I just finished watching Go Swim’s ‘Freestyle with Jason Lezak,’ and it is an excellent swim video! For those of you unfamiliar with Jason Lezak, he’s the guy that brought home the epic men’s 4x100m freestyle relay with a come from behind win against the world record holder by swimming the fastest relay split of all time. I would say he’s a qualified expert on the art of the freestyle!
The video of the actual swimming itself is outstanding. Go Swim captured Lezak from all angles to give you as many vantage points as necessary to figure out how Jason does what he does. They filmed him from above, below, beside and everywhere else you could think of. The content and the chapters are well laid out as well. There’s basically 6 lessons to go through focusing on things like balance, kicking, speed, focus, etc. The voice over work is done by Lezak and it is well scripted. The only thing I didn’t really like was the music. At first I was ok with it… an hour later the riff it plays between segments is permanently burnt into my brain.
Beyond the core content, there are a few bonus features. There is a section for starts and one for turns. These are pure video however, no narration. You also get some casual interview action with Jason on topics like nutrition, the Olympic experience, training habits, etc. There were some pretty interesting nuggets hidden in here. I especially liked hearing that he swims around 3-3500 yards/meters in a workout most days. I think he prescribes to the same school of thought that I do, smarter not harder.
Since I mainly swim un-coached, stuff like this is really valuable for me. To see the way an elite sprinter moves in the water from so many angles gives me lots of ideas on how to improve my stroke and get faster. Lezak’s stroke might look a little unorthodox with his big gallop and wide open hands, but you can’t argue with the results. The other thing that really stood out to me was his kick, it’s insane. I want to be able to kick like that while swimming someday!
Anyways, I dig this DVD and if you’re into this kind of thing it’s worth the dough. You can get your hands on a copy here from GoSwim. If you want to see a little of the video, check out the trailer below. If you’re not familiar with the work Go Swim does, I highly advise you go check out their website. They offer lots of great swimming content and plenty of free short videos that you can watch online.