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Donald Chu, training consultant to the United States Tennis Association and top tennis pros, defines power as speed applied to strength. In Power Tennis Training he shows players at all levels how to put more power into their game.
Power Tennis Training combines a variety of training methods specifically designed to increase tennis players' endurance, strengthen the muscles they use most often, and enhance their speed. These methods are integrated into 3 training blocks that each feature a mix of different workouts. Each block lasts 4 weeks, providing an easy-to-follow 3-month workout cycle that can be repeated again and again.
Workouts in the first block focus on enhancing endurance and developing strength in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In the next two blocks, workouts are designed to help players become faster and hit the ball harder by applying strength more effectively to their tennis strokes.
Part I describes the individual exercises and drills that make up the workouts in the Power Tennis Training program. Using numerous illustrations to ensure correct technique, Chu demonstrates
- exercise principles for tennis players,
- warm-up and stretching exercises,
- weight training,
- trunk exercises,
- medicine ball exercises,
- court drills,
- safety and injury prevention, and
- overall fitness and conditioning testing.
Part II integrates the exercises and drills described in Part I into workouts that make up each of the training blocks.
Chu's practical, year-round, tennis-specific conditioning program will help tennis players at all levels apply more explosive power on the court.
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"This book will benefit all players serious about improving their strength and conditioning."
E. Paul Roetert, PhD Administrator of Sport Science United States Tennis Association
"Don Chu, one of the country's foremost training and fitness experts, has put together a tremendously complete, easy-to-follow workbook. It has my unqualified endorsement."
Dick Gould Men's Tennis Coach Stanford University
"As a professional tennis player following Dr. Chu's program, I feel stronger and faster, and I am free of injuries that have normally inhibited my career. Correct exercise technique is vital to receiving all of the benefits from the program."
Marianne Werdel Professional Tennis PlayerAbout the Author:
A frequent contributor to the National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal, Donald Chu is a leading authority on power training and conditioning. In addition to serving as a consultant for the United States Tennis Association, Chu has been a conditioning consultant for the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Lions, and Chicago White Sox. He is owner, director, and consultant to individual athletes at the Ather Sports Injury Clinic in northern California.
Dr. Chu earned his PhD in physical therapy and physical education from Stanford University and is a professor emeritus of kinesiology and physical education at California State University, Hayward. In 1978, his only year as a head coach, Dr. Chu was named the Far Western Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year. He is a registered physical therapist, a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Training Association, and an National Strength and Conditioning Association-certified strength specialist.
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