The Complete Idiots Guide to Swimming BookI know that swimming is hugely popular, in fact, it’s considered one of the most-liked recreational sports in America, but I’m not one of those people who love it.  I hate the water.  I don’t even like baths.  But for those of you who’d rather spend the summer in the water rather than on it, here’s a book for you.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Swimming was co-authored by an Olympian and fitness trainer and it’s full of information on how to perfect your stroke.

You’ll get tips, in words and images, on how to correctly do the breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, and the dolphin kick.  The photography, both above and under the water, it beautiful and really helps to demonstrate the moves necessary to correct and improve your form.  There’s also specific exercises and drills you can do to boost your overall fitness or concentrate on a specific strength to improve a specific stroke.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Swimming is a must-have for any swimmer that wants to get into competitive swimming or do triathlons, but it’ll also provide a boost for the recreational swimmer as well. Even a non-swimmer like me enjoyed some of the tips and tricks.  I can swim, I just don’t like to, and the book had lots of ideas on breathing correctly and getting the most out of your stroke.

This book would make a great gift for any swimmer in your life – so much information in an easy-to-read and understandable format.  But what’s a non-swimmer like me going to do with this wonderful swimming instruction manual?  It’s going where all our review books go, the local Library.  They do one to two sales a year and the proceeds help to buy more books. Check with your local library and donate!

About the Authors:

Mike Bottom (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Head coach of the University of Michigan Men’s swimming program and one of the most successful coaches in the world. He has coached multiple Olympic teams and, as an athlete, was a member of the 1980 US squad. He was a world record-holder in the 400-meter freestyle relay and a four-time USA National team member.

Nathan Jendrick (Bonney Lake, Wash.) is a Certified Fitness Trainer,

Performance Nutrition Consultant, and health and fitness writer. He has worked with athletes ranging from competitive bodybuilders to Olympic gold medalists, including his wife, double-Olympic champion and two-time Olympian Megan Jendrick.

About the Book

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Swimming
ISBN: 9781592579655, April 2011, $16.95

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