Don’t be fooled! A swimmer doesn’t need the “whole package” to realize their ultimate swimming goal. Take Hakeem, for example. He only learned to swim at the age of 13 and lacked the skills and physical stamina to compete in any race longer than a 50, but that didn’t prevent him from earning a swimming scholarship and becoming a top sprinter in college. Why? Because he made the best of what he had, never got discouraged, or doubted himself. Sadly, many swimmers hesitate or fail to give their all believing they don’t have what it takes to succeed. But that’s a costly mistake because a strong belief in oneself (no matter the odds) and a take-charge attitude can bridge the gap between the impossible and the possible. Paperback. 58 pages.
From Hero to Zero to Hero (The Underdog Series, Book 3)
Second Chance Swim Coach illustrates the influence swim coaches have on those they coach. On the one hand, they must demand excellence, while on the other, nurture self-belief, so swimmers blossom at the moment as well as later in life. Sadly, this critical balance can go off-kilter, where “swimming needs” trump human needs. In this story, Coach Carlos realizes the errors of his ways and spends the balance of his life making up for lost time. Paperback. 60 pages.
Suzy the Queen of Butterfly (The Underdog Series, Book 2)
Many swimmers fear the butterfly, believing it’s the hardest stroke of all to swim. In Suzy the Queen of Butterfly, Olympic Coach Nick Baker tells a story of a young girl who proved otherwise. While physically disadvantaged, she achieved stunning results due to a tenacious mindset refusing to quit, no matter the hurdle. Time and time again, Suzy battled back until claiming the title “Queen of Butterfly.” The book’s positive message conveys to the reader that success in life comes from one’s inner strength and the will to fight on! Paperback. 58 pages.
An Inspirational Story About a Boy’s Struggles and His Path to Swimming Victory! (The Underdog Series, Book 1)
In 𝘓𝘪𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘰𝘯, Olympic Coach Nick Baker details the life of a young swimmer who’s intense love for swimming trumps all. Although Liam endures difficult times along the way, his courage and conviction lead him to ultimate victory. His story is the perfect antidote for those who find themselves facing overwhelming odds. The book’s positive message will leave the reader filled with newfound hope and inspiration. Paperback. 58 pages.
Coach Baker challenges swimmers to create change in a BIG WAY to achieve the results they desire! A swimmer who improves their mental outlook can enhance their level of swimming performance to one degree or another. The same holds true for technique or fitness. But when a swimmer focuses on boosting all three at once, the paradigm shifts and EXCELLENCE happens! Coach Baker states, “To thrive and survive in the demanding sport of swimming, a swimmer must become the ‘driver of their dream’ and push for exponential growth no matter what the circumstances!” Paperback. 60 pages.
Olympic Coach Nick Baker has added another gem to his motivational Swimmer Series. Among all the factors that determine success in goal setting, self-worth is the single most influential. You must first feel important before you can achieve important things in your swimming life. This superb book teaches how to build that feeling and find the inner “magic” that lies within you. Paperback: 144 pages.
The more flexible the swimmer, the greater the speed! And yoga is the perfect way for swimmers to increase their flexibility. Greater flexibility in the shoulders, chest, hips, and ankles allows the body to generate more propulsion and flow through the water with minimal drag and greater ease. Over the years, yoga has become the dry-land activity of choice for world-class swimmers. Finding effective ways to help swimmers improve their flexibility is no easy task especially when one considers how little free time they have in their day. The Yoga For Peak Performance video, led by professional instructors Theresa and Calvin of College Park Yoga, offers a series of effective yoga postures designed to relax the body and enhance flexibility in as little as 15 minutes a day!
The PEAK Refresher 1.0 is a state-of-the-art video also produced by Olympic Coach Nick Baker. It vividly illustrates key elements of the front, back, and relay start, along with the four strokes and turns. The step-by-step format greatly enhances learning. Format: Stream video online. 44 minutes.
The PEAK Refresher 2.0 video, produced by Olympic Coach Nick Baker, builds on the fundamentals of Refresher 1.0 and introduces many elite-level skills not available on other swimming videos. The multiple and innovative camera angles take learning to a whole new level. The skills presented in this video are guaranteed to boost swimming performance! Format: Stream video online. 50 minutes.
Swimming alone cannot develop the strength, flexibility, agility, or coordination needed to perform at the elite-level. The PEAK OUT! Dry-Land Training Video targets these all-important physical traits – giving swimmers a clear, competitive edge. The five, high-energy training circuits demonstrated in the video can be performed away from the pool and require no equipment. It’s the perfect fit for motivated swimmers on the move! Format: Stream video online. 82 minutes.
Written by Olympic Coach Nick Baker, this motivational book identifies 101 winning attitudes common to all great, world-class swimmers. Each winning attitude is described with an easy-to-remember phrase and simple imagery to enhance visualization. It’s a must-read for swimmers of all ages! Paperback. 108 pages.
Coach Nick Baker’s most popular book is an innovative and essential guide to achieving superior mental, technical, and physical fitness in one of the world’s greatest sports. Whether you’re a coach or a swimmer, Olympic Coach Nick Baker’s wholly integrated approach can help you maximize your true potential. In this book Coach Baker offers proven, results-oriented methods for gaining—and keeping—a competitive edge! Paperback. 326 pages.
Olympic Coach Nick Baker has dedicated this book to serious swimmers striving for peak performance. The tremendous how-to pocket guide identifies 17 limiting factors that handicap swimming performance and how to overcome them. If identified early, these factors are within the swimmer’s power to change! Paperback. 118 pages.
Olympic Coach Nick Baker shares pearls of wisdom gleaned from coaching for more than forty years and provides parents with essential inside swimming knowledge geared to maximizing their child’s swimming experience. Coach Baker sheds light on many unanswered questions parents have about swimming, and guides them in making the right decisions for their child. Paperback. 124 pages.