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Tennis Fitness for the Love of It: A Mindful Approach to Fitness for Injury-Free Tennis [Paperback]

Suzanna McGee M. S.

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Aug. 12 2010
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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Insight Into Tennis Fitness and Beyond! Dec 15 2010
By Wesley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As an athlete and parent of an athlete, Suzanna's book gives practical advice on exercises to help maintain balance in your fitness routine. Many injuries I have observed over the years in adult tennis are result of natural imbalances in tennis motions which tends to favor one side of the body. Suzanna drives home the point that it is important to maintain your core performance through exercises that balance the muscles and joints throughout the body. As a multiple sport athlete, the exercises and stretches work for many sports and she has gotten me to rethink my training routine. This is a great book for teaching tennis pros as well!

Wesley Ropp, CMA, MBA
Charleston, SC USA
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A way to understand why I get injured and what to do about it Oct. 11 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been playing tennis for 25 years, and the first 20 went by without a serious injury. But once I got hurt, I couldn't figure out how to recover. I had a job that had me sitting down for 10+ hours a day, and I just started getting less and less able to play tennis without pain. The exercises Suzanna describes in this book helped me to recover from those injuries, and to condition my body to avoid injury from the stresses of playing tennis. They also showed me how to compensate for a variety of the stresses I was inflicting on my body as part of my desk job. I highly recommend the book both for the explanations it gives of the types of stresses that lead to injury, and the excellent photos and descriptions that make it possible to understand how to do each exercise and what to focus on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guys, this book is especially for you, too. Jan. 27 2012
By CharlieinNeedham - Published on Amazon.com
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I know most tough guys are not going to get past the front cover. There is no picture of Verdasco on the cover, and the author is not Arnold Bonecrusher. There is not even one chapter on "How to squat your pickup truck".
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book!! May 17 2011
By Janet Kolbu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Suzanna has assembled a massive amount of information and presented it in a way that is concise yet thorough. It's the type of book you'll want to keep with you, marked up to remind you what kind of stretches to do. The chapters are short and easy to read, with excellent photos to demonstrate everything, as well as an overall positive and upbeat tone, assuring that you really CAN do 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful reference book Feb. 1 2014
By Alain - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides a lot of insights on how to improve your level of fitness on and off the tennis court. It makes the correct inference that a balanced and flexible body is important for performance in tennis and preventing injuries. I have been improving my rehab and reducing pain and injuries through a better understanding of how it all works.
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