About the Product
Swimming is a sport especially well-suited for older adults. But
most books cater to younger, competitive high school and college
swimmers and their coaches.
Swimming Past 50 offers age-appropriate fitness and competition
training programs as well as many valuable insights for swimmers who
have lapped the 50-year mark. Swimming is increasingly popular among
this growing age group as it is an ideal sport for developing
cardiovascular fitness while putting little or no wear and tear on
bones and joints. This book provides special insights and
recommendations for mature swimmers. Whether you swim to stay in shape
or compete as a Masters swimmer, youíll find the material useful and
Authors Mel Goldstein and Dave Tanner know their subject matter well.
Both swam at Indiana University under the tutelage of legendary coach
James "Doc" Counsilman. Goldstein went on to coach Masters
swimmers and to swim competitively, and he currently ranks among the
top ten nationally in the 60 to 64 age group. Tanner is a world
champion and All-American swimmer and also competes in a variety of
endurance sports. As an exercise physiologist and high school swim
coach, he has studied training methods and schedules for fitness and
performance in swimming.
Whether you want to be a more efficient and fit lap swimmer or a
faster competitor in the next Masters competition you enter, Swimming
Past 50 is your guide to success. Training methods, stroke
technique instructions, and drills are accompanied by important age
considerations. The book also provides dryland and in-pool training
programs for different levels of age 50 and over swimmers. As a
special bonus, the authors have included sample workout schedules for
the entire year.
Age was always a poor excuse not to swim. Now Swimming Past 50 shows
thereís no excuse at all, so jump right in.
and Dave Tanner are accomplished swimmers, coaches, and
writers. Both men swam under Doc Counsilman, the legendary swim coach
whose Indiana University teams won six NCAA National Championships.
These two Counsilman disciples took different career paths but
reconnect on this project, allowing them to share their passion for
and expertise in Masters swimming.
Goldstein is a past president of United States Masters Swimmers. He is
an elite swimmer, ranked in the United States Masters Top 10 in his
age group in several strokes. He won the 400-meter IM at the 1994
World Masters Swimming Championships at age 55. Goldstein has also
been a Masters swim coach since 1983. He developed and is the swim
coach/director of the YMCA Indy SwimFit Program for YMCA of greater
Indianapolis. This program has more than 250 swimmers who either
compete in Masters swimming and/or triathlons competitively or have
chosen aquatics as their activity for physical fitness. Mel and his
wife Judy live in Indianapolis.
Tanner brings in-depth knowledge of Masters swimming from three
perspectives: as a competitor, coach, and researcher. Heís been
swimming competitively since 1958 and coaching at various levels from
beginner to elite since 1973. He currently coaches at the high school
level. An exercise physiologist, his graduate work at Indiana
University included human performance research in Masters swimming.
Tanner is also active in ultra-endurance sports and is the only person
to complete the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, the Western States 100-Mile
Endurance Run, the Race Across AMerica (RAAM), and the Manhattan
Island Marathon Swim. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Swimming: Exercise for a Lifetime
Chapter 2. Understanding Aging
Chapter 3. The Basics of Swim Training
Chapter 4. Designing a Training Program
Chapter 5. Dryland Training
Chapter 6. Swimming Injuries: Prevention and Treatment
Chapter 7. Realistic Goals for a Past-50 Swimmer
Chapter 8. A New Age of Swimming: Technology and Techniques
Chapter 9. Sample Workouts
"Many thanks to Mel and Dave for continuing Docís unselfish
tradition of sharing knowledge with others. Having a complete book
specific to the mature swimmer is a great motivator. Look out,
Olympic gold medalist, 200-meter breaststroke (1960)
"This is a unique study of Masters swimming that covers all
aspects of the subject in a logical, readable form. The book is filled
with information that will benefit even the most experienced Masters
swimmer. It should be added to all team libraries and read by all
Masters swimmers and triathletes. I found the chapters on dryland
training and on prevention and treatment of injuries to be especially
informative, interesting, and relevant for me. The authors have put
together a book that will appeal to the many Masters and adult fitness
swimmers who are active in different ways in this wonderful sport. It
is long overdue."
Six-event National and five-event World Masters Champion (1998)
Two-event Olympic gold medalist (1960)
International Swimming Hall of Fame member