Get flexible with the Athlete Stretch Strap

Fine. OK. Since we’re being honest, I will admit that when it comes to stretching I have not always been the most disciplined. Old habits die hard, and you could in fact say, that as a youth, I hated stretching. My flexibility has always been varied. I can touch my toes easily, but my hips are like steel rods. So stretching always consisted of a quick quad stretch, calves, achilles. Maybe sit on the ground and stretch my butt or hamstrings but in terms of quality or quantity? It was neither. Stretching is like flossing. I know it’s good for me. I know it’s going to help me be healthier. Growing up, my parents used to yell at me for not doing it. You could even offer me incentives for doing it, and I still wouldn’t want to. It was just one of those things. It took ages, it was uncomfortable and because I was playing so much tennis and was always tight, it took a lot of effort for very little payback. I even unwittingly signed up for a yoga class in my freshman year of college and spent the entire time either in serious amounts of pain because I couldn’t cross my legs like a normal person, or asleep on my yoga mat. The solution? The Athlete Stretch Strap.

Athlete Stretch Strap

With age comes wisdom, a general tolerance for things I previously hated and the realization that my back pain (I have a chronic lumbar injury) is greatly reduced with stretching. This is where the Athlete Stretch Strap comes in. I think a lot of people are discouraged because if it’s hard to touch your toes, then where do you even start without being in a lot of pain? Yeah, we all want to do everything we can to be better athletes or tennis players, but the level of discipline needed to consistently stretch is pretty high. The Stretch Strap simplifies everything. It really works as an extension of your arms, with convenient loop holes that cater to the measurements of any athlete.

The Athlete Stretch Strap is great for both before and after practice, as an injury prevention tool or recovery aid. What I like most about it is that it can be an aid for really getting into your stretches and pushing yourself or as a way to gently stretch areas that are otherwise really hard and painful to reach. It’s particularly good for stretching legs while lying on the ground, but it’s also good for arms and back while standing up too. It has loop holes along its whole length so it’s adjustable to whatever stretch or level of difficulty you’re looking for.

Examples of just one of the ways to use the Athlete Stretch Strap

As with most of my favorite products, these come in different colors: blue and the ever-so-feminine pink. The Athlete Stretch Strap is definitely one of those products that, with a little bit of commitment to a greater cause (your flexibility), makes a mundane and annoying task really that much easier. The joy of it is that it’s not limited to a certain type of person. Use one as a way to help with your regular stretch routine or as a way to increase general flexibility for greater well-being. It’s hard not to sound like a commercial going on about the benefits of this product so let’s put it this way: Stretching makes you feel great, can reduce pain or (hopefully) prevent injury. So do it. Want to make stretching easier? Use the Athlete Stretch Strap.

If you’ve been a slacker like me, find stretching never gets you anywhere or, I’ll just say it because I’ve been there, are just plain ol’ lazy, then heed my advice: take it from the stiffest, previously-most-stretch-lazy Kiwi in the US. The Athlete Stretch Strap is worth it. And the sense of achievement you feel when you can do basic movement without hurting? Worth it, mate.



Ice Down, so you can Fire Up

With all the tennis I play weekly, I’ve developed a mild case of tendinitis in my knees over the past year. One thing I’ve found to help alleviate the next day stiffness and pain is that age old remedy of icing. Makes sense and sounds easy enough, right? Just get some ice and put it on your knees. But when icing at home, using ice from your freezer can be more trouble than you think. The ice cubes can be too big or uncomfortable, not creating even distribution of cold, not to mention the bags that hold the ice can leak, causing a mess. Yes, these things have happened to me, and it’s a real drag.

Enter Ice Down.

Re-freezable cold packs with neoprene wraps. No ice cubes or possible leaky bags to deal with. Simple, yet convenient. Just pull the cold packs out of the freezer, insert them into the neoprene wraps and wrap them around your problem areas while securing them with that old versatile Velcro enclosure.

I, along with my avid running wife, use them all the time and find them not only soothing on our aches, but highly convenient as well. With a year of regular use under our belts, they’re still in great shape, and when we Ice Down, it helps us get ready to fire up for our next workout!

Order yours today!

Spencer, TW.

Beat the Heat

“Ole ole -ole ole/ ole ole-ole ole/ feeling hot hot hot/ feeling hot hot hot”

While growing up in the desert, temperatures easily reached into the high 110s during the summer. On top of that, tennis courts can range anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees hotter than the actual outdoor temperature. So when I played tennis in this type of heat, my goal was always to stay as cool as possible. Here are some helpful products to help you to not overheat.

Wearing a hat or visor is always my first go-to accessory on a sunny day. Nothing is more horrible than feeling like your face is being fried and serving directly into sunlight. At Tennis Warehouse, we have a wide selection of polyester and cotton hats and visors in all styles and colors. One of my favorite hats/visors is the Feather Light series from Nike. They feature mesh inset to keep you cool along with a lightweight feel.

Nike FeatherLight Hats and Visors

If hats and visors aren’t your thing, make sure to protect your eyes from the sun. The Bolle Competivision series of sunglasses not only offer 100% UV protection, but the teal green lenses increase the visibility of the tennis ball on the court as well. They are available in four different styles.

Bolle Compeitivision Sunglasses

During a changeover, my goal is to cool down my body as much as possible. I always bring two towels, one dry towel and one wet one. The Tourna Sport Towel and Liquicool Towel are perfect options. The LiquiCool is the perfect towel for instant relief from the heat. Another cooling accessory is the LiquiCool Bandana. It has crystals that expand when wet to turn into a cooling gel. You can wear this when you play to keep the back of your neck cool. And it comes in seven different colors.

Tourna Towel and Bandana

Lastly, it is very important to stay hydrated. I always make sure I drink a lot of water and also some sort of electrolyte drink on each changeover. The Tennis Warehouse Stainless Steel Water Bottle holds 26 fluid ounces, as well as being BPA free and dishwasher safe. The perfect way to keep your drink cool!

TW Stainless Steel Water Bottle

And don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

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