Swimming for Exercise: Optimize Your Technique, Fitness and Enjoyment

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A practical guide to swimming for fitness and for enjoyment.

Swimming offers a low-impact cardio workout as well as great resistance training. Swimming for Exercise is a practical and fully illustrated handbook that deals with all aspects of swimming as a fitness discipline. Former Olympian Greg Whyte helps non-swimmers, novice swimmers and experienced swimmers maximize the fitness benefits of their time in the water, improving their health and well-being.

The book covers the four major swimming strokes -- front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly -- explaining how proper form helps swimmers exercise more efficiently. Whyte describes how to structure a workout to keep it varied and exciting, and he provides complete training programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.

Topics covered include:

  • The benefits of swimming and how to get started
  • Guidance on stroke technique and breathing
  • Structuring and monitoring swimming sessions
  • Diving and flip turns
  • Open-water swimming
  • Land training for strength and endurance
  • The importance of diet and hydration
  • Staying motivated and having fun

Swimming for Exercise provides expert instruction and offers new challenges and inspiration for those who want to improve their swimming skills, those who want to take up the sport for exercise and those who already swim regularly.

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About the Author:

Greg Whyte swam in the Olympics in 1992 and in 1998 and was a European and World Championship medalist. He was also a pentathlete (swimming, shooting, fencing, equestrian and running). He is a professor of applied sport and science at John Moores University in Liverpool, England, and is the author of Run for Life and Cycle for Life.

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No coach, no problem. You can get some guidance on how to structure a pool routine from former Olympian Greg Whyte, author of the new book "Swimming for Exercise." The breakdown of the four major strokes with photos and the detailed descriptions of each phase of the movement are useful for anyone who's been winging his or her butterfly. Then put your better form to use by sampling his workout programs, which range from 20 lengths for beginners to 110 lengths for more-seasoned swimmers. There's also advice on open-water options and land-based exercises. (Vicky Hallett ExpressNightOut.com (Washington Post) 2011-06-21)

Swimming is inexpensive and a great way to get a low-impact workout. Greg Whyte, a former Olympian and professor of applied sports and science, has written this illustrated handbook to help everyone from non-swimmers to advanced swimmers get the most out of the sport. He provides training programs for every level of ability and covers everything you need to know about the four main stroke techniques -- front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly. He also covers land training to build strength and endurance, and the 130 colour photos make it easy to follow directions. (Liz Grogan Good Times 2011-06-30)

We all know people who refuse to go in the pool when speedy masters swimmers are ticking off laps. This book is for them. (Vicky Hallett Sacramento Bee 2011-08-25)

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