Fun. Fit. Fabulous. 10 Nike Tennis Spring Pieces worn on court and everywhere in between!

If you are anything like me or my tennis friends, your life is busy and you are usually juggling your outfits with your daily activities — from the gym, to work, to the court, to running errands, etc.! So we wanted to help you out and grabbed 10 super cute pieces from Nike and made several different outfits perfect for all areas of your day — from sporty to sassy to strong looks — we’ve got you covered!

OutfitCollageBannerLike the professional athletes of our sport, today’s tennis players don’t just play tennis anymore to get their exercise in — you can find them in the gym, running, hiking, taking barre classes, kickboxing, cross-fitting, etc. Which is why this blog is a shout out to those dynamic ladies out there who find themselves on the court, off the court, in the gym and every where in between on a daily basis. These are the looks the active, athletic tennis ladies live in.
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Five Things I Love this Week!

You can tell the next grand slam is approaching very soon as our warehouse has been over flowing with fun, new items! So I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you guys my 5 favorite items from TW this week!

5 favorites this week at Tennis Warehouse

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Tank top ready!

The warm summer days are here! And if you are anything like me or any of my tennis friends, this means valuable time in the sun working on your game and that tan. So I wanted to show off some of our cutest tank tops for practice, matches or the gym that will show off those arms. And to make sure your arms are tank top ready, I have a few exercises to help tone and tighten!

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These four exercises are really simple to add to your workout routine whether it’s at the end of a hit or while in the gym. You can do these 2-3 times a week to add a little extra focus on your arms. I suggest doing each of these exercises for 3 rounds and try to get in 10-15 reps in per round. Pick a weight that isn’t too heavy but is challenging enough that by the last couple reps your muscles are tired and feel a burn.
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Bags: Bring the house with you

adidas Ultimate Club Bag ($49.99)

Siobhan may have dubbed herself the bag lady, but I know a thing or two about bags, too. I mean, I do have a small obsession with handbags that has poured over into sport bags since I’m more likely to carry one of those these days. An active mom of a wee one needs room for diapering essentials, snacks, change of clothes for said wee one, workout clothes for mom, water for mom, water for baby, toys… I’m sure I’m forgetting something because I always seem to need something I left at home, and I’m not talking about the kitchen sink. As you can see, I need a spacious bag. I want something that’s going to fit everything I need, that looks good and that is affordable.

My go-to bag now is the adidas Ultimate Club Bag. It’s super cute, and I don’t go around throwing “super cute” around all willy nilly. This is a duffle all dressed up. The shape is unique and new, and I happen to love it. The main space is large enough to carry the laundry list of items from above without being overstuffed. The side mesh pocket can be used for my water bottle (yes, a Tennis Warehouse one), but honestly, in the morning, you’ll see my travel mug full of coffee stored there. The interior pockets carry my wallet, phone, etc, plus the ever essential Tide pen (not just for baby because mom is messy, too).

I have the print one, and if you’re wondering if the white gets dirty, I can say that I haven’t had much of a problem. I’ve toted this around for a while now, and it looks clean. I’ve washed it once, and it looked brand new afterward. I’ve had zero problems with zippers, and there aren’t any tears in the fabric. Not a fan of prints or still not convinced it’s easy to keep the white clean? Check it out in pink, too.

This bag is simply sweet for women on the go!

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW

The real world attacks- A tennis player’s experience with losing and gaining weight

I weighed 195 lbs at the end of my senior year in High School and had a body fat percentage of around 28% (based on bioelectrical impedance evaluations in PE).  I was playing 2-3 hours of tennis a day 7 days a week and I still had problems losing weight.

After my first year of college, I lost 40 lbs and went the opposite direction to most of my freshman colleagues. I’d say the biggest factor for the weight loss was the fact that I had declared Nutrition as my major and was taking my first year courses.

Before I started taking those classes I couldn’t even tell you how to read a Nutrition label, let alone figure out why if I was so active, would I be so overweight.  If I could, I’d make every American enroll in one basic Nutrition class; knowledge is a great motivator, aside from being an invaluable tool.  After the introductory class, nutrition labels were transformed from ignored puzzles to prized schematics. Building a good diet and knowing what nutrients to minimize and what to stay away from became as easy as color by number.  I supplemented my new diet with frequent visits to the gym, mixing aerobics with weight training and eating smaller meals/snacks more frequently; it’s like the fat melted off.

After I graduated, I started working full-time and even though I haven’t gained too much weight (12 lbs in 2 years), I feel (and look) more out of shape and less healthy than when I was in school.  There is a stark difference between being a student, simultaneously working part-time and working a full-time job and what that does to your motivation.

Being a student while working part-time gives you more flexibility with your schedule and affords the opportunity to utilize awkwardly timed breaks for the gym or to run errands and shop for meals.  Hitting the gym for an hour was convenient and easy to do in between classes or after work or studying.  If work takes up 8-9 hours of your day, you have to find the catalyst to push yourself to exercise, to go to the store and plan out your meals with the rest of your waking hours.  If there’s a farmer’s market in your area, that’s miles better than any grocery store (maybe not in selection, but in quality and freshness).

The socializing that’s inherent in most farmers markets makes the shopping process more of an activity as opposed to a chore, and I found that it was easier to base recipes/cook meals from whatever fresh ingredients I had on hand.

My last year in college I was in the best shape of my life; I was playing tennis three to four times per week and going to the gym on my off-days (and sometimes after my hit).  My body fat went down to about 11 percent (Hydrostatic weighing and bioelectrical impedance), and I was weighing in at about 160 lbs (height-5’11″).

Most days I made all three meals for myself and when I did go out I tried my best to go with the health conscious decisions.  This was the year I won my first singles tournament.  Granted, it wasn’t a huge draw but the point remains: I was playing better than I ever had because I knew that my speed and strength outmatched my opponents’.  The confidence that emanated from my increased fitness only made my shots and decisions that much more purposeful and merciless.

I can admit at end of a long day, nothing sounds better than going home, ordering some Thai or Chinese food, sinking into the couch in front of the television and letting the stresses of the day melt from my brain.  But I’ve realized (not only in theory but also in practice) that if I can find the dedication to work out, the energy gain comes after — and it’s soooo worth it.  The ends justify the means by leaps and bounds. You might lose an hour of sleep per day to the torture chamber that is the conventional gym, but when you’re flexing your abs on the beach that hour per day will seem priceless.  You can’t let apathy for your health mix with the ease of doing nothing, it’s the recipe for Jelly rolls.  Dig deep, it’s there- the drive, the desire to live a more healthful life, I believe it’s in all of us even if it’s miniscule and the key is to find it and feed it.

Jackson