Our search to provide the most comprehensive guide for tennis training, which integrates specialized strength and flexibility exercises to improve technique and stroking power, culminated in the development of this book. The main objective was to reveal a deeper understanding of how efficient technique and motor performance are deeply intertwined with specialized strength and flexibility. Most books written on fitness or player development cover the general principles of strength training but fail when it comes to showing how strength is a multifaceted quality and is very specific in nature. Typical training programs are based on very simple models addressing only strength or endurance. They rarely identify the different types of strength such as general and specific, relative and absolute, speed-strength, strength-endurance, explosive strength, etc. As a result, U.S. athletes have been limited in developing their true potential. We hope to help remedy this problem and at the same time introduce a method of training that is highly specialized and has shown tremendous results. For over thirty years the Eastern Bloc countries dominated most Olympic sports by applying the main concepts presented in this book. In tennis, the Czechs along with various European countries brought this training philosophy and method into their tennis schools. Unfortunately, most Americans have yet to subscribe to scientifically based training methods, which come mainly from the former Soviet Union and East Germany especially in the area of specialized strength training. Few individuals had the technical training and translation ability to uncover these advanced training methods. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Yessis, the foremost expert on Russian training methods has combined his expertise with Brad Albert, a teaching tennis professional for over twenty years, to bring this information to you in a simple, understandable manner.
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