Category Archives : Strength

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Mini Workout — Legs, Core and Foot Work

Leg strength, core strength, balance, coordination and flexibility – that’s what you need to work on to become sufficiently fit to play good tennis. Most of the players realize how important role the fitness plays in tennis, and they visit the gym on a regular basis. In Los Angeles where the weather is sunny almost the entire year, a tough […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

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 […]


Plank with Hip Twists for Strong Core

Having a strong core is one of the most important things in any skilled athletic movement, and tennis especially. Strong supporting muscles around the spine will decrease the risk of low back pain or injury. And besides that, if you add a good and healthy diet into your training regimen, your strong abs will look terrific as well. On the other […]


Jumping Lunges for Power and Explosiveness

Tennis players at all levels and ages are regularly participating in strength training, which is very important for maximizing performance and preventing injuries. But ultimately, speed and explosiveness of the movement determines who is stronger, faster and quicker on the tennis court. Plyometric exercises help to develop these qualities. During plyometric movements the muscles become loaded, coiled, compressed and then released […]


Side Plank with Leg Lift for Strong Core

Think how many times you bend and twist during your normal day, and how many times you twist and untwist your upper body on the tennis court. The muscles responsible for the motion are obliques, located on the sides of your core and often forgotten about. We use the obliques much more than we realize. Your athletic performance will improve dramatically […]