The Complete Conditioning for Swimming (Complete Conditioning for Sports Series) is a great book for a serious swimmer, swimming coach, interested to enhance swimming technique and strength. This book can use it for reference and as well as incorporate some of the technique to enhance the swimming training program.
The book also come along with a useful DVD. The DVD is about 80 minutes long that demonstrate dryland exercise, how to improve core strength for better position in the water, enhance flexibility for more efficient strokes and etc.
The training techniques are cutting edge and the information of the books is well organized. The books are organized is such as way that it started out with beginner swimmer, intermediate swimmer and advance swimmer technique. It’s excellence for serious swimmer.
The book author is top swimming coaches for Olympic athletics. They are Dave Salo and Scott A. Riewald.
Dave Salo has been one of the nation’s top swimming coaches for more than 20 years where he trained numerous Olympic medalist athletes. Salo earned his MS and PhD in exercise physiology from USC and currently resides in Los Angeles. Over his career, he has continued to
serve at the national level, accepting coaching assignments for the United States at the 2005 World Championships and the 2001 Goodwill Games. In 2010, he was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Scott A. Riewald is a performance technologist for the U.S. Olympic Committee, where he focuses on biomechanics and technology for endurance sports. He worked with many of the nation’s top swimmers. During his tenure, he lectured throughout the United Sates on the use of science to improve performance of individual swimmers and entire teams. Riewald is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a certified personal trainer, and he earned his MS and PhD in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, he was a competitive swimmer at Boston University, where he still holds several school and conference records. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, photography, and spending time with his family.[box title=”Advantage” box_color=”#b4c5f4″ title_color=”#ffffff”]The books is not about teaching you the swimming stroke technique such as freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke or butterfly. It’s teaching other that the swimming stroke. It shows how to properly exercise, how to properly do stretching, what is the proper way to warm up before swimming, and a correct way to cool down after the swimming. The prerequisite before swimming such as how and when to eat, it’s also provide a training program to help you to reach the peak in your swimming journey throughout the year.[/box]
[box title=”Disadvantage” box_color=”#b4c5f4″ title_color=”#ffffff”]Please note that this book is not to learning the swimming strokes such as how to learn butterfly stroke, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, breathing skills, floating skills. It is also not for the casual swimmer or start to learn swimming. It is for those who needs a information and technique on improving and layout a training program to enhance and improve the swimming speeds. [/box]
Below are the chapter of the book:
Chapter 1: Testing for Swimming Fitness
Chapter 2: Warming Up and Cooling Down
Chapter 3: Tailoring Training for Specific Strokes and Events
Chapter 4: Building Endurance
Chapter 5: Training for Core Stability
Chapter 6: Developing Explosive Power
Chapter 7: Enhancing Flexibility for Better Strokes
Chapter 8: Preventing, Coping With, and Returning From Injury
Chapter 9: Nutrition and Hydration for Swimmers
Chapter 10: Creating a Strength and Conditioning Program
Chapter 11: Year-Round Sample Programs