Dr. Yessis

Dr. Yessis

Dr. Michael Yessis received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. and M.S. from City University of New York. He is president of Sports Training, Inc., a diverse sports and fitness company. Dr. Yessis is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, where he was a multi-sports specialist in biomechanics (technique analysis) and sports conditioning and training.

Dr. Yessis has served as training and technique consultant to several Olympic and professional sports teams. He has also trained hundreds of athletes in different sports and developed unique specialized strength exercises that duplicate what takes place in execution of the game skills. By doing these exercises athletes improve skill technique and the physical qualities (strength) specific to the technique. By doing these exercises athletes improve their performance on the field very quickly.

During his fifty plus years of working with athletes, and as president of Sports Training Inc, Dr. Yessis developed what has come to be known as the “Yessis System” . His three-step method has been successfully used to improve athletes in football, soccer, baseball, basketball, track and other sports.  Most notable is the improvement in skill technique (form) and the strength specific to the skill execution.

Dr. Yessis is considered this country’s foremost expert on sports technique. Dr. Yessis has written 17 books in the sports and fitness field including Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Exercise, Build A Better Athlete, Sports: Is It All B.S.?, and his latest, The Revolutionary 1x20RM Strength Training Program.

He has also written more than 2,500 articles on fitness and sports training that have appeared in magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, Shape, Scholastic Coach, Fitness Management, National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal and Track and Field Coaches Review, Peak Performance, Running Times and he is also a contributor to Football Gridiron.

In addition, he completed four renowned DVDs;  Exercise Mastery, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for the Quarterback, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Baseball and Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Softball, as well as the CD books Explosive Tennis: The Forehand, and Explosive Tennis: The Backhand. Dr. Yessis presently serves on the advisory board and is a clinical advisor for the American Running Association.


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