I just can't. The information presented in this 42 minute DVD is well worth the price I paid. It is presented as a series of drills to get you from floating to swimming in a few short sessions. The emphasis is getting you to forget the bad habits you might have and replace them with efficient, energy saving techniques. My only major gripe with the DVD is the poor production value. Much of it is pixelated and there's a kind of amateurish repeat of the credits.
The pixelation is somewhat distracting, but the information is the real driver here. IT's cool. I havent really had a chance to use its techniques, but it looks simple, and logical as it advances from one step to the next.. Can't wait to try try it. Additional Product Features Number of Discs.
Very informative, effective drills I love this dvd. Best swimming instruction ever This was the best swimming instruction that I have ever found. The technique is super, but the presentation, tedius. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
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Verified Purchase. I have reviewed it multiple times and have changed to the more efficient total immersion style of freestyle. I had 60 years of standard freestyle before this dvd. At age 70 I have recently completed a 9 mile swim - a practice swim for a future event.
I was surprised that I was not exhausted after the swim and felt I could have kept going. His mental advice - what you learn to focus on while swimming - also helps quite a bit too. From what the Total Immersion book says, I thought this DVD would contain step-by-step instructions, but nothing could be farther from the reality. It seems to assume a certain level of expertise, and the beginning of the video jumps right into "partner training," in which someone helps you refine the correct alignment.
But it never tells you what correct alignment is! The book was simply outstanding, and I was really looking forward to getting the DVD, but it was not at all helpful for me. It hasn't arrived yet. I would love to learn to swim like this - the technique makes all kind of sense, but the DVD was not at all helpful. One person found this helpful. Actually, I probably wouldn't recommend the DVD without the book. There are two extremes of swimmers that would likely be interested in this swim method: complete beginners looking to start swimming and experienced swimmers looking to examine this method.
Like most, I was somewhere in the middle after being told by a swim coach that I looked like I was being electrocuted in the water, I thought that this relaxed style of swimming would be a good remedy. Beginners will instantly see the value; it starts at the very beginning with active floating.
Experienced swimmers will need to be prepared to start at the very beginning as well, as Terry Laughlin correctly sees a need to break down established patterns of movement in order to build new muscle memory.
My freestyle has become significantly more relaxed. Of course, I still have a long way to go to becoming a proficient distance swimmer practice, practice, practice , but this video has helped eliminate a lot of bad habits so that the practice is actually beneficial.
One criticism aside from the somewhat cheesy production : proper flutter kick is nearly ignored. Although it's not the primary source of propulsion for efficient swimmers e. It would have been nice to see it addressed more in the video. First off, let me say that between the book and the DVD, my stroke has improved incredibly.
I swim faster 10 seconds faster in the , I dropped two strokes per length from to in a yard pool , and my swimming is effortless. I strongly recommend this TI method. However, the book, by itself, is not enough. If you are going to go this route, get the book and the DVD. I can't imagine only having one and understanding things well enough to make progress.
The TI method has been great for me. I am largely self-taught, but have taken a few sets of lessons over the years. However, this was a major breakthrough. It's almost like cheating. I plan to take lessons from a TI-certified instructor. As a middle-age guy trying to learn to swim better, I bought the DVD in the book.
This is not just for triathletes. As someone who flailed wildly about in the water after a mere 20 feet, I was skeptical that I would make progress. I used both this video and the book. This video helped me visualize better some of the drills in the book and worked nicely as a supplement to the book.
Both are geared towards swimming more efficiently in the water by making yourself cut through the water though better use of your body position. Using the book and video together I have become more comfortable in the water and can now cover considerably more distance--also stopped fighting the water. Awesome DVD and pdf booklet on the DVD also which gives great stepwise instruction to help you swim faster and further using less energy than before. I was swimming about strokes per length 25m before this and hadn't really improved in my swim squad over the last years.
Within 2 weeks of practicing only the first 4 drills of 12 or 14 on this DVD I'm now down to strokes per length. Just have to keep applying the techniques on here and I stay at that stroke rate and am less tired and going faster than before.
