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See how to achieve stronger starts, more explosive turns, and faster times! Swimming Anatomy will show you how to improve your performance by increasing muscle strength and optimizing the efficiency of every stroke.
Swimming Anatomy includes 74 of the most effective swimming exercises, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles in action.
Swimming Anatomy goes beyond exercises by placing you on the starting block, in the water, and into the throes of competition. Illustrations of the active muscles for starts, turns, and the four competitive strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke) show you how each exercise is fundamentally linked to swimming performance.
You’ll also learn how exercises can be modified to target specific areas, improve your form in the water, and minimize common swimming injuries. Best of all, you’ll learn how to put it all together to develop a training program based on your individual needs and goals.
Whether you are training for a 50-meter freestyle race or the open-water stage of a triathlon, Swimming Anatomy will ensure you enter the water prepared to achieve every performance goal.
Chapter 1. The Swimmer in Motion
Chapter 2. Arms
Chapter 3. Shoulders
Chapter 4. Chest
Chapter 5. Abdomen
Chapter 6. Back
Chapter 7. Legs
Chapter 8. Whole-Body Training
About the Author
USA Swimming, the largest swimming organization in the world, specifically recommended Ian McLeod as the author of Swimming Anatomy. McLeod has extensive experience working with world-class athletes, particularly swimmers. A certified athletic trainer and certified massage therapist, he was a member of the U.S. team's medical staff at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. He has also worked extensively as an athletic trainer with the sports programs at the University of Virginia and Arizona State University.
McLeod remains deeply involved with USA Swimming's High Performance Network, a group of volunteer health professionals who support U.S. swimmers at national and international meets. He has been given the organization's highest honor, the Gold Standard Award. McLeod also served as massage therapist to the Egyptian national swim team during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He has provided athletic training and sport massage to swimming stars such as Ed Moses, Kaitlin Sandeno, Natalie Coughlin, and Jason Lezak.
McLeod lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife and two children.
"With full-color exercises and drills, Swimming Anatomy takes an inside look at the muscles you need to strengthen in order to swim your best. This is a must-have guide for every swimmer."
2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist in 100-meter freestyle
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist (World Record) in 4 X 100 freestyle relay
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist (World Record) in 4 X 100 medley relay
"Ian McLeod, one of the most intelligent minds in swimming, demonstrates how to care for swimmers both in and out of the water, making Swimming Anatomy an essential resource for anyone involved in competitive swimming."
Athletic Trainer for University of Michigan Swimming and Diving
"Buy Swimming Anatomy and treat it as the authoritative liftoff into the world of aquatic strength and conditioning."