Tennis Fitness for the Love of it: A Mindful Approach to Fitness for Injury-free Tennis Paperback – Aug 12 2010
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About the Author
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
Top Customer Reviews
Before purchasing the book I was skeptical that it would help me. Looking at the book and reading about the author it is obvious she is an accomplished athlete. "Maybe she is just incredibly gifted genetically and what works for her won't work for the average player/athlete", was the main question I asked myself. Well, that question was answered and I was quite happy to find that the book has helped me and even exceeded my expectations.
Here's some more information to set the context of my review. I'm a 45 year old with a desk job who plays tennis 2-5 times a week. In the middle of the season I started getting sharp low back/sciatic pains during tennis that made it almost impossible to move. While not playing, I felt like my body was seized up (like the tin man in Wizard of Oz) so that it was hard to twist and turn around comfortably during daily activities (e.g. driving in reverse without a backup camera!). Massage helped a little but was not effective enough on it's own and the cost was much too high!
I started following the book by doing about 1-2 hours per day of stretching, release and exercises and the results have been outstanding. At first, I couldn't do all of the stretches because I was so tight but working at it I could see the improvement in my flexibility. After a couple weeks, all my low back pain was gone and I started to feel better (and looser) than I had in years.Read more ›
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Wesley Ropp, CMA, MBA
Charleston, SC USA
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.
As a tennis player, I especially appreciate her tips on preventing injuries. It's very helpful to read not only the "what to do", but "why it happened" and "how this will help". I have a much better understanding of my body now, thanks to this book.