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Steven Munatones
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4 Sep 2011
Swim faster, stronger and more efficiently! Whether you are a dedicated open water swimmer or a triathlete looking to conquer the sport's most challenging event, "Open Water Swimming" is your complete guide to improving your performance and decreasing your time. From the art of efficient pack swimming to the best dryland and pool workouts for improving endurance, strength and power, "Open Water Swimming" covers it all. Read it, refer to it and rely on it for improved results and faster times.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (4 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736092846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736092845
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 18 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steven Munatones is a former professional marathon swimmer and a renowned coach and served as the US national team coach. In addition, he serves as editor in chief of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming and created the Open Water Swimming Dictionary.

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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 13 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
Steve Munatones is an world renowned expert in open water swimming and it comes through in this book. There's loads of helpful advice, tips and general knowledge of open water races around the world. I wish there would of been a bigger chapter on freestyle stroke with lots of pictures illustrating good and bad technique but apart from that I would highly recommend it.
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By BvdR
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For those with a swimming background and/or access to pool-based or open-water swim coaching, this book is great. If you're not in one of those categories, this book will still be a great source of info, but you'd need to supplement it with additional material and/or expertise from other sources.

That's because the book is a little thin in its discussion of how how a swimmer can put together a sensible, interesting training programme. The book presents a few sample sets that people may swim, taken from training sessions performed by world-class swimmers, and a few sets for specific purposes. It also outlines a very rough 12-month programme for a 25K-marathon swim, showing a suggested mileage and time spent in open water, acclimatising to the cold. That's all useful, but information suggesting how the intermediate swimmer would bring some periodisation into the preparation for a season, what a typical week might look like, and how the self-coached swimmer would gradually increase distance or intensity over a series of weeks and months, is not provided.

In summary, I share with various other reviewers the opinion that this is a valuable book. However, swimmers would do well to pick an additional book with suggestions for training progams, or indeed they'd need access to a coach, join a swim team, or already have a solid understanding of how you prepare for various distances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All learning 13 April 2014
By jg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant. Chapter by chapter detailing the knowledge and skills required for the open water swimmer. A great reference book to have. Thanks Steven
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