The power in swimming comes from the core group of muscles, which this book defines as the area from the neck to the knees, including all of the upper-back and shoulder muscles, the abdominal muscles, and the trunk and upper-leg muscles.
Mastering Swimming delivers a targeted approach for improving your strokes, developing workout programs, and training for success. Whether you are 18 or 118, you can learn from renowned master’s swimming experts, Jim Montgomery and Mo Chambers on how to trim your time, motivate yourself and maximize your workout to be a master swimmer.
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Trim seconds off your time, train more efficiently, or simply maximize your fitness workouts with Mastering Swimming.
Renowned coaches Jim Montgomery and Mo Chambers have teamed up to create the ultimate swimming guide for masters athletes. Swimmers aged 18 to 120 will benefit from a targeted approach that covers these essentials:
Stroke instruction and refinement for freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly
Workout plans for fitness and competition
Training for open-water swimming and triathlon
Second-saving starts and turns
In addition, Mastering Swimming covers equipment, dryland training, motivational strategies, and guidance for selecting a masters coach or program. With such complete coverage, it’s the one resource you’ll turn to time and again for a lifetime of serious swimming.
Part I: Taking the Plunge Chapter 1. Start With a Vision, Train With a Plan Chapter 2. Set the Stage for Success Chapter 3. Develop Your Water Sense
Part II: Fine Tuning Your Strokes Chapter 4. Freestyle Chapter 5. Backstroke Chapter 6. Butterfly Chapter 7. Breaststroke Chapter 8. Starts, Turns, and Finishes
Part III: Conditioning for Success Chapter 9. Workout Essentials Chapter 10. Pool Workouts Chapter 11. Dryland Training Chapter 12. Open-Water Training Chapter 13. Make Your Plan for Success
Part IV: Competition Chapter 14. Competing in Pool Events Chapter 15. Competing in Open Water
Appendix A: Resources for Selecting a Coach or Training Program Appendix B: Sample Pool Workouts
Jim Montgomery has held 10 swimming world records and won 9 world championships, 14 national titles, and 7 NCAA titles. As a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team in Montreal, he won three gold medals and one bronze. He was the first person ever to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, a feat some have compared to Roger Bannister's breaking the four-minute-mile barrier in track. In 1981 he founded Dallas Aquatic Masters, one of the largest and most successful masters swim programs in the United States, and has been its head coach from day 1. Since 1998, Montgomery has also served as aquatics director at Greenhill School in Dallas. In 1986, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and was the 2002 United States Masters Swimming Coach of the Year. Montgomery has competed and given swim clinics in Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, Mexico, and Finland as well as throughout the United States. He lives in Dallas.
Mo Chambers was a software engineer for a large Silicon Valley company when, at age 30, she decided to take a job teaching a group of eager adult swimmers at a local health club. This side job soon became an all-consuming passion that would bring her national recognition. Within a year she left her engineering job to coach swimming full time. She took the helm of Mountain View Masters Swim Club and in seven years developed the club from 30 to more than 350 members. In 1993-94, she worked with well-known coaches Richard Quick and Bill Boomer on Stanford's women's swim team. In 1996, she was named USMS Coach of the Year. Chambers is a prolific writer for Swim, USMS Swimmer, and the ASCA newsletter. She is currently chairperson of the USMS coaches committee. Chambers lives in Vancouver, Washington.
"From gold medals to Coach of the Year honors, Jim Montgomery and Mo Chambers have done it all, including building two of the greatest masters swimming programs in the country. In Mastering Swimming, their expertise is evident on every page. This is a fantastic resource for fitness and competitive swimmers from 20 to 90.”
Tom Boak, USMS President, 1985 to 1989 Coach, Woodlands Masters Swim Team Masters Swimming Competitor Since 1978
"Jim Montgomery and Mo Chambers combine expertise and experience in this outstanding book. Mastering Swimming covers every aspect of technique, training, motivation, and organization that should meet the needs of every masters swimmer regardless of age and ability. It is bound to become the standard reference on the subject for years to come."