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.


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 […]


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 […]

Burpees: the ultimate conditioning exercise

One-Leg Squat — the Most Important Exercise

If you could have one exercise that will train simultaneously your strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and mental toughness, would you do it? Such exercise does exist – it is called one-leg squat (or ‘pistol’ in some other athletic areas). You don’t need any fancy equipment or location, only a serious focus and strong will. As a result, your tennis fitness […]

One-leg squat

Rotator Cuff Stretch to Prevent Injuries

Most of the shoulder injuries happen because of the excessive forces that tennis creates on the tendons of the shoulder muscles. If the shoulder muscles are weak or tight or if there are imbalances, the motion in the shoulder doesn’t happen correctly and the constant repetitive forces of tennis strokes will create problems and injuries over time. In the past article […]


Shoulder External Rotation with a Resistance Band

The repetitive nature of tennis puts your body under severe stresses and potential injuries, especially in the knees, ankles, lower back and shoulders. Shoulder injuries are one of the most common in a tennis player because the shoulder muscles are relatively small and exposed to tremendous repetitive forces. Also, because of the large range of motion in the shoulder, the […]


Advanced Hamstring/Hip Flexor Stretch — Front Split

Hamstrings, the muscles in the back of the thigh, are very important for effective sprinting and powerful running strides on the tennis court. They bend the leg in the knee and straighten at the hip joint. Hamstring injury is a common occurrence in tennis. There are many reasons: insufficient flexibility, poor strength (especially in comparison to the quadriceps muscles in […]