Swim video recc. for novice?

Swim video recc. for novice?

Post by Fred Ehno » Sat, 07 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Can anybody recommend a good swim video for a novice swimmer (and where
to find it)?  I am hoping to do alot of swimming thru the fall/winter to
prepare for my first attempt at triathlon next year.  After spending 20
minutes a day swimming this past week (actually about 10 mins swimming
and 10 mins gasping for breathe between laps), I have the utmost respect
for swimmers!

Fred

 
 
 

Swim video recc. for novice?

Post by Chip Zemp » Mon, 09 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Can anybody recommend a good swim video for a novice swimmer (and where
> to find it)?  I am hoping to do alot of swimming thru the fall/winter to
> prepare for my first attempt at triathlon next year.  After spending 20
> minutes a day swimming this past week (actually about 10 mins swimming
> and 10 mins gasping for breathe between laps), I have the utmost respect
> for swimmers!

> Fred

Fred-

I recently completed a major survey of swimming videos for Fitness Swimmer
magazine - viewed something on the order of 20 videos aimed at all sorts
of swimmers. (The Summer 96 issue has the ones you'd be most interested
in. Fall '96 just came out - with videos for competitors reviewed - so you
may have trouble finding the Summer issue. Try a library if you want to
see the article.)

From what you said about yourself, I'd recommend Terry Laughlin's "Total
Immersion Workout on Video." It's all about body position, rolling,
breathing, RELAXING. Get yourself a pair of fins, and do the series of
exercises in order, taking your time and being sure that you feel
comfortable with each exercise before moving on. Don't be in a hurry.

Most of the beginning swimmers I've seen with similar problems (out of
breath after one length) are caught up in a vicious cycle. They're tense,
which makes their breathing hurried and frantic and spoils their body
position, which makes it even harder to swim, which makes them more tense,
etc. Be patient and let the water support you.

You should also make an effort to find a Masters (or YMCA or junior
college or parks and rec) program with a coach who is interested in
helping beginners. An expert eye on the pool deck can do wonders in a very
short period of time. And being with a friendly, supportive group can make
you feel much more motivated through the winter. And in the spring, watch
for swimming clinics for ***s and triathletes. (Terry Laughlin offers
clinics all over the US, and he's starting to branch out into other
countries now, too.)

Terry's video is $39.95 + 5.90 s&h. You can order it by calling

fans set up a web page somewhere. I don't remember the URL, but the search
engines should be able to find it.

By the way, I have no financial interest in Terry's enterprise and nothing
to gain by plugging it. (Plugging the magazine I work for is a different
matter, though!)

Chip Zempel


 
 
 

Swim video recc. for novice?

Post by Dennis B » Wed, 11 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Can anybody recommend a good swim video for a novice swimmer (and where
...snip...

> Fred-

> I recently completed a major survey of swimming videos for Fitness Swimmer
> magazine - viewed something on the order of 20 videos aimed at all sorts
> of swimmers. (The Summer 96 issue has the ones you'd be most interested
> in. Fall '96 just came out - with videos for competitors reviewed - so you
> may have trouble finding the Summer issue. Try a library if you want to
> see the article.)

> From what you said about yourself, I'd recommend Terry Laughlin's "Total
> Immersion Workout on Video." It's all about body position, rolling,

...snip...

I can't seem to find this magazine in Toronto; would you be able to
recommend a video for advanced swimmers? I've seen the Total Immersion
video and would like something that goes beyond this. How about for the
other three strokes? (I'd like to fine tune my I.M.).

Thank you.

dennis
--


 
 
 

Swim video recc. for novice?

Post by Chip Zemp » Wed, 11 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:



> > > Can anybody recommend a good swim video for a novice swimmer (and where
> ...snip...

> > Fred-

> > I recently completed a major survey of swimming videos for Fitness Swimmer
> > magazine - viewed something on the order of 20 videos aimed at all sorts
> > of swimmers. (The Summer 96 issue has the ones you'd be most interested
> > in. Fall '96 just came out - with videos for competitors reviewed - so you
> > may have trouble finding the Summer issue. Try a library if you want to
> > see the article.)

> > From what you said about yourself, I'd recommend Terry Laughlin's "Total
> > Immersion Workout on Video." It's all about body position, rolling,

> ...snip...

> I can't seem to find this magazine in Toronto; would you be able to
> recommend a video for advanced swimmers? I've seen the Total Immersion
> video and would like something that goes beyond this. How about for the
> other three strokes? (I'd like to fine tune my I.M.).

> Thank you.

> dennis
> --


Dennis-

If you want just one video for competitive swimmers that covers all the
strokes, I heartily recommend "Swim Smarter, Swim Faster" from Stanford
coaches Skip Kenney and Richard Quick. There's a companion tape, "Swim
Smarter, Swim Faster II - Starts and Turns" that I also recommend. It's
the only one out there that covers the new backstroke turn. About $25
each, and I think I've seen a package offer for $40 or $45.

If you don't mind spending a lot of dough, the "From the Fast Lane" Series
is also very good, but all they're $35 each or $99 for all three. The
production values are the best I've seen and there are interviews with and
demonstrations by lots of the top swimmers of the 80s - Morales, Sterkel,
Gaines, etc.

But all in all, I liked the Stanford videos better, I think.

Hope this helps. You should be able to get these from any of the mail
order shops like World Wide Aquatics or Kast-a-way, if you can't find them
locally.

Chip Zempel

 
 
 

Swim video recc. for novice?

Post by Timothy I » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Can anybody recommend a good swim video for a novice swimmer (and where
> to find it)?  I am hoping to do alot of swimming thru the fall/winter to
> prepare for my first attempt at triathlon next year.  After spending 20
> minutes a day swimming this past week (actually about 10 mins swimming
> and 10 mins gasping for breathe between laps), I have the utmost respect
> for swimmers!

> FredFred,

        We at Swimming World Magazine have a large selection
of swimming videos.  (www.swiminfo.com)look inside the swim shop.
Our most popular videos are the Swim Smarter Swim Faster I,II by Richard
Quick and skip Kenney; and Swimming Fastest II by John Trembley.

                                                -tim
Timothy Ip
Swimming World Magazine
1-800-352-SWIM x105

 
 
 

Swim video recc. for novice?

Post by Timothy I » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Can anybody recommend a good swim video for a novice swimmer (and where
> to find it)?  I am hoping to do alot of swimming thru the fall/winter to
> prepare for my first attempt at triathlon next year.  After spending 20
> minutes a day swimming this past week (actually about 10 mins swimming
> and 10 mins gasping for breathe between laps), I have the utmost respect
> for swimmers!

> FredFred,

        We at Swimming World Magazine have a large selection
of swimming videos.  (www.swiminfo.com)look inside the swim shop.
Our most popular videos are the Swim Smarter Swim Faster I,II by Richard
Quick and skip Kenney; and Swimming Fastest II by John Trembley.

                                                -tim
Timothy Ip
Swimming World Magazine
1-800-352-SWIM x105