Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Freestyle Made Easy|
Actor: Terry Laughlin
Genres: Educational, Sports
FREESTYLE MADE EASY - THE TOTAL IMMERSION SYSTEM Total Immersion: Freestyle Made Easy illustrates everything about freestyle swimming - how to kick efficiently; every part of the stroke - entry, catch, finish, exit and ... more »
Good Content - Bad First Impression
C. Poole | 06/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After reading the TI book and not getting too far, I thought that I'd try the video so I could actually see how the drills should be done. When I unpacked the video I was fairly shocked to see that my not-very-cheap DVD came in an el-cheapo paper slip cover. After loading the DVD I was equally surprised by the cheesy music and videography.
Overall, I think that the content of the video was excellent, but I definitely expected a higher quality production based on the relatively high price tag."
Good Supplement to Total Immersion Book
Karen Decker | Nevada | 06/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The book (Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier) and DVD aren't completely aligned, but do supplement each other well. Actually, I probably wouldn't recommend the DVD without the book.
There are two extremes of swimmers that would likely be interested in this swim method: complete beginners looking to start swimming and experienced swimmers looking to examine this method. Like most, I was somewhere in the middle (after being told by a swim coach that I looked like I was being electrocuted in the water, I thought that this relaxed style of swimming would be a good remedy).
Beginners will instantly see the value; it starts at the very beginning with active floating. Experienced swimmers will need to be prepared to start at the very beginning as well, as Terry Laughlin (correctly) sees a need to break down established patterns of movement in order to build new muscle memory.
My freestyle has become significantly more relaxed. Of course, I still have a long way to go to becoming a proficient distance swimmer (practice, practice, practice), but this video has helped eliminate a lot of bad habits so that the practice is actually beneficial.
One criticism (aside from the somewhat cheesy production): proper flutter kick is nearly ignored. Although it's not the primary source of propulsion for efficient swimmers (e.g., Terry only kicks once per stroke), it's still a significant supplement when wanting to swim fast. It would have been nice to see it addressed more in the video.
Too much and too little
Richard P. Crossin | South Orange, NJ | 04/16/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"...Too much money for too little product. This overpriced DVD comes in short (about 30 minutes) and cheap. (You're not going to believe the shoddy production values). While it is useful to see good to great swimmers executing Mr. Laughlin's techniques, there is no info on correcting common problems for the rest of us. C'mon Terry, you've been teaching for over 20 years. What about a "5 most common mistakes" section that could help the rest of us along? Also, while it shows the recommended drills, there is surprisingly little on linking the drills to actual swimming. Most of the demonstrations don't show the swimmers even breathing but rather holding their breath as they execute the drills. (Yeah, I know, Sweet Spot - but that hardly shows how to link strokes, particularly for alternate side breathing). Also, unless my DVD player has developed hiccups, the disc itself has got problems - There were a number of stutters and "freezes"."
Freestyle Made Easy- Total Immersion
Hanh M. Nguyen | Orange, CA | 08/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this dvd because I wanted to increase my swimming stamina. This dvd is awesome. I got it only about 2 weeks ago and have already noticed a considerable difference in my perceived effort--I'm swimming with much less effort and have been able to increase my lap swims considerably. Even though the dvd is only about 30 min. long I think it is definitely worth buying especially if you are thinking of getting personal swimming coaches. I highly recommend buying this dvd first to see if you still need one on one swim instructors."