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Complete Conditioning for Swimming


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ISBN: 073607242X
ISBN 13: 9780736072427


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From more powerful strokes to quicker turns, propel yourself to improved times with Complete Conditioning for Swimming. This multidimensional training program uses fitness assessments to tailor strength, endurance, and flexibility exercises to each swimmer’s individual needs. Dave Salo, coach of Olympic medalists Lenny Krayzelburg, Aaron Peirsol, Amanda Beard, Jason Lezak, Rebecca Soni, Jessica Hardy, Ous Mellouli, Vladimir Morozov, Larsen Jensen, Gabe Woodward, Staciana Stitts, Colleen Lanne, Ricky Berens, Eric Shanteau, and Haley Anderson, and Scott Riewald, performance specialist for the U.S. Olympic Committee, have teamed up to create a comprehensive program that provides you with the following tools to improve your times:
  • Exercises and drills for each stroke
  • Event-based workouts and programs
  • Dryland training
  • Tapering for peak performance
  • Year-round conditioning plans
  • Nutrition before, during, and after swim meets
In addition, the 80-minute DVD takes you to the pool and into the gym to demonstrate the drills and exercises used by the sport’s elite. Complete Conditioning for Swimming is simply the best guide to preparing your body for competitive success.

About the Author

Dave Salo has been one of the nation’s top swimming coaches for more than 15 years and currently is the head coach of the USC men’s and women’s swimming teams. Before joining the Trojan swim program, Salo served as head coach of Irvine Novaquatics, where he trained Olympic medalists Lenny Krayzelburg, Aaron Peirsol, Amanda Beard, and Jason Lezak. 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. Salo earned his MS and PhD in exercise physiology from USC and currently resides in Los Angeles. Scott A. Riewald is a performance technologist for the U.S. Olympic Committee, where he focuses on biomechanics and technology for endurance sports. Previously, he was USA Swimming’s biomechanics director at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where 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. He also worked as the biomechanics director for the United States Tennis Association in Key Biscayne, Florida. 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.

Table of Contents

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

Words of Praise

"Salo is an amazing teacher and coach who understands the importance of peak conditioning to a swimmer’s success. Combining book and DVD, Complete Conditioning for Swimming captures his unique approach, making it the most comprehensive training resource in the sport today." Aaron Peirsol 4 time Olympic medalist "With exercises and programs tailored to address the physical demands of every stroke and event, Complete Conditioning for Swimming is a competitive swimmer's dream." Amanda Beard 7 time Olympic medalist