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Swimming Anatomy: Your Illustrated Guide for Swimming Strength, Speed and Endurance [Paperback]

Ian McLeod
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1 April 2010
This new addition to the "Anatomy" series will show the reader how to improve their performance by increasing muscle strength and optimising the efficiency of every stroke. "Swimming Anatomy" includes 74 of the most effective swimming exercises, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-colour anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles in action. This book goes beyond exercises by placing the reader on the starting block, in the water and into the throes of competition. Illustrations of the active muscles for starts, turns and the four competitive strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke) shows how each exercise is fundamentally linked to swimming performance. The swimmer will also learn how exercises can be modified to target specific areas, improve form in the water and minimise common swimming injuries. Best of all, how to put it all together to develop a training programme based on individual needs and goals. Whether training for a 50-metre freestyle race or the open-water stage of a triathlon, "Swimming Anatomy" will ensure the reader enters the water prepared to achieve every performance goal.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 Original edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736075712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736075718
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 17.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian McLeod is a licensed athletic trainer and certified massage therapist. At Arizona State University in Mesa, he provided athletic training and massage services to their swimming and diving teams. He also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, teaching a course on sports injury rehabilitation. He is deeply involved with USA Swimming's High Performance Network, a group of health professional volunteers who support US swimmers at national and international meets.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential addition to a swimmers library 17 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I have ordered many books on fitness and have never before been moved to write a review. I finally hit the jackpot and made an excellent choice in ordering this book! It makes for a great read, right off the bat. Most important is how the author clearly explains how each excercise is linked to what the swimmer will want to call upon once in the water. The drawings are very effective in conveying a better understanding of what muscles we should be targetting. The emphasis on the right technique is brilliant.
I am amazed not more people have written a glowing review.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple exercises to make you a better swimmer 26 April 2010
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I'm a Masters swimmer and have been out of the water for some time. I bought this book to "fast track" myself back into fitness. I think it is fair to say that the book contains _no_ new exercises; however what the book does, and does *really well*, is show you why an exercise is good for certain parts of your swim stroke.

Having read it end-to-end in a couple of hours I produced a couple of strength training regimes to work through. I would recommend this book to pretty much any swimmer who wants to do something to complement their pool training.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of it's kind ever 3 Sep 2010
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As a swimming coach I quite often find it difficult to explain to younger swimmers how they should use the larger muscles of their body to move their arms and legs while swimming. This book does it for me. The illustrations are excellent and even the youngest of swimmer can get the picture when you use this book to assist in explaining where the power should come from.

I have re-structured the land training programmes for all my senior swimmers using this book and they are all showing major improvement in their competition performances and training sessions.

Whether you are a swimmer, coach or general fitness enthusiast, buy this book and reap the benifits today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant book! 20 Jan 2010
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This a great book. It shows cutaway diagrams for different parts of strokes, starts and turns. It also suggests exercises to strengthen these areas.

I found it useful as I find it difficult to visualise how the muscles are working during swimming, and it's something I'd never quite got my head around until now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this book! 15 Mar 2011
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This book has not left my side since i got it a few weeks ago. It covers so many exercises specific to swimming, explaining which part of the stroke and which muscles are being targeted. The illustrations are exceptional and the layout really easy to work through. My times have already improved since changing my land training exercises to incorporate some of these as i have been able to work on specific muscles in the weak areas of my stroke. What more can you ask?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 25 Jan 2011
By Beniboy
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If you are looking to create a exercise program that will help condition you for swimming this gives you more than enough information to do it. I totally agree with the other reviewers on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars swimming anatomy 6 Oct 2013
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Just what was needed to upgrade the training schedules for the swimmers and water polo players I coach at my local club
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for serious swimmers 5 April 2013
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Good book for swimmers and coaches, excellent understanding of body anatomy and which muscle groups work together to improve performance
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
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Published 6 days ago by J. Zdanowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if not a little technical
Great book if not a little technical, but it helps to focus how and what muscles to train for maximum benefit in the water. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear pictures and information and I think it will become more...
Purchased to help a young competitive swimmer understand his body in relation to swimming. Very clear pictures and information and I think it will become more and more useful as he... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MT
5.0 out of 5 stars Training Aid
Interesting read, easy to understand and a good additional training tool
Published 1 month ago by Momma PJK
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Very informative with great pictures leaving no doubt on which muscles you're working! Nice item and happy with this product but I won't be ordering again because without European... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational
Excellent book to help young swimmers control their bodies and stay healthy.Would recommend to all swimmers and their parents/guardians.Children need some guidance and this is it.
Published 6 months ago by Mirjana Petakovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It was great, a very thorough detailing of the human body and exercises for swimmers for all parts of the body. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nick Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I rate this book highly. In the main section (all chapters after the first) it has detailed descriptions and images of exercises for the major muscle groups involved in the four... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Henry C. Archibald
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I am happy with that book as useful tool for coaching swimming to learning some jargons :D
I recommend everybody to buy this
Buy now
Published 17 months ago by Aleksandra Postawa-Husar
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