Monday, December 7, 2009

Trimommy Review: The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD

A few weeks ago, Kevin Koskella, the triswimcoach, sent me a copy of his DVD, The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD, to review.

Yesterday I sat down to watch it, and here are my thoughts.

The content of the DVD is fantastic, especially for beginner and even intermediate swimmers.  He does a great job of explaining many beginning swim drills and showing them from many different angles, so you really have a good understanding of what the drill is.  After Kevin explains and demonstrates each drill, he says what the drill is good for.  This may seem like not a big deal, but I can't even tell you how long I've been doing the fist drill without really knowing what it is for!

He goes through several balance and body position drills that are especially useful for beginner swimmers, and then quite a few more drills that we should all be using on a regular basis to perfect and maintain good swimming form.

There is also a nice little section on open water swimming, including the start and finish of a triathlon.

All-in-all, I thought the video was excellent.  The drills were clear and concise, although there were a few that I definitely would not be able to do without getting seasick! The set up of the video was nice, but a little too much like a power point presentation.  The videos of the swimming are excellent and are really what brings the most value to the DVD, in my opinion.  I think many of us have no idea what good swimming actually looks like!

One of the funniest parts of the video, although unintentional, is when Kevin recommends getting in a good 20 minute swim warm-up before the beginning of a race.  Kel and I just looked at each other and laughed.  I'm lucky if I get 5 minutes, and usually it's just getting in the water to warm up the wetsuit, so to speak!!

If you are a beginner or intermediate swimmer interested in learning how to make your swim better, I highly recommend this video.  Of course, just watching won't make you any faster!!

To purchase a copy of the Essential Triathlon Swimmming DVD, click here.

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  1. 20 minute warmup? I'm with you completely in the 5 minute, at best, camp.

  2. 20 minute warmup? Sure, maybe if you are doing a 400m race. Those crazy swim coaches....

    Good to know that the video had some value. I need to MAJORLY work on my swim this winter, but may end up just doing a clinic or something so someone can actually look at my stroke.

    I have a tendency to think I'm doing what I've been taught, when in reality, I'm flopping around like a drowning rat. :-)

  3. I usually say shoot for a 10-15 minute warmup. Maybe I said 20 thinking that if people shoot for 20 they will do at least 10!

    Anyway, thanks for the review and best of luck!


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