Backstroke Made Easy: Do Less, Swim Better

Backstroke is the stroke with the most striking similarities to freestyle (one is sometimes called front crawl, the other back crawl). It’s also the most restorative and relaxing to swim . . . if you swim it the highly efficient way taught by Total Immersion. But most people swim it more like a semi-sinking windup toy.

You’ll get amazing results if you follow the TI Efficiency Pyramid of Balance > Streamline > Propel, as we do in the four learning steps in our Backstroke Made Easy Self Coaching Course.

1.    Balance and mold your core body into a low-drag torpedo shape.
2.    Move your head-spine line through the water straight as if being towed by a line atop your head. Rotate your core-body around it.
3.    Form long, ‘slippery’ lines from fingertips to toes on right side and left side. Switch from right-side to left-side line without disturbing the water.
4.    Connect your strokes to the action of your core body.

These skills are so similar to the efficiency foundations of freestyle that you can improve your freestyle by working on them in backstroke . . . and vice versa. A smooth, relaxed backstroke can also help you build your capacity for effortless distance. Swim freestyle for as long as you stay efficient. Then take a rest break with a length of relaxing backstroke before resuming freestyle.

This Course Includes:

1.    Four videos (totaling 23 minutes), illustrating four foolproof learning steps and featuring:

     a.    Surface and underwater views from every perspective;
     b.    Slow-motion and stop-action to highlight critical moments; and
     c.    Dozens of succinct on-screen coaching tips.

2.    A 70-page densely-illustrated e-workbook, providing deep guidance on:

     a.    The efficiency foundations for the stroke you’re studying;
     b.    How to succeed at each of the four learning steps for that stroke; and
     c.    Whole-stroke training tips

Beautiful photo illustrations show every key moment and position for each learning step and the whole stroke.

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Terry Laughlin

Terry Laughlin is founder and head coach of Total Immersion Swimming, In his 40+ year coaching career, he coached scores of national champions and several world-ranked swimmers. In his 50-year swimming career he progressed from being 'stuck in the slow lane' between ages 14 and 21 to becoming a 6-time National Masters champion and multiple USMS age group record holder in open water, between age 55 and 60. 

In October 2015, he swam from Corsica to Sardinia, another in a long series of ‘ultra’-marathon swims in his 50s and 60s.  

Three weeks after that swim, Terry was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer. Ever since he has truly swum for life.  

On November 4-5, 2016--exactly a year after his diagnosis--Terry swam two 10K marathons in the Red Sea on consecutive days in an event organized by TI-Israel.

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