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Transform your technique and become a better swimmer with this remarkable new approach to freestyle swimming. Written for both fitness and competitive swimmers, Swim Smooth contains the latest breakthroughs in swimming to help you radically improve your speed, enjoyment, and success. Hundreds of full-color photographs and three-dimensional graphics help you put theory into practice while detailed advice offers help for intermediate, advanced, and elite swimmers alike. The book's approach lets you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your stroke and drills and training tips let you make the most of your time in the water. Swim Efficiently. Swim Fast. Swim Smooth.


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  • Broché: 332 pages
  • Editeur : Fernhurst Books Ltd. (15 juin 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1119963192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119963196
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,7 x 1,6 x 25,4 cm
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5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par cymcym13 sur 10 décembre 2012
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Cet ouvrage est vraiment excellent : photos de qualités, texte clair. Les causes et conséquences des défauts sont bien expliqués.
Il faut franchir la barrière de la langue(Anglais débutant s'abstenir ...) mais je n'ai pas trouvé équivallent en Français.
La prise en compte de la morphologie du nageur est intéressante. Les idées pré-concues sont écartées et commentées : pas d'utilisation de la planche , utilisation des palmes,
Il est adapté à tous les niveaux.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par ninor sur 13 août 2013
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livre en anglais
donne énormément d'explications sur le pourquoi et le comment
destiné plutôt au triathlète et aux nageur crawl de longue distance
un excellent livre avec beaucoup de photos.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par M. J. Detourmignies sur 15 mars 2013
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Plus intéressant que le DVD qui cible les débutants qui ne nagent pas ou craignent l'eau.

En anglais mais clair, précis, structuré et progressif.

Un peu orienté gadget de natation, mais ça m'a plutôt bien servi.

A des points communs avec la méthode Total-Immersion.
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Par Laurent Brochet sur 6 novembre 2014
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You need to understand freestyle? you will find all the answers and how to improve your style in this book
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26 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The most comprehensive and applicable book on swimming ever written 9 août 2012
Par Matthew A. Russell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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At the age of 29.5 years old, I decided that I wanted to learn how to swim with the goal of participating in triathlons, so I'm writing this review from the standpoint of someone completely new to the sport. I had very little experience in the water my entire life (although I've always been in pretty good shape and participated in a variety of land-based sports), could do little more than fight my way across the pool to the other side, and looking back, I grossly underestimated the effort that would be involved in becoming a "good swimmer", largely because it has taken me a really long time to become truly relaxed in the water. Over 18 months later, I'm still "learning how to swim" but have made substantial progress (currently swimming at around 1:50 per 100 and trending even lower, which is terrific for me), largely thanks to the Swim Smooth website and the tremendous work that Paul Newsome and Adam Young have put into it taking such a slippery topic and breaking it down into a relatively simple science that's consumable by the masses. (To be clear, that's somewhere around 500 "career" swimming hours over 18 months, which works out to be around an hour a day on average and seems like a lot...except that there are 6 year olds out there with more career swimming hours than I have accrued, which is quite humbling.)

Having extensively reviewed the material on the website, followed the blog, and kept up with everything that Swim Smooth has to offer for over 18 months (including premium products like the Mr. Smooth Enthusiast Edition console, the Catch Master Class DVD, the swim type guides, and products such as the wetronome), I was delighted to see all of the written material immaculately distilled and expanded into what I consider to be a truly definitive reference on swimming -- so excited, in fact, that I purchased a copy of the book directly from Swim Smooth the moment it was available and paid the hefty international shipping for it. I read it almost entirely in one sitting and have reviewed/referenced portions of it almost every day since I purchased it because I'm in the somewhat unfortunate situation of having to "coach myself" since I live in an area where good swim coaches (which I define as being mostly inline with the Swim Smooth philosophies from a technical standpoint) are very hard to come by even if you're willing to pay the premium to get them on your schedule. Fortunately, the book includes a full chapter on exactly this situation and provides some tips on how to go about conducting your very own video analysis session (both above and below the surface of the water)...and believe me, if you think that you know what you're doing in the water, you will be very surprised once you see a video of yourself and start to break it down frame by frame. If there's one single recommendation I could make to anyone looking to improve their stroke, it would be to conduct some video analysis in conjunction with the guidelines laid out in this book.

