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The Swimming Triangle: A Holistic Approach to Competitive Swimming [Kindle Edition]

Nick Baker
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The Swimming Triangle: A Holistic Approach to Competitive Swimming is a unique, innovative, and essential guide to achieving superior mental, technical, and physical fitness in one of the world’s greatest sports. Whether you’re a coach or a swimmer, former Olympic coach Nick Baker’s wholly integrated approach can help you maximize your true potential. In this book Coach Baker offers proven, results-oriented methods for gaining— and keeping—a competitive edge, including: • 75 winning mental concepts to use in training and competition • 75 elite-level technical concepts • A complete breakdown of all starts, strokes, turns, and finishes • More than 100 stroke errors to avoid • 100 progressive stroke drills • 30 sample practices for novice-, junior-, and senior-level swimmers • Intensive dry-land training circuits • More than 100 strength and flexibility exercises

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About the Author

Nick Baker has been involved in the great sport of competitive swimming since 1961. He swam competitively for eleven years, coached club for twenty-one years, and has coached swim camps exclusively for the past eighteen years. He started his coaching career in Canada in 1972, then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 1993 to operate a swim camp there. In 1995 Nick published 101 Winning Ways, a motivational book for competitive swimmers. The material for the book came from observing the winning ways of successful swimmers he coached. Nick cofounded the original Peak Performance Swim Camp in 1996. In 2005 he branched out on his own and founded the present-day version. Since then Nick has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, conducting his holistic camps and clinics. Past international locations include: Antigua, Aruba, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Curacao, England, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, and Venezuela. Past US locations include: Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Peak Performance Swim Camp currently offers more than two dozen swim camps and clinics annually including clinics for triathletes and master swimmers. More than 800 swimmers from over 30 countries participated in 2011. Private coaching as well as start, stroke, and turn video analysis are also available throughout the year. In 2007 Nick formed a dynamic partnership with US Sports/ Nike Camps, America’s largest sports camp network and official operator of Nike Sports Camps worldwide. Over the past thirty-nine years Nick has coached swimmers of all ages and abilities, including Olympic finalists, Olympic trial qualifiers, NCAA champions, senior national champions, junior national champions, state champions, national qualifiers, junior national qualifiers, zone champions, and junior Olympic champions. In 1992 one of Nick’s former swimmers, Lisa Flood, qualified for the 1992 Canadian Olympic team in the 100 BR, placing fourteenth overall. Nick attended the Olympics with Lisa as her personal coach. Nick has been a featured writer in Swimming World magazine and presented at numerous coaching clinics throughout the world. He also acts as a consultant to various swim teams including the Greenwich YMCA in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Positive Swimming (8 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PCK3PG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice and words from an experienced coach. 14 April 2013
By Ang
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I have been considering taking my children on a swim camp run by Nick Baker so thought I would buy this book first.
Nick Baker is clearly a very experienced coach who understands children and their development as swimmers.
He talks about the young Age Group swimmers who are superstars at 11yrs but then stop swimming age 14-16yrs as they are no longer winning medals. Better to progress slowly but steadily and stay with it for the long term.
Nick Baker talks about the holistic approach that is required and that land training is as important as the swimming. However the need for swimming technique to be correct is of paramount importance.
A great book which should be a compulsory read for all coaches, especially for those who choose their 'superstars' aged 11yrs only to wonder why they are burned out and give up aged 13/14yrs!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 7 Mar. 2013
By Adam
Amazing book for coaching competitive swimmers, giving a great reference in three parts: mental, technical , and physical conditioning.
the mental coaching is also great for any coaching, for parenting and choosing the positive way in life.
The drills and techniques are very professional.
i think every swimming coach should read this book.
Although he never met him, my son now dreams of going to Nick Baker's course.
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Just downloaded this book to my IPad on the advice of a friend..It is brilliant, it is a must have for any serious swimmer and is very easy to read and written in a great way, I have only read the first chapter, but it is very informative and my daughters who swim have been inspired, and would love to meet Nick Baker..
I know a lot of coaches who would benefit from reading this book too..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 27 Jun. 2013
By MARK OLIVA - Published on
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This book is a blessing to the swim parents because it has all the swim technique guide on how your swimmer can swim fast and prevent injury from wrong technique. This is the best and exeptional instructional swim book that all parents must have.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 29 Nov. 2012
By RobD - Published on
If you are looking to improve your swimmers skills this is the book for you! The triangle pulls all the information together to create success in this popular sport. A must for any coach or swimmer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing some important elements 18 Nov. 2013
By Christopher See - Published on
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As mentioned by others, there is no table of contents. Didn't really seem like a big deal, but, in the Kindle version, having a table of contents would be very helpful - especially since the author continually references other parts of the book. It takes a long time to find something when you literally have to go page by page.

And, for a book that puts a big emphasis on technical proficiency, having images would be a big help. You can explain things all you want, but when some of those explanations contradict, having pictures would help to clarify what is meant. For example, when looking at the 5 lines of the body, it is noted that hand entry is at the shoulder line. Then later, the author says that the hand enters the water in front of the shoulder. Images might help clarify where the author thinks the hands should actually enter the water. If you are a less experienced coach, you may not have a good idea of many of the things the author describes.

Most, if not all, of the content in the book is available at the book's website. I feel like a chump for paying for the information, when I could have just read it online. The website could add value by having videos of many of the topics covered. Instead, the author tells the reader to find their own videos that show proper technique. Call me crazy, but if the reader doesn't know the proper technique, it is possible for them to select videos of improper technique.

For someone new to coaching swimming, this book could be confusing and incomplete. For someone with experience coaching swimming, they probably know most of the concepts, whether they agree with all of his teachings or not.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! The Swimming Triangle transends swimming to any competitive situation. 13 Mar. 2013
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Coach Baker has written a true gem. His holistic approach to Competitive Swimming could be applied to any sport. The importance of mental training is overlooked at all levels of sport, and his Mental Conditioning chapter has addressed many stumbling blocks that can be overcome with straight forward thought and introspection. The information presented in the technical section is cutting edge. He has many effective ways that are easy to coach, and easy to remember and implement by swimmers of all ability levels. I truly believe that any novice coach could successfully coach a team by just following this book. Parents of swimmers should also be interested in this book because it could fill in any gaps that are not currently being addressed by their coaches. In competitive swimming being the fastest is king, but the life skills outlined in the book go far beyond the pool, to being great at whatever you choose to do in life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - a swim coach that gets it! 1 May 2013
By Cathy Johnson - Published on
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I really appreciate Coach Baker's holistic approach to swimming. The Swimming Triangle discusses the physical, technical and mental sides of swimming. My daughter is an age group swimmer who spent hours and hours in the pool but was seeing limited results. Reading this book and attending one of Coach Baker's clinics has helped her to refocus and start to build a more balanced approach to swimming. She is no longer focused on just the yardage, but on technique and mental preparation. While reading the book, I especially enjoyed Coach Baker's common sense approach and use of analogies. This book is a must read for swimmers, coaches and parents who feel like they are missing a piece of the swimming puzzle.
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