The Bottom Line
Based on feedback from swimmers using the guides, Swim Type Guides are be a great way to help you improve. They are particularly useful for swimmers that are self-coached, but even swimmers in a coached program will find some great tips, drills, and pointers on how to recognize the kind of swimmer you are, and how to make yourself better.
- Specific advice for the dominant trait(s) of your individual swimming style
- Diagnoses your swimming style and prescribes a way to make it better (sounds almost medical!)
- Includes technique drills and how to use them for your type
- Four detailed swim training sessions aimed at helping swimmers with their specific faults
- Website has a variety of additional tools and videos to aid swimmers
- PDF download - to take to the pool you have to print and then find a way to waterproof it
- Advertising - includes adverts for other products and services (granted, things that may help you)
- Freestyle Only - the guides are only for freestyle swimming
- Freestyle swimming categorized into six basic types
- Twenty-plus page PDF guide aimed at improving one of six swim style types
- Guides for each type correct weaknesses and move toward better swim technique
- Logical progression of drills and practices for stroke correction
- More than jsut the pdf guide - the website incldues additional tips and tools to help swimmers
Guide Review - Swim Types Swimming Improvement Guides Review - Swim Types from Swim Smooth
Each 20+ page guide includes an introduction, a breakdown of the things that type of swimmer does in the water, a step-by-step swim stroke correction process, specific stroke development sessions, tools that can be purchased to help technique, and ways to get more help (like a forum, a feedback contact, and their Mr. Smooth freestyle viewing console).
The Six Swim Types (from the Swim Types site):
- Arnie or Arnette: strong build, commonly with a background in team sports. Their lean muscle mass and limited upper-body flexibility gives them very sinky legs when swimming.
- Bambino: no means always female, of small to light build with limited swimming experience. Co-ordination in the water is a key concern.
- Kicktastic: often but not always female with some swimming experience, often from earlier childhood. Characterized by a very dominant and propulsive leg kick but lacks catch and feel for the water with their arm stroke.
- Overglider: male or female with a typically long stroke that contains too much glide and has a distinct dead-spot within its timing.
- Swinger: good swimming experience, but with less body roll, meaning their arms tend to swing round the side of the body rather than travel over the top.
- Smooth: can be male or female, has an excellent swimming background, and they appear to be perfect in the water, but they may require some adaptations to perform at their potential in open water.
My advice? Figure out which swim type you are on the Swim Types website and go from there. Once again, I think the Swim Smooth coaches have put together a superb way for swimmers and triathletes to be better. Using the guides and the website, swimmers can read about, see about, and ultimately do something about their stroke faults, making themselves faster, stronger swimmers.