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Tennis Breathing Exercises - Are you a Shonky breather?

Mar 23, 2020
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It is not uncommon to see tennis players walking around gasping for air and taking short shallow breaths.

We call this " Shonky Tennis breathing" and if you are a shonky breather, we need you to change it. 

We will show you how....

Learning to breathe at optimal levels during practice and play is critical for; 

  • Recovery (between points and sets) 
  • Energy production (Aerobic energy system relies on oxygen absorption) 
  • Added boost in force expression (Increased power output)
  • Endurance (having the ability to recover quicker on court, leads to a slower fatigue rate) 
  • Concentration (using breathing techniques to "reset" is important for staying focused or we call it tennis meditation

Breathing is what we call an involuntary action, which means we do it without having to think about it or worry about it until it is compromised, then we freak out and so we should!

This for me is the problem around breathing for tennis because we do not need to think or worry about it, it just happens, we do not put enough emphasis on trying to enhance it.

This is partly due to the fact we have so much to worry about (moving, hitting the ball, watching your opponent, etc) 

What I want you to think about today, is what if you realized that breathing “Better” could make you feel and play better.

That the one thing you have been doing all the time, if done better, could add to your game and that all you would need to do was learn how to do it a bit better at certain times.

Everyone can breathe otherwise they wouldn't be reading this. However, breathing for tennis efficiently is imperative. If you are an athlete or work with athletes you should know how to breathe at optimal levels for sports enhancement.

It takes time and practice, creating new habits always does.

Young players especially need to understand the importance and be shown how to breathe at optimal levels. 

A lot more players are doing meditation and deep breathing techniques to help with recovery, dealing with pressure, and “reset” between points.

It's never too late or too early to learn some Tennis Breathing Exercises. 


Tennis Breathing Exercises Tips

This short video will help get you started with 3 basic breathing techniques.

Apply them daily for the next 30 days and you will start to understand what I am talking about.

Night Time Breathing - 4:6:4 x 2-5min 

Pre-match or morning Breathing - Squat swing breathing x 10-20reps

Between Points Breathing - Reset breathing 3:3:6 x 1-3reps

By implementing these introductory tennis breathing exercises, you are not spending money, you can do them at your convenience and the time is minimal. 

So, give them a go and set yourself up on a better platform to practice, compete, and live.


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