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Total Immersion , Revised & Updated
The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier
by Terry Laughlin, with John Delves
A Fireside Book, (2004)
Standard Print. ISBN: 0-7432-5343-4
Genre: Fitness, Sports

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - May 23, 2004

Water is a great equalizer. Swimming is an excellent exercise for both skilled athletes and absolute beginners. Many individuals with physical or visual impairments find that in water, they have more freedom of movement than they do when on dry land. From both an enjoyment standpoint and as an exercises environment, almost any body of water can be turned into your own personal gym.

In Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier, Terry Laughlin and John Delves offer a complete set of practical and easy to follow exercise drills that will help you to improve your fitness and your swimming prowess. Laughlin is a respected swimming instructor who developed the Total Immersion program. He has also taught this method to Olympic and other competive swimmers. This method is designed to teach you how to swim Fishlike, i.e., the right way - effortlessly and gracefully.

The drills detailed in this book are clearly explained, and easy to follow. They will not make you a better swimmer overnight. You must practice the techniques that are taught in the book. In a relatively short time, you will notice improvements in your form and style. You will also discover that swimming has become more effortless and that you are enjoying the activity more - even if you are just swimming laps.

Laughlin's approach to swimming has a very yogic feel about it. He advocated taking a slow and easy approach to your swimming, rather than pushing for speed, muscles, and pain. His theory is that by swimming in a more fishlike manner, relaxed and fluid, you will actually be able to swim faster and longer than you would if you simply tried to swim fast and hard. In addition, the breathing techniques that he teaches will be familiar to anyone who has studied Yoga. This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to improve their basic swimming technique, stamina, and for anyone who wants to learn how to swim more effortlessly.

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