Author Archives : Suzanna McGee


About Suzanna McGee

A former Ms. Natural Olympia Bodybuilding champion, currently performance coach, injury prevention specialist, plant-based nutrition coach, author, speaker and raw vegan athlete. Loves to help others by sharing her knowledge, and to hang out with her favorite chocolate Labrador Zuzi. Find Suzanna on , Facebook and Amazon.


Upper Back Row with Theraband

Tight shoulders or neck and tension headaches can be very unpleasant and almost everybody will experience them occasionally and some even regularly. Bad posture with head forward, tight chest muscles and weak upper back muscles are the culprit. If you look around, people with round upper backs and heads forward are a very common sight. The older they are, the more […]


Hip Flexor Myofascial Release to Relieve Low Back Pain

The hip flexor muscle, also known as iliopsoas, can cause severe pain if it gets tight. Its main function is to flex the thigh. The constant running and lunging on the tennis court can easily overwork the hip flexors. They get short and tight and very often will form trigger points. The hip flexors are actually two different muscles: the psoas […]


Healthy Nutrition for Optimal Tennis Fitness

To the majority of tennis players performance enhancement means practicing their tennis strokes: to identify the weak link – forehand, backhand, serve or volleys – and then focus on the improvement; or maybe to strengthen their strengths, or work on the tennis fitness. Maybe a few work on the mental toughness as well. But how about if you get into a […]


Upper Back Myofascial Release to Relieve Neck and Back Pain

In the majority of the tennis strokes, you have to perform an upper body rotation, rotating and loading in your hips. But a lot of trunk rotation also comes from the thoratic (upper back) spine. Overuse and small micro tears cause the upper back muscles to tighten to protect themselves. If the upper back becomes weak and tight you can experience […]


Chest Myofascial Release for Flexible Chest

Chest muscles, also known as pectorals, are very often overused and shortened in a tennis player. They can become stiff from overtraining and cause shoulder problems, poor breathing, and a hunched back. Stretching of your chest muscles is important, but sometimes does not do the job because it is difficult to reach deep. Frequently, trigger points form in the chest […]


Hip Pain Relief with Myofascial Release of TFL Muscle (tensor fasciae latae)

Pain in the hips and knees is a major source of distress for a serious tennis player. If you have aches in your hips or knees, you cannot move freely because every step will remind you of your discomfort. Common pain explanations are: arthritis, ligament injury or deterioration of joint cartilage. But very often the problem is not that serious. The […]


IT Band Myofascial Release for Knee Pain Relief

It is very likely that almost every tennis player will experience knee pain at one point in their career. Playing tennis on the hard courts (the only courts in Los Angeles) is tough on the joints and surrounding muscles. The overuse of the quadriceps muscles result in build up of trigger points – extremely painful spots anywhere in your muscles. […]


Static Stretching Routine After the Tennis Practice

Stretching after your tennis practice has enormous benefits. If you play on the hard courts a lot, the muscles and joints get a lot of beating. A thorough stretch afterwards will lengthen the tight and overused muscles and recreate balance between the left and right side of your body. Remember that you don’t want to do any static stretching before your […]


Functional Crossover Lunge for Tennis

In the modern tennis game the player’s fitness and conditioning is more and more important. For the player who strives for improvement, the off-court tennis fitness training should be as crucial as tennis play itself – with the focus on strength, explosive power, balance, agility, coordination, endurance and injury prevention. In tennis the key element is great movement – if you […]


Burpees: the ultimate conditioning exercise

Burpee — the Ultimate Conditioning Exercise

A fit tennis player needs to have a strong, explosive, and well-coordinated body with great stamina and flexibility. If there is one exercise that can achieve all this—it is the burpee. It works your cardio-vascular system and almost all the major muscle groups in the body, such as legs, core, chest, shoulders, and arms. It is a popular exercise in […]