If I regress to my old style my stroke rate per length increases and I'm less efficient. This DVD is fantastic and helps you swim smarter rather than just bashing out more lengths trying to get faster by getting bigger muscles!! Get if you want to improve! We call this the Fish drill because just this fish do. You almost through the water in a perfectly balanced fish like shaped, leading with your head.
Fish drill will also teach you the breath by rolling your whole body to the air. Tobey supports Jennifer's feet as you rotates to a nose down position for the first time. Jennifer remains there a moment to memorise your position and rolls back up to sweet spot to breathe. After lounge focus on sliping through the smallest space in water. Roll all the way back to sweet spot to breathe, then do another full cycle on your own befor stopping. On your second try, your partner should check your head position and side balanced as Jennifer does for.
This is precisely the same head position, you'll use from nowone. Role cleanly and easily from nose up to nose down and back again. Focus your practice on a kind of balance in the ease the Joe shows here. It's an easy transition from fish to our skating drill, which teaches you how balance will feel once swimming and how to stay long and balanced while breathing. Start in a fish position then extend your lower arm see your hand is below your head. Can you see how Jennifer is balanced improves with her arm extended below her head.
Can you see how Jennifer is balanced improves with her arm extended belower head? Also, know this little head is right berg wasn't fish???. To breathe roll back to sweet spot, stay long and sleak as you roll all the way to where you can breathe with ease. Know this how Suzie, draws Joe's hand dawn and forward to improve his balance as she launches him. If you balance effortlessly like Suzie you can positon your hand at 3 o'clock.
Because Joe is quite lean with long legs, he angles his arm to 4 o'clock. Any swimmer who realy struggles with balance or his kick, should point her arm to 4. When swimming you'll extend your hand to same position you imprented during this drill. Be patient, in getting this positions right, attention to detail will make all the difference in how comfortable you feel in advanced drills and swimming.
You'll learn faster, if you and friend coach each other in practice just is Joe helps Suzie in a lap pool and Terry assists Fiona in an endless pool. Plan to practice skating drill for as long as you swimm. The more you practice it ,the more balanced and slippery your swimming will be. This is a good place to put your skills to the test. Start from balance in skating position as Cathrine does here. Then at a few strokes, maintain your head position, reach your hand to the same spot and feel the same balance.
After 3 or 4 strokes, stand up, catch your breath and do it again. Underswitch drills will help you create effortlessly propolsion by connecting your arm strokes to the power of bodyroll. This skating variation reenforces balance and slippery positions as a teaches you recovery timing that helps you swimm taller. After balancing in skating position sneak your rear hand and see it under your nose. Here Joe gives a great demonstration in how to slip through the water like an aero through the air.
Pose here to check, that you still balanced in skating position then return your hand to your side. Know this how Jennifer bubbles out from her nose while looking out. She could make her position even better by turning her left palm down and angling her fingertips toward the bottom.
From overhead you can see how Terry rolls back and forth cleanly like a lack??? How he breathes deeply in sweet spot and how he stays poised on his side as his hand comes forward. Mastering this will help you imprint timing for underswitch, our next drill.
Underswitch is your first opportunity to link your arm stroke to body rotation for effortless power. It also teaches you the switch timing that helps you stay tall as you stroke. Joe stays just the slippery well switching as he was well skating. In slow motion, you can see the timing imprented in underskate trickles the switch here when Joe's righthand passes his head his right hip drives down which drives his left hand back.
That's how you link the stroke to core muscle for propulsive power. Her next skill will be to learn her formal position for holding the water with the lead arm. He's patience enough to keep his head in line and wait for body to rebalance. As Joe demonstrates one way to fix that is to make your switch crisp and smooth, taking your baly bud??? Now that you felt the power of whole body movement we'll bring swimming rhytms to that movement.
In double underswitch you had rhytmic rotation but still have leasure in sweet spot to plan your movements.