It's true (and hopefully obvious) that you can't learn to swim by reading a book anymore than you can learn to perform in any other sport by reading a book about it; however, I feel very strongly that regardless of your experience level, you can't SWIM WELL without the knowledge that Swim Smooth has consolidated on its website and curated into this amazing book...and based on what I've observed, you probably haven't stumbled across all of the essential elements that they've put together in this book by sheer good luck, coaching advice, or intuition. Based on so much outdated/incorrect information about swimming techniques on web forums, youtube, and elsewhere, you won't be able to search to find the most accurate information that you'll you need to be successful, so go ahead and do yourself a favor and just bookmark the website and sign up for the weekly blog post notification. If you do, I can almost guarantee that you'll end up purchasing this book, because you'll quickly become captivated by the thoughtful approach that's been put into breaking it all down into a science that you can take pieces of with you to the pool, apply, and start to notice the results after a few sessions.

A lot of the Swim Smooth philosophy involves diagnosing "cause and and effect" situations based on real statistical analysis of hundreds (if not thousands) of swimmers. For example, Paul and Adam observe that around 70% of swimmers have a crossover in their stroke (where the hand out front crosses over the center line of the body), which is a sure recipe for triggering a scissor kick. So, work on fixing the crossover, and the scissor kick may very well take care of itself. Having a well-formed decision tree of sorts to work through as you examine your own stroke is really helpful, because it enables you to focus on issues in a systematic manner. That said, there are lots of great tips and diagnostics for improving body rotation, horizontal body position in the water, breathing, kicking, and many other aspects of your stroke, but some of the most valuable information is about your "catch and pull through" -- the part of your stroke that generates between 85% to 100% of your propulsion (again, based on real statistics) in the water, depending on how effective your kick is.

Are you having trouble breathing in the water? Do you have sinky legs? Do you only breathe to one side? Should your thumb or fingertips enter the water first? These and many, many more questions are answered in the book. In fact, when you're done reading the book, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll know more about swimming than you are able to put in practice the next time you go to the pool...and that's a good position to be in so long as you follow the book's advice and systematically work through the techniques.

Another tremendous aspect of the book (and Swim Smooth in general) is its notion of swim types -- the idea that there are certain archetypes that swimmers generally fit into -- that you can read about on the website. For example, I started as an "Arnie", progressed into an "Overglider" and am currently working on becoming a "Smooth" (although something tells me I might end up being a "Swinger" before it's all over with.) If you are getting coaching advice that suggests there is only one proper way to do any particular part of the stroke (head position, tempo, kick rhythm, or anything else), you should treat it as suspect and see if you don't find some wisdom in identifying yourself to one of the swim types outlined in this book.

As you can probably tell by this point, I simply can't endorse this book enough (and to be clear about something, I have no affiliation whatsoever with Swim Smooth.) It's one of the most amazing resources I think you'll find anywhere, and by far, one of the most useful books I've ever come across in terms of personal satisfaction and benefit that it's provided me. If I were to make only one additional suggestion, it would be to purchase the "Catch Master Class" DVD from Swim Smooth. Although the book is chock full of really great color photo illustrations, the Catch Master Class DVD is a systematic breakdown of much of the material in the book in a video form, including a lot of high definition underwater footage that you will find indispensable.

Best of luck in your swimming endeavors, and I hope you learn to swim smooth!
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Ahead of the game 10 juillet 2012
Par David Kaufman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is very easy to understand, well written and on the cutting edge of swimming. I have read many books on the subject of swimming and most try to get you to swim in one particular way. This is the first book that I have seen that encourages you to swim in the fashion that works best for you depending on a few factors such as body type, the particular distance that you are doing, and whether you are swimming in a pool or open water.
I could not put it down and I think that it will be a best seller among swimmers, triathletes and their coaches. It is a must read! But the best part was that I was able to get it instantly for $9.99 on my kindle instead of pre-ordering for $19.37.
One thing that should be edited is that on the kindle edition it is hard to read some of the captions on one or two pages.
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Excellent for the self-coached swimmer 20 juillet 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is an excellent book! I have this book on Kindle and find it to be invaluable. It's very well written, very insightful, and the authors do an excellent job of getting the point across regardless of your experience level swimming.

