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The New Toughness Training For SportsForeword by Chris Evert
Foreword by Dan Jansen

1. The Real Meaning of Toughness
2. Accessing Your Performer Self
3. The Competitor as Actor
4. Are You Tough Enough?
5. Why Aren't You Tough Enough?
6. Why Can't You Tough It Out?
7. Understanding Stress and Recovery
8. Overtraining and Undertraining
9. Training Recovery
10. The Importance of Getting Your Real Needs Met
11. The Role of Awareness
12. Training in Cycles: Understanding Periodization
13. Learn from the Military
14. Getting Tough Physically
15. Getting Tough Mentally
16. Training Brain Waves
17. Challenging Your Weaknesses
18. The Endless Journey
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About The Author

About the Author

Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, and author of 16 books including his most recent, The Only Way to Win. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.


Loehr has written a number of books on mental discipline (e.g., Toughness Training for Life, LJ 8/93) in the past ten years. Like the others, this is essentially a self-help book for athletes. As such, it sports a host of buzzwords like "ideal performance state" (IPS), "competitive adjective profile" (CAP), and "adaptation threshold" to communicate its simple message. Toughness training aims to improve an individual's emotional flexibility, responsiveness, strength, and resiliency through imaging activities, emotional response practice, and "acting the way you want to feel." "Tough" phrases, principles, messages, and lessons are frequently set out in special type. Self-help books have an audience, and public libraries might want to consider this title by a well-known sports psychologist.-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.

Loehr (Mental Toughness Training for Sports), who has helped train athletes for sports ranging from tennis to hockey, here concentrates on the emotional element of training, pointing out that toughness has nothing to do with the reputed killer instinct or insensitivity of the athlete. Rather, he believes that toughness depends on emotional flexibility, responsiveness and strength, and demonstrates itself in an athlete's ability to perform consistently in the upper ranges of his or her skill. Loehr discusses in detail the problems of stress, innate in any competitive endeavor, and recovery from it. Striking a balance between stress and recovery, he maintains, is a constant must-win battle. The text is supplemented by self-analysis charts and questionnaires. This book should help nearly any athlete at any level. (Nov.)

"A no-nonsense, truly effective training system for getting tougher in sports."-Jim Courier, World No. 1 tennis player

"Jim's book is in a class by itself. It is a must for any athlete to become a better competitor."-Chris Evert, world tennis champion

"This is the program that helped me win the gold!"-Dan Jansen, world champion speed skater

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