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Lessons from Pole Dancing for Tennis Fitness Training

I was playing tennis every day, seven days a week. And do the fitness training and injury prevention several times a week just to be able to play so much. Life was good, and I loved being on the court. Until one day in spring 2016—and I don’t even know how and why it happened—I decided to try a pole […]

lessons from pole dancing for tennis fitness

Undergrip Shoulder Dislocates

In the last article about the benefits of Shoulder Dislocates for Healthy Shoulders we practiced the overgrip dislocate exercise: the stick is in front of you and the palms are facing you, backward.  Another version—a possibly slightly harder one, called undergprip shoulder dislocates—is when the stick is behind you and the palms are facing forward. You may need to get your grip a little […]


Hollow and Arch Body Hold for Core Strength Endurance

Body holds and other bodyweight exercises are quite underestimated. They look simple but when you start doing them, you realize how hard they are. Especially if you carry a little bit extra weight, then you really struggle. Bodyweight exercise give your brain a strong signal to decrease your “dead weight” (fat) because it is not efficient to carry it around. They […]

hollow and arch body hold

Simple and Instant Relief from Tight Groin (Adductors)

Your athletic performance and life well-being are often limited by your most significant weaknesses, mental or physical. For the physical weaknesses your major goal should be to find them and improve them as much as possible to prevent future overuse injuries and to improve your performance. Often, tennis players have unilateral weakness (on one side, often on the non-dominant side) […]


Don’t Believe in Overtraining

Whether you are an elite tennis player, recreational player, other athlete, fitness warrior, or if you exercise mostly for health and wellbeing, you probably want to improve. Tangible improvements motivate us to keep going. Persistence, discipline and perseverance is needed in any activity where you want to achieve high level skills and mastery. In fitness training we train longer, more […]


Glute Stretch to Perform Daily

The Best Glute Stretch That You Should Do Daily

The majority of people, and especially athletes, have their glutes shortened and too tight. The harder we train, the more demands on the glutes, and if we don’t take a good care of them, they get dysfunctional. While some may think sometimes that a tight booty is a good thing, not here, not now :-). If you want to perform […]


Align Hips with Straight-Leg Hip Twist

Align hips with straight-leg hip twist stretch—an important stretch for tennis players, as it rotates and relaxes the muscles of the spine while the muscles of the hip are contracted. The hips are the power center of your body: they connect the lower body and the upper body to work in unity while providing stability, strength, and flexibility to both upper and lower body.

Align hips with straight-leg hip twist

Get Healthy Shoulders with Chest Myofascial Release

Why Chest Myofascial Release   There is probably no person who doesn’t have tight chest. Some more, some less, but the lifestyle we live these days makes it almost impossible to have a nice stretched out chest. Of course, unless you actively work on it with chest myofascial release. Tight chest muscles also cause rounded shoulders, tight neck, tension headaches, […]


Relieve your tight lower back with the Scorpion exercise

Almost everybody, athlete or not, has the unpleasant feeling of stiff or achy lower back sometimes. Often, the more you sit, the worse it gets. To feel better, we tend to stand up and bend over to stretch that tight back a little bit. It may relieve the tension for a short time, however, bending over is not the right […]

Scorpion exercise to relieve your tight back

Perspective

Psoas the troublemaker – Eliminate pain by sitting less

Buried deep in a trunk, the psoas muscle connects the lower and upper body together. With his helper iliacus, psoas muscle is more known as “hip-flexor”, aka  iliopsoas. Psoas assists in walking upright, standing up and in almost every athletic movement. The psoas muscle may seem like one long muscle passing multiple joints, but  in reality it contains on average […]