Developing a holistic approach that conditions the entire swimmer has been my passion from day one, and "The Swimming Triangle" represents my passion brought to life. My hope is to inspire coaches to follow my lead. As a result, a greater number of swimmers will be rewarded for their efforts, and experience success on a far greater level.
The amount of swimming information available today on the web, video, and print is overwhelming. "The Swimming Triangle" channels a good deal of this information into a ready-made approach.
Over the years, I've developed a small network of like-minded coaches who also believe in a holistic approach. Hopefully, you, the reader, will recognize its value and become one of us.
~ Nick Baker
Founder, Peak Performance Swim Camp
The Swimming Triangle: A Holistic Approach to Competitive Swimming, is a unique, innovative, and essential guide to achieving superior mental, technical, and physical fitness in one of the world's greatest sports. Whether you're a coach or a swimmer, former Olympic coach Nick Baker's wholly integrated approach can help you maximize your true potential. In this book Coach Baker offers proven, results-oriented methods for gaining—and keeping—a competitive edge, including:
75 winning mental concepts to use in training and competition 75 elite-level technical concepts A complete breakdown of all starts, strokes, turns, and finishes More than 100 stroke errors to avoid 100 progressive stroke drills 30 sample practices for novice-, junior-, and senior-level swimmers Intensive dry-land training circuits More than 100 strength and flexibility exercises
"A turtle can only make progress by sticking its neck out of its shell. The same holds true for a swimmer. Progress can only be made provided they're willing to 'stick their neck out.' This all-important attitude is common among elite level swimmers. In order to cultivate it, a swimmer must feel free to risk in practice and competition, regardless of the outcome."More mental concepts
"If one were to roll a car tire down the road, it would remain upright as long as it traveled above a certain speed. As the speed dropped, the rate of forward movement would decrease, while the amount of side-to-side movement or wobble would increase. The same thing happens to a swimmer when they perform a stroke too slowly. In the case of backstroke and freestyle, they spend more time going side-to-side, and in the case butterfly and breaststroke, they spend more time going up and down. Left unchecked, these undesired movements create a variety of bad technical habits."More technical concepts
"Swimmers are in constant need of start, turn, and finish work. In a holistic approach, these all-important racing skills are the daily focus of warm up. Some coaches may find this rather unorthodox; but given the dynamic nature of starts, turns and finishes, it can be an extremely effective way to warm up. It also ensures that starts, turns and finishes are not overlooked."More physical concepts
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