used by the world’s fastest swimmers. Now in Swim Speed Strokes, Taormina shows swimmers and triathletes how to swim their best in all four swimming strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Using crystal-clear photographs and her engaging, straightforward style, Coach Taormina explains the science behind power and speed in the water, explores the elements common to every stroke, and examines stroke technique in detail in individual stroke chapters.
Swim Speed Strokes features elite swimmers and Olympians, including Peter Vanderkaay, Rebecca Soni, Aaron Peirsol, Rowdy Gaines, Ashley Whitney, Vlad Morozov, Ariana Kukors, Andrew Gemmell, Laura Sogar, Nicolas Fink, Elizabeth Beisel, Doug Reynolds, and Melanie Margalis. Stunning over- and underwater photographs unveil the winning technique that has carried these athletes to the top of their sport. Whether you want to master every stroke or simply improve on your best one, Swim Speed Strokes will get you there and make you the strongest swimmer you can be.
Review by John Leonard:
The Best Teachers in the world use various modalities to deliver information to their students. In this case, the prominent feature that makes this book special, is the EXTRAORDINARY still photos of today’s World Class Swimmers that area presented. The photos are crystal clear, thorough, and presented from angles that reflect the superb knowledge base of the author/teacher.
When I got my copy of this book, I immediately copied photos I liked and distributed them to my team. “What, no videos?” Exactly. NO VIDEOS. Often the best way to get a particular specific teaching point across to an athlete is a STILL photo of a particular stroke point in time. The Swim Speed Strokes book is the best current resource on the market to achieve just that.
This book will add to the coaches knowledge base – and the coaches internalized picture of what the strokes should look like – and it will add the exact same contribution to your athletes.
Well done Sheila!