The Tennis Biomechanic's Manual: the Grand Slam of Tennis Conditioning

9781583870082: The Tennis Biomechanic's Manual: the Grand Slam of Tennis Conditioning

In order for any tennis player to improve his or her game, they need to improve upon and condition the most important tool used ... their body!

Authors Leigh Brandon and Paul Chek combine their skill and expertise to explain not only the biomechanics of playing tennis but also the importance of proper self-conditioning to achieve peak performance. Written for fitness professionals or tennis pros interested in exercise and conditioning tennis players, the information presented in this book is an in-depth, detailed look at how different systems in the body affect the game of tennis. Keen tennis players will also greatly benefit from following the seven phases of conditioning that make up The Grand Slam approach to training.

Be warned - this is not a quick and easy solution to improving anyone's game. It will require an investment of time and energy on the part of both the trainer and the player. Let's face it, if conditioning for any sport was quick and easy, we would all be elite athletes! But by using the Grand Slam approach and following the Flexibility - Stability - Strength - Power formula, tennis players will see a significant improvement in their game within a short time.

The Tennis Biomechanic s Manual explains:
- Why tight muscles affect the serve and groundstrokes.
- How correct stretching before a game can improve performance and why some types of pre-game stretches can actually make the tennis player s game deteriorate.
- The difference between functional strengthening exercises for tennis and bodybuilding-type exercises that are not beneficial for the game.
- Understand why breaking the Flexibility - Stability - Strength - Power formula can break your body!
Clients using The Grand Slam formula have eliminated back, shoulder, elbow and knee pain and increased both distance and precision in their serves and groundstrokes within three months!

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About the Author:

Leigh specializes in injury rehabilitation and sports conditioning and has worked in this field since 1996. In addition to his practitioner skills, he is an author of four fitness books and two e-books, an international presenter and a member of the C.H.E.K Institute Faculty. Leigh also developed and teaches The CHEK Tennis Conditioning Series Advanced Training Program for the C.H.E.K Institute.Leigh presents at conferences and teaches courses around the world to personal trainers, strength coaches, physiotherapist and osteopaths.

Leigh has helped many people overcome back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, achieve their ideal weight and has helped athletes both amateur and professional improve performance, win medals and eliminate recurring injuries. Leigh s clients have included British and European champions and record holders and Olympic athletes.

Leigh's approach has enabled him to help clients with the most difficult conditions to achieve success where other modalities have previously failed. His experience has shown that the conventional approach to pain, health, exercise and nutrition are often ineffective. Leigh is passionate to help people achieve their physical and mental potential using a holistic approach to ensure long term health, vitality and optimal performance.

Leigh's Professional Qualifications
C.H.E.K Practitioner Level 4, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, CHEK Golf Performance Specialist, Metabolic Typing Advisor, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist. Leigh also completed accreditation with The UK Strength and Conditioning Association in 2007.

Testimonials from Leigh's Clients

I originally decided to see Leigh to help me overcome back pain that was preventing me from playing tennis. Prior to seeing Leigh, I had physiotherapy which was covered by medical insurance and after one year of treatment, the condition hadn't improved.

Leigh s knowledge is not only exceptionally detailed but also covers an amazingly wide range of areas. He never guesses about your health issues and is always first to research and ask for advice from other professionals. This enables him to give you the very best programme he can. Leigh has written 2 exercise programmes for me, the first relieved all my lower back pain and during the second my physical attributes increased greatly.

I would recommend Leigh to anyone, but the results I achieved were as much as a result of my hard work and attitude as it was down to the quality of the advice and support I received throughout my treatment, and therefore anyone thinking of using Leigh must have the inner desire to embrace change in their own life to achieve the large results Leigh enables you to make.
- Josh Stokes, Tennis Player, UK

I was recommended to Leigh as a fitness specialist by my tennis coach as I was in need of improving my leg strength and stability to take my game to the next level, but it was painful for me to put any weight on my left knee so was in need of help. I also had a painful left shoulder, which as giving me constant discomfort while I practiced serves and my back was also a problem.

Through a detailed procedure Leigh found out the most effective way to build strength and muscle for my specific genetics. I left that day with an action plan which I stuck to for the designated 7 weeks; changing slightly each week incorporating different stretches and exercises. I still to this day use the exercises to help maintain a strong core which has really been the cause in my success over the last couple of months. All of my injuries have now vanished and its safe to say I wouldn't be were I am today if it wasn't for working with Leigh.
- Connor Ellerbeck, Tennis Player, UK


It s raining outside and the local indoor courts are booked or just too cheekily expensive. A familiar problem facing many players as the winter sets in so what can we do to keep up our tennis level? Or, even better, what can you do now to be a better player when the sun shines again?

In the last couple of days I have been at the BTCA (British Tennis Coaches Association) Conference. It is always a great opportunity to hear about the latest innovations in tennis coaching. This year on court we had sessions from Jamie Delgado and Enrique Goldberg, both ATP Tour Coaches (more about their tour tips later!). It was one of the off-court lectures that caught my eye. Leigh Brandon, an expert in injury rehabilitation and sports conditioning, presented on tennis conditioning in players with a focus on the importance of flexibility and stability.

Many players and coaches make the mistake of placing too much emphasis on strength and power training. It feels (and looks!) good to lift weights and build muscle but, Leigh argues, if you don t have flexibility and stability, you are missing a trick and will almost definitely have problems later in life.

Leigh has developed a program for tennis players called the Grand Slam Tennis Conditioning Program (neat name!). The key to great conditioning is to follow the program in order. Optimise flexibility and stability and you will massively reduce your chance of injury. Strength can then be developed and power will be the icing on the cake.

This isn t a blog where I start to give you lots of exercises to do but if have heard of Pilates then it is time to sign up or get the DVD in your stocking!

1. Flexibility
2. Stability
3. Strength
4. Power
However, it is not all about exercise. You need to live healthy to be a better player. Let s visit the 4 doctors for some advice:

Dr Quiet Sleep is essential the majority of people need 8 hours of sleep each night you ll need more if training hard.

Dr Diet You are what you eat. Don t become a mince pie.

Dr Movement Daily movement is essential to keep trim, reduce the likelihood of illness and countless other benefits. Basically - switch off the TV and go for a walk on Christmas day!

Dr Happiness you must have a life that fits with your CORE values. The happier you are, the healthier you will be.

(More information on the 4 Doctors can be found in Paul Chek s ebook The Last 4 Doctors You ll Ever Need)

This will all sound pretty simple and so it should do. It s not rocket science and, as with tennis coaching, the simpler it is the more effective it will be.

At the start of the blog I mentioned the ATP Tour Coach, Jamie Delgado. He showed us some drills that he uses on the tour with pro players. They were basically the same as we do on the courts of Oxford or London. The key though is that the pros are able to be consistent throughout the session, hitting the ball with power and accuracy. They are able to do this because they are in great condition they have flexibility (just watch Djokovic...) and stability and, of course but not only, strength and power.

So, if you want to improve your tennis this winter without lifting a racket, focus on yourself. Dig out that Pilates DVD and work on that core; eat well; sleep well; move lots; and be happy. --Jonathan Markson Tennis blog 11th December 2015

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