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I am trying to swim better--and would love to swim better with less effort (LOL)--so I thought I would try TI (since I cant afford a swim coach)<br><br>
has anyone used the freestyle dvd? did you find it useful?<br><br>
anyone have one they want to sell?<br><br>
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NBjunkie, I hear you on wanting to swim more efficiently and powerfully. I actually am borrowing this DVD right now. I will try to watch it soon, and let you know what I think.<br><br>
I would sell it, but I'm pretty sure the lender would be P.O.'d at me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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wow I thought I had written in stealth font---thank goodness I was wrong--LOL<br><br>
SISTER--LOL--dont go to jail over a silly DVD--LOL--please do let me know what you think. I am reading the book and and finding it a little overwhelming (I only get to the pool 2 a week)--so its hard to remember everything, and I want to make my time in the pool worthwhile---
 

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THANKS TJ!!! I will check it out--can you d/l the whole thing? how much is it? I will PM him....thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Knowing Mort--- I am sure if he downloaded it, it was free <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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thanks--I will keep my eye on him logging on--I dont see him "down there"--yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I watched the DVD but found it a little hard to follow (not as hard as the book though)- the drills are hard to practice w/out a partner. I think there are TI classes- I may look into that b/c I need some serious swim help!
 

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KJ--yes, the book is a little overwhelming for me--thought if I was able to visually see the drills, I might be better off--there are no classes close to me (the closest is the next state over from me)--so that isnt really an option AND I dont have the money for a personal swim coach--so this was a last attempt, to not drown! LOL
 

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I would lend you my dvd...
 

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WYRILLCO--REALLY??? I have one thing left to try--if I cant get that to work, I would LOVE to borrow your copy--THANKS THANKS THANKS!!!!! I will PM you in the next couple of days and let you know! *yippee* *yippee*
 

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Sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I'll need it back before spring, when I swear I'm going to try and get better at swimming. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Let me know...
 

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maybe you can find another person to swim with and you spot each other when you drill. I found in swim class that I can "critique" better than I swim. In other words, it's pretty easy to see what someone else is doing wrong. I share a lane with a tennis player and it's interesting how he puts his stroke into his stroke. (totally straight arms, yet....yet....way faster than me)
 

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I tried using the book alone, but didn't make any real breakthroughs until my wife watched me at the pool and then I posted on another running forum with which many of us are familiar in the multi-sport thread and got some shockingly simple but breakthrough-for-me advise on breathing.
 

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JT--thanks--I have the book--but it just makes me more confused--and no swimming partner--there typically is no one else in the pool, I keep waiting to look pathetic enough for the lifeguard for offer some valuable advise--I will check out the CR --I post on that thread sometimes......thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I finally watched the video. Watching once will not be enough for me, so I'll either borrow it again or buy a copy when I get back to doing more fitness swimming. It's about 40 minutes, going from very rudimentary drills and progressing to fast freestyle. There are so many little things to focus on and remember. The technique and form of the swimmers is beautiful.<br><br>
I can see where it would be hard to learn the technique from a book, and I would definitely want to work with a partner like the video suggets. If I ever have the opportunity, I'll take the workshop at some point.
 

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I think you can get up to a certain level based on the book (which I've read) and the DVD (which I own.) In fact, it was enough to get me from pretty much no swimming ability to slogging through the swim portion for my triathlon this summer<br><br>
But in reality, advice/coaching from someone who really knows what they're doing would be advised no matter what, especially if you continue to struggle with the swim. I plan to do this sometime next year myself<br><br>
In regard to the original book, I found it confusing. The author's book "Triathlon Swimming Made Easy" explains the principles a lot more clearly, IMHO.<br><br>
And the DVD does help a lot in terms of being able to visualize what you're supposed to be doing, but don't be afraid to seek out videos (I found watching videos of the top swimmers especially helpful) and other tips from other swim websites - my faves here are <a href="http://www.svl.ch/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.svl.ch/index.html</a> and <a href="http://www.goswim.tv/" target="_blank">http://www.goswim.tv/</a><br><br>
Total Immersion also has a website <a href="http://www.totalimmersion.net/" target="_blank">http://www.totalimmersion.net/</a> where you can view snippets of the videos that they produce
 
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