Even though the title mentions coaching system, this book is a really good reference/instruction guide for swimmers of any level and anybody that's looking to improve for swim skills for pool or open water. Lots of well done illustrations and clearly written.

I have been a big fan of the swim smooth approach to swimming. I think this is one of their best efforts yet. Highly recommend this book to swimmers and/or triathletes.
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Best swim book ever written 21 juin 2013
Par GearLover - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A fantastic book; beautifully written and illustrated; great explanations; great drills. A wonderful resource for swimmers at any level who are committed to get better.
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Best modern freestyle swim book 29 août 2013
Par testmaster - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a recreational swimmer who tried to relearn to swim better back in 1998 from Terry Laughlin's book. I have never been on a swim team to get good coaching advice.

I have recently looked at a few new and old how-to-swim books. The newer advice is quite different from the older books which encouraged habits that can easily lead to shoulder injuries.

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A new book "Swim Smooth" has the most modern advice of all, along with a fine web site swimsmooth.com with a super free app you can download and watch from any angle and at very slow speed (esp from underneath to see the difference from the old S-shape recommended arm movement for the crawl). Looking through this book a few days ago already has led to a major revision of my freestyle.
You can get the essential info from this fun book by just looking at the numerous pictures and reading the captions.
My self-taught freestyle stroke has several major flaws, eg. I should not angle my hand sideways on entry which can injure the shoulder and I should not cross the center line on arm extension or pushback (some old books show the arm crossing horizontally under the body) which loses propulsion and leads to being off balance. The entry angle should be at a steep approx 45 degree angle and the hand should tip down for the catch right after full extension (instead of gliding more). And forget about a sideways scull and S-shape arm movement (update: I have added back a partial S movement which seems to flow better with increased speeds if you use fins, plus Olympic swimmers do that too).
Anyway, the book "Swim Smooth" and web site (with the downloaded MrSmooth app) is my top choice for a relearn-to-swim-freestyle book for amateurs who have no coach.

2)
Next in line is the excellent second edition of "Fitness Swimming", pages 1-69, page 86, and pages 119-120 (the rest is workout schedules). This book has by far the best compact explanation of the theory and guidelines for the modern injury-free freestyle . It finally explained to me exactly how to accomplish the 2-beat kick as well as the unfathomable (from other books) 6-beat kick.

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Then there's the other modern swim book that I re-learned to swim from in 1998. Too bad in that book (or even his latest one) there is no good description of the arc the hand travels (ie. S-shape or not) or fundamental principles like the hand must always be inside the elbow distance (otherwise .. injury) and the similar dangers of angling the hand on entry, or of the merits of a steeper hand entry (but see his DVD below). Terry Laughlin's books (latest best all-stroke intro is called "Extraordinary Swimming for every body") have been adopted widely and I still would recommend this book as one of the several must-have's for someone still learning to swim better. If I was teaching someone to swim from ground zero, I would use the exercises to lead up to the crawl in that book's freestyle chapter (which are easier to see/appreciate in the bigger format "Total Immersion Pool Primer", basically drills in balance and body rotation) or in Terry's DVD "Perpetual Motion Freestyle in 10 Lessons", which teaches how to swim by progressive enhancement of fundamental balance and propulsion skills. The graduated drills are clearly demonstrated and the progression to developing the complete stroke and 2-beat flick kick is logical.

4)
"Learn to Swim in a Weekend" is a super compact (90 pages), all-picture guide to the major strokes plus turning and diving, about 8 easy to look at pages per stroke type. This is a fun book to look through and the pictures are superb in showing the essentials of each stroke.

So those are the 4 most essential how-to-swim or how-to-relearn-to-swim-better books I've discovered.

Then there's the very old swimming book "Swimming: Steps to Success" which has some bad crawl advice (which was considered good advice in the 1960's), but includes a few non-major strokes such as the sidestroke and the Double Trudgen which I'll learn sometime to amaze folks - I mean, who really knows that stroke nowadays other than ocean lifeguards! The third edition of this book has not changed from the very old first edition, so do not expect modern swimming advice.

History: the first-ever "modern" swim book was "Complete Book of Swimming" by James Counsilman (1979) which authors since have liberally copied text from. This was "the" modern theory and how to swim book until the 1990's and has held up remarkably well, plus it's fun to see pictures of Mark Spitz's swim strokes.
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