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Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier Paperback – May 18 2004

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (May 18 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743253434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743253437
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Masters swimmer and acclaimed coach Terry Laughlin has taught thousands to swim more efficiently in the workshops he has given across the United States. In his book Laughlin details simple, step-by-step drills emphasizing the importance of technique and an innovative workout regimen. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Eddie Reese 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 United States Olympic Coach and Head Coach, University of Texas (six-time NCAA champions) The most valuable service a good coach provides is to sharpen your technique, not make you work harder. Terry Laughlin has done an outstanding job of simplifying that complex job, providing practical tools that will work for any coach or teacher.

David Marsh 1996, 2000, and 2004 United States Olympic Coach and Head Coach, Auburn University (2003 NCAA Men's and Women's champions) Total Immersion can help anyone learn to be a better swimmer, regardless of ability. Terry Laughlin makes an improved stroke simple for the novice, yet I've seen his methods work for elite swimmers, too.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Tepper on May 30 2000
Format: Paperback
Terry Laughlin uses basic principles of hydrodynamics to show the correct way to swim "like a fish". Fish-like swimming is perhaps a misnomer, but he does detail how it's possible to reconfigure one's body in the water, to be like a yacht, not like a barge.
There's a whole long section on hydrodynamics for the technically inclined, and for the Olympic watchers there's a bit about how elite swimmers have used these techniques to win. The prose tends toward the purple at times, but it's good background for what's to come: a whole series of lessons and drills that tell you what you're supposed to feel in the water.
Until I heard the phrase "swimming downhill," I'd never really thought about what it should feel like to swim, gliding effortless through the water instead of being dragged by it. But with these and other catchphrases, Laughlin can get any swimmer attuned to what should be happening.
The book itself is choppily arranged. The skill-building practice swims are located in the back of the book, with the actual descriptions of the skills somewhere towards the middle. Even the sections on weight, one for total body and one insanely long regimen for the rotator cuffs, are stuck in their own little sections far apart in the book.
More logical organization would make this a much easier book to flip through, but the results are undeniable. My crawl stroke has improved dramatically, and I can't wait to see what tricks Laughlin has up his sleeve for the other three strokes. This belongs in every swimmer's bedside table, dog-eared and highlighted and worm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 3 1999
Format: Paperback
This book made a major impact on my freestyle stroke and basic attitudes towards traditional swim training. I highly recommend this book to anyone; however, there a few minor shortcomings. First, the beginning of the book drags on a bit about the benefits of the "Total Immersion" swim program. If you can make throught the beginning, the later chapters are the big payoff. Second, I found Terry's ideas about head position a bit contradictory. Terry talks about looking towards the end of the pool; however, most people (including a Swimming Fitness article authored by Terry) talk about looking down. Once you look up, your hips start to sink -- The big problem Terry tries to cure. Finally, the book only talks about freestyle. Even though Terry has ways to improve the other strokes (check out his Web site for his videos), he doesn't mention them in this book. Despite those three minor flaws, the book is excellent and really works.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a reviewer on Oct. 2 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big swimmer, but I heard so much about this book that I had to check it out- and I'm glad I did. This book will save a lot of people who are trying to learn to swim better a lot of time. Here's why:

-the book concentrates on swimming technique, correct position, and how you're suppose to feel in the water
-the book gives you drills to reinforce the most efficient way to swim
-the book is very scientific and the info is based on hydrodynamics

The book covers a lot of ground, but the authors writing style makes is go by quickly (at least it did for me). The pictures were good and I thought the explanations of the techniques and the "why" behind them was very understandable. Not sure about the rotator cuff routine in Chapter 16 though- it's kinda long and I'm not sure if some of the exercises like the reverse biceps curl is really necessary (rec. Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for swimmers who have shoulder issues).

In conclusion, I found the book very enlightening and recommend it to anyone (young OR old) who wants to learn how to swim more efficiently by learning the correct swimming techniques. The author obviously loves swimming and has brought all his years of experience and research into one handy resource.
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I am new to swimming, but have been an active athlete for 3 years. I have read many books on cycling, running, and triatholing. I bought this book because a chapter was dedicated to his theories on swimming in the book TRIATHLON 101(great book, a must have for the new triathlete), and he sounded well experianced. But his book has got to be the wordyest athletic book I have ever read. It's over 260 pages with about 120 pages of valuable information. I gave the book a 3 star rating only because of the valuable 120 pages, which also had a lot of gibber-gabber. If you need a book, and want info on training and techneque on swimming, look else where because trying to find what the info you want in this book is like trying to find a needle in a hey-stack. Not to mention that the writer likes to bad mouth other sports in an annoying way, which leads me to believe he has never trully experianced what multisport athletes love...all of it!
....sorry about my poor spelling!
Dave Lepore
I recommend these books about athletics, just to list a few....
1.Optimal Muscle Recovery, written by Dr. Edmund Burke.
2.Greg Lemonds Complete Book of Cycling, by Greg Lemond(1st American to win the TDF)
3.Triathlon 101, by ...I don't have the book with me.
4.The Triathlete's Training Bible, ...
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