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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete Conditioning for Tenis Review, March 9, 2002
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I gave this book 4 stars mainly beause here is nothing out there like it. Power tennis training is not even close to the coverage of this book. This book is for serious players in good shape already. I would say it is designed more for Juniors and Satalite hopefulls than the weekend player. If your working on the gut and hoping this will bring your game up you need to do more work before getting started on this book. It has great streching tips and fantastic agility drills and explains how to train based on playing tennis. What it contains is very good. The training programs however are written by people with no real world lives. They are all pros or have been around pros without I would suspect a normal 9-5 family and job. It references a lot of weight training equipment that must be in a nice gym. It covers and gets into more tournament fitness building strategy rather than an average weekend game. A modified version for the average guy would be nice. A very big dissapointment was nutrition. I was really hoping to learn when to eat, what to eat before a match etc. This book covered nothing about nutrition. It talked about water and sodium, thats it. If your really into tennis and run three times a week already and work out some, you can benefit from this book. The fitness test is good and gives you goals to shoot for but you better be self motivated. If they add two more chapters; nutrition and a modified weekend players life, home workout system this book would be perfect.
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2013 3:50:26 PM PDT
Max says:
My take was that this book was REALLY comprehensive and covered every aspect of conditioning you can imagine. Major chapters include:

-warm-up and flexibility training (includes all the major stretches)
-agility and footwork (specific drills to improve your footwork)
-speed and quickness (more drills to increase your speediness)
-core training (a lot of tennis moves depend on a strong trunk)
-strength and power training (exercises to increase your upper and lower body strength)
-aerobic training (ways to increase your endurance)

Also included, a short section on injury prevention - only a page and a half on tennis elbow though (suggest Treat Your Own Tennis Elbow for more on that).

Just a ton of information here and I can't see anybody who plays tennis reading this book and not coming away with at least a few nuggets of wisdom. Get this book if you want to get in better physical shape to play tennis or if you're a coach and want more training tips and ideas.
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