With summer here and Wimbledon on TV, I get inspired to be active. There’s nothing like getting into the gym and working up a sweat. It makes you feel good, look good, increases your endorphines, gets your blood pumping, helps your tennis..
Our team here at work is a very active bunch. We play tennis like it’s going out of fashion, we run, we hike, we bike, you name it. One of my favorite parts is that some of us that are avid gym goers. Working out with the web team here is one of the most rewarding forms of exercise I have ever experienced. They bust it out so hard in the gym, give their all, and everyone finishes the workout in a sweat. If you’re struggling, someone will toss an encouraging comment your way and you know that even though they’re hurting bad, you’re all working towards the common goal.
We’re all about interval training right now; short, intense and tough. It includes weight lifting, body-weight exercises like pull ups, burpees and push-ups, plyometrics, core, and so much more. The best part? We don’t even need a gym. Most of the stuff we do, can be done at home, and with the help of some nifty gadgets, you can basically have a home gym! I put together some products that will help you out in the gym, at home, or on the court to get fitter, faster, and better at tennis.
Strange fact about Siobhan: I LOVE court sprints. Nothing like increasing your speed and improving direction changes with the help of some targets. These Dome Cone Targets have so many functions, and are perfect for on or off court training. Not only can they be used for sprints and footwork drills, but they are also perfect hitting targets too. Increase your accuracy, consistency and focus by drilling with them on the practice court.
Want to work on back, chest, shoulders and arms? Push-ups. The Nike Push-Up Grips allow for a greater range of motion during push up exercises. They have an ergonomic design to relieve wrist stress typically felt during the standard push up motion, and this can be applied to all push-up exercises. Standard push-ups, military, and raised are just some of the exercises that the Push-Up Grips enhance, and they also allow you to go lower into the exercise than you normally would due to floor restrictions.
Get your heart rate up with the Nike Speed Rope. Cardiovascular health is so important and with this jump rope, you’re able to work on footwork and fitness. Conditioning is such an important part of tennis, and this rope is built to help with speed skipping. A skipping rope is easy to transport, versatile and effective in toning shoulders, legs and calves.
Use the Resistance Tube for warm up, cool down, strengthening and rehab exercises. It offers resistance that allows you to improve health, fitness and strength levels, and all with one little band because the variety of exercises you can do are endless. I’ve used one a lot before for a wrist injury and the benefits are obvious. It’s so easy to use, small enough to carry in your tennis or gym bag and it’s also available in two different resistance levels so can suit any athlete.
Need I say more? The Nike Yoga Mat is perfect for a yoga, pilates or stretching session. To make things a little more comfortable, enjoyable workout session. They are soft, non-slip and add stability to some exercises. They also provide you with physical and mental space from everything around you so you can zone out from the world, and zone into your own relaxation.
Yes, we’re a sweaty bunch, so items like this ATP Logo Players Towel can be used in the gym when you’re busting it out, at home doing your body weight exercises and ab workouts, or on the court when you’re grinding through a three-setter. A towel is a must-have for the sweat-friendly, gym-going athlete and this players’ towel hits the right spot.
Find the time in a busy work day to get a bit of exercise in, whether it’s a bike ride with friends, a jog on the beach or a sweaty gym session. And don’t forget to go and play some tennis, it’ll make you feel better, I promise.