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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 2 edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736074570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736074575
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Finally, someone has written a book about swimming that makes sense. Emmett's ability to explain swimming concepts in an understandable way is unparalleled. This book will open up the eyes of any fitness swimmer, from novice to ex-Olympian." Troy DalbeyHead Masters Coach, The Phoenix Swim ClubDouble Gold Medalist, 1988 OlympicsFormer World Record Holder Fitness Swimming "is filled with sound, practical advice on how to swim faster and easier and is informed by Emmett Hines' elegant writing and wonderful, down-home sense of humor. A must read for serious masters and fitness swimmers." Phillip Whitten, PhDEditor-in-Chief, "Swimming World" and "SWIM"Author, "The Complete Book of Swimming" "A must read for any self-coached swimmer. The discussions of cardiovascular fitness and stroke technique combined with Coach Hines' rainbow' of workouts will almost guarantee improvement in swimming efficiency and fitness." Mo ChambersHead Coach, Mountain View MastersUnited States Masters Swimming Coach of the Year (1996) "Coach Emmett Hines has created an invaluable tool for improvement-minded swimmers." Fitness Swimming "is the first book I have seen that perfectly complements the" Total Immersion "book and method by providing sensible and friendly guidance on how to build fitness and stroke efficiency in a seamless combination." Terry LaughlinDirector, Total Immersion SwimmingAuthor, "Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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60 Workouts to Build Skills and Conditioning!
Fitness Swimming is a technique oriented book that details a series of drills to help the reader build a very efficient freestyle stroke from scratch. The core of the book is 60 graduated workouts that incorporate drilling and swimming in a cohesive and comprehensive manner to improve your conditioning for swimming highly effective freestyle. The whole emphasis is on teaching you how to AVOID resistance rather than just helping you get better at OVERCOMING resistance - i.e. work SMARTER, not HARDER. Lots of photos and illustrations as well as a variety of progress tracking charts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 1999
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At age 35 I am back to swiming after 20 years of absence... meanwhile training and technique issues seem to come from a different universe. Wishing to realize my childhood-dreams of participating in a "big meet" like European or World Masters Championships this book helped me tremendeously to learn how to swim more intelligently. Hines helps you to precisely judge your ability level first(test swims). Then you learn everything you need to know about swimming freestyle efficiently in theory and practically (drills are gradually built into swimming). Just to give you an example : in a few months I managed to lower my stroke counts from 16/25m to 9/25m swimming slow; I sprinted the 50m free in 31.5sec. taking 40 strokes and now I swim the same distance in 26.12sec. taking 34 strokes. As you conquer each of the six coloured zones Hines provides you with specific focus points, mental images and suggests games like SGolf (counting strokes, adding your time and eventually your heart rate to determine your score)to make each workout different and challenging. Entering yellow to red zones you learn how to build a solid aerobic base before you get to more stressful lactate endurance and lactate tolerance work always continuing to improve you technique at the same time. To me this seems to be the perfect mixture if you want to compete or just explore your personal limits.You will find detailed sample plans for the whole season explaining what you need to do when in order to perform at your best - I am looking forward to the Nationals!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 1999
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There's an old saying about paradigms--"If you continue to do what you've always done, you'll continue to get what you've always got." I have been a "triathlete" for the past ten years. Well, at least that's what I told people. Trouble was, I couldn't swim the length of a 25-yard pool. However, every year I was determined to learn how to swim and finally become a "real triathlete." And every year I continued to give up after struggling to do it on my own. Finally, two months ago I was fortunate enough to attend a "Total Immersion" workshop which was coached by Emmett Hines. I couldn't believe it when the first thing he said he wanted me to do was swim the length of the pool, let alone the fact that he was going to videotape it. I skipped the warm-up laps everyone else was doing just so I could have enough energy to swim the entire twenty-five yards! Well, when my turn came, I took a big deep breath and swam to the other side...barely. Next came the fun (ha-ha) part--evaluating the video. The way Emmett was talking about the others, who were mostly experienced swimmers, I hoped he forgot to turn the camera on for my turn. But then this swimmer came on the monitor who made me start laughing...yeah, it was me. It took me 21 strokes to swim the length of the pool. Although I prayed that Emmett would just give me a book to read and I would learn to swim by the end of weekend, I found out we were actually going to have to swim in the pool! We began in the classroom, where Emmett instructed us on proper "fishlike-swimming" before we returned to the pool to practice the techniques. I found out after I bought "Fitness Swimming" the next day that everything Emmett taught came right from his book.Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 2001
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Published over a decade ago (with pictures to prove it), half of this book consists of detailed workouts that are impractical to take to the poolside. With some chapters stating the obvious (equipment - you need a swimsuit...) I was beginning to loose my patience with the content, and the authors so discribed 'down to earth humour'. However, the Chapter 'Swimming the Right Way' makes this book cheap at twice the price. I followed the drills studiously, and it improved the way the way I swim tremedously.
My rating of 4 stars is based on 5 for that chapter, and 1 for the remainder.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1999
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I am a 30 year old finance manager who used to swim for more than 20 years especially in freestyle.I learned swimming in a swimming school when I was a child and I also read some books to swim better, but all of these books did not add anything to my swimming efficiency. After reading 'Fitness Swimming' I realised that there is a concept called 'efficient swimming'. I started the excersises in Jan.1999 and I am still working on the skill drills to improve my technique.Within 5 months my strokes per length reduced by 25% without slowing down the pace. I strongly recommend this book to everyone who want to learn swimming or improve freestyle technique.I want to thank the coach to give me hundreds of valuable lessons free at charge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JA Foxton on 8 Aug. 2006
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Although it should be clear already, it is worth saying that this book only covers freestyle. For anyone wanting to swim freestyle better then this book is highly recommended. The drills (which are derived from the Total Immersion system) are clearly presented. The bonus is that Emmett Hines has then integrated them into a large number of graded programs to work through. I typed these out and took them in a zip-lock sandwich bag to the pool. The result was 6-8 months of varied, interesting and challenging routines.

My only other advice would be to invest in a pair of fist-gloves. Removing these after swimming for 15-30 minutes with them on was a revelation.

Without a doubt this has been the most useful book on swimming which I have read - though the really keen should consult Maglischo's 'Swimming Fastest' too!
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