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Tennis Mobility Exercises

 

If you have been following us for a while, you will know we are big on strengthening athletes, getting them flexible and mobile.

These are always our initial priorities no matter the age or tennis capabilities of the player.

Most people have a good understanding of what tennis strength training is and almost everyone knows about flexibility.

What about mobility? What is it, what are the benefits of having healthy mobility ranges and how do you improve it?

Let me briefly explain these answers from my own experience and understanding.

Mobility relates to joint movement and also what we call “The kinetic chain” Chain of movement, rather than an isolated hold. 

Imagine a chain laid out on the ground. Each chain piece represents a joint. Now if we needed the chain to function at full capacity we would need each piece to be loose and free to move adequately right? Otherwise, other pieces will have to do extra work, or the fused piece will get damaged. This is how mobility...

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5 Steps to an Effective Tennis Warm Up

Among all your match day routines, there is nothing that is more important than effective pre-match tennis warm-up. It not only prepares your body for competition but also reduces the risk of tennis injury and it helps get you mentally ready for the competition too.

The obstacle for some players is an understanding of what works best. As tennis fitness trainers, we are constantly hearing from players: I am not sure what to do for tennis warm-up before I play.

The good news is that it doesn't need to be complicated to be structured.

Here are 5 steps to achieve effective tennis warm-up, which should take you around 10-15 minutes to complete.

Perfect Timing- Allocate 10-15 minutes to complete your tennis warm-up and then allow that same period of time for a breather before you step on the court.

1. CARDIO

3-5 minutes of either skipping or running (forward, backward, and lateral) is the perfect way to start your tennis warm-up. Remember...

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5 Steps to an Effective Tennis Warm Up

Among all your match day routines, there is nothing that is more important than effective pre-match tennis warm-up. It not only prepares your body for competition but also reduces the risk of tennis injury and it helps get you mentally ready for the competition too.

The obstacle for some players is an understanding of what works best. As tennis fitness trainers, we are constantly hearing from players: I am not sure what to do for a tennis warm-up before I play.

The good news is that it doesn't need to be complicated to be structured.

Here are 5 steps to achieve effective tennis warm-up, which should take you around 10-15 minutes to complete.

Perfect Timing- Allocate 10-15 minutes to complete your tennis warm-up and then allow that same period of time for a breather before you step on the court.

1. CARDIO

3-5 minutes of either skipping or running (forward, backward, and lateral) is the perfect way to start your tennis warm-up. Remember the aim is to...

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Professional Player's Tennis Training Diary

 

 

Watching their favorite professionals claim big wins on the world's most famous courts is inspirational for many club level players but it is the hard work behind the scenes that might provide the most powerful lesson. Giselle Martin, fitness trainer to Casey Dellacqua shares her tennis training diary from Birmingham to show how hard the professionals work at their preparation.


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Early Challenges
The grass-court season officially begins for Casey Dellacqua in Birmingham. With a big day in both singles and doubles, we are up at 7 am, have breakfast at 8 am and are ready for our scheduled pick up at 9 am.

And this is where we face one of our first challenges of the short grass-court swing. In England, the rules won’t allow you to hit before 10 am, which means we need to be extremely organized to ensure everything runs smoothly. Accordingly, we squeeze in a tennis warm-up in the gym, including some shoulder rehab exercises, at 9.30 am.

With grass court time so...

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