Tennis Fitness for the Love of It: A Mindful Approach to Fitness for Injury-Free Tennis (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/8/12
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It is possible to play pain-free tennis for the rest of your life. One of the prerequisites is improving your fitness. However, it is not just any fitness. It needs to be mindful, purposeful, and perfectly suited for you. Nobody can tell you what is perfectly suited for you, only your body can. Listen to it because it will ask for what it needs. In your pursuit for maximum fitness and tennis performance, you need to be aware, patient, and disciplined. Carry this little book with you always and reread the chapters often. Each time you will discover something new. Learn to understand your body. Every exercise you do should be performed with the goal of increasing awareness of your body, and gradually building a new relationship with it. Learn how to free up the tightness and how to balance your strengths. The less pain you experience, the healthier and more functional you are, and the more your energy will increase. Treat the moments of stretching and myofascial release as time for meditation, relaxation, and introspection. Create daily routines that fit your lifestyle and treat them as essential for your fitness, well-being, and tennis performance. Think of your health and fitness in the long term. Be patient and disciplined in applying the new ways of exercising and treating your body. Remember that even modest effort applied over the long term will bring excellent results. Therefore, do not postpone your fitness until tomorrow and start today, even if it is just a little bit. Treat your body with respect and love. Treat the fitness as one of the necessary elements of your tennis game. Become fit for tennis and you will become fit for life, and tennis will be in your life forever. Practice your tennis fitness, for the love of it
Suzanna McGee is a former Ms. Natural Olympia drug-free bodybuilding champion, an experienced athletic trainer, fitness expert and competitive tennis player. With her teaching and writings, Suzanna possesses the tremendous ability to inspire athletes to be the best that they can be. Suzanna's special training style that combines many different techniques of training, healing, and injury prevention, brings a lot of success and great results to anybody who learns how to master it. Suzanna has been an athlete since the age of eleven. While living in Czechoslovakia and Sweden, she was a national level skier, and after moving to California, she became a drug-free bodybuilder and artistic roller-skater. At the age of 38, Suzanna picked up tennis and for the past seven years, she has been fully committed and passionate about the game. Suzanna's remarkable fitness has allowed her to reach high levels quickly. Discovering the "magic potion" for ageless competitive tennis through mindful fitness, this 45-year-old true athlete plays tennis daily, and without aches and pains. In Europe, Suzanna has coached fitness for national hockey and ski teams. Currently, she is teaching fitness to tennis players and other athletes. Besides the love for sports, she has two master's degrees in computer science, and speaks six languages. Suzanna resides in Venice Beach, California. You can reach Suzanna via her Web site at www.TennisFitnessLove.com
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Get it anyway.
Playing tennis all too commonly results in overuse injuries. Instead of feeling better from playing, many are injured and sore.
And getting you in better shape for tennis is only the beginning. It will get you in great shape to really enjoy life - no more sore back, aching shoulders and lack of energy.
So this book could be the salvation for many a weekend warrior or league layer not yet in shape.
More, it has the information to contribute to all those who think they are already reasonably fit, but are looking for a book for more great tips and how to put it all together.
It is incredibly well organized to check on sensible advice on how to treat sore knees, elbows, shoulders, etc., clear direct instructions and pics on how and why to do add specific exercises/stretches into your routine, and great advice on such diverse topics as nutrition and hydration to even a great dynamic warm-up drill before play.
What a great read.
So sensible. So refreshingly uncomplicated.
It reads like People magazine but with the huge difference that here wisdom oozes throughout.
Just the right pic to illustrate the point.
This is THE primer for tennis players looking to start getting really fit.
The author is a champion body builder who could crush most of us, but doesn't include weight work in the book. For that you you'll have to turn to Mark Rippetoe's Starting Stength.
And there aren't High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)and Agility drills - but these are easily obtainable elsewhere.
But guys, until she comes out with that Arnold Bonecrusher edition, get this book now as it is and profit from it.
Although the book is laid out in a logical fashion, I feel that you need a good understanding of the body to make full use of the knowledge in here. In the next edition, I'd like to see an introductory section with diagrams and page references for general fitness and specific injury / rehab programs. I'm a visual person and I am spending a lot of time flipping back and forth, trying to figure out what I need right now and what I need to add later. Perhaps her intention was to ensure that I investigate the whole book by not spoon-feeding me. Well, it certainly worked!
However, I would still recommend it to every person concerned with fitness - tennis player or not.
Wesley Ropp, CMA, MBA
Charleston, SC USA