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I tried following some videos off youtube, and just copying the style of better swimmers. I just gave myself an injury.
This book is excellent at teaching the step-by-steps for achieving proper balance in the water and moving effortlessly. Really came together after just a few weeks, when I found myself in the fast lane, moving my arms no faster than when I was in the medium lane, but able to apply a ton more power, and really "corkscrew" my way through the water the way I'd heard it described before.
A bit like reading a 45 minute sermon that could have been put over in 10 minutes. Continuous old 'war stories' on how he got to where he is now. As others have mentioned, not many illustrations to explain the concept of total immersion, obviously to get you to buy more books and of course, the videos. I got enough out of the book to change the way I approach swimming to a more relaxed style, aided by the daily bombardment of emails once I had registered.
This is taking a few reads..as an individual swimmer I am having to slowly learn what I am doing wrong, understand what I need to do and then apply it. I can feel that the principle described in the book is correct (lengthen and roll) but it is not easy to put into practice. I probably just need more time and more research but I am not finding the drills straight forward.
A few months in, my swimming style is changing due to reading this book. I am using my legs more efficiently, my speed is up and my stroke rate down. So a good buy but dont expect overnight results.
I've only read the first 5 of 15 chapters but already this book has transformed my swimming. I come from a multi-sports background (running, cycling, skiing, rowing, martial arts, yoga) and although I've always considered myself an efficient swimmer I have never seen myself as a great swimmer - until now! 'Total Immersion' opens up a whole new way of thinking and attitude towards the science of swimming. This book develops us to swim with greater ease and in doing so, with greater efficiency. In a very short period of time with this book, my stroke has lengthened considerably, I am beginning to glide gracefully through the water and my length times have improved dramatically. This book is exciting! I thoroughly recommend this book to good swimmers who want to improve and reach a whole new level.
I started reading this and found the first few chapters really interesting (and I picked up some really good tips), then like a lot of coaching books found that the drills and exercises got a bit complicated. Well worth looking at because it has worked for a lot of people, but if you are looking for one book on swimming, then I would recommend the Swimsmooth Book instead as it focuses more on trying to get different swim 'types' swimming better rather than trying to teach the perfect stroke, and you can use this in conjunction with their web content, which is excellent.
Flow is Total Immersion at many levels. Helping the physical, emotional and mental states through the sense of evolution and revolution in the water. Looking forward to experiencing more and more in many crossings, adventures and practice lengths. Thankyou Terry
I was a breaststroke only type. The book was recommended by a swimmer I used to watch going effortlessly up and down the pool when he isn't doing open water swimming. Not only did I read it right through shortly after receiving it, it made sense every step of the way and in a few short weeks I now feel confident and efficient swimming crawl stroke. I have already leant my copy to three other people who have asked me to help them (!) so that they can try it out before buying their own copy.
I was recommended this book by my swimming coach. I was having shoulder trouble and making little progress with my 800m times. This book was a revelation. Not only have my times improved but my injury has basically disappeared. This is not a quick fix however, it takes time to adjust and needs the swimmer to mentally change. It's well worth the effort.