Off-Season Training Update

It has been nice to have a bit of a break in the last few months. I have just had the one tournament in Texas and otherwise life has been very busy, but good at the same time! At this time of year with fewer tournaments, I like to get back onto a schedule of doing more off-court workouts, and harder practices. I try to do an upper-body workout every other day or so, and lots of sprinting and anaerobic type work throughout the week on the track or various machines. For the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to have a coach who works with me once or twice a week in the winter. We do some of these off-court sessions together, as well as drilling on the court at the club I work at. In return for his help, his 14 year old daughter hits with me during most of these sessions. That might sound like a weak partner for me, but as I mentioned a few times last summer, she is in the top 10 nationally for her age and has a bright future. She is very capable of hitting a good ball and giving me a good practice in the drill setting. I was lucky enough to have my girlfriend come to watch a recent practice, and she took some interesting videos of some of the types of training that we do on the court:

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Click to watch — Warmup & Sprinting

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How to get ready for a tennis tournament

Become a champion like Andy Murray by following our 4 important steps for preparing for a tournament!  Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Become a champion like Andy Murray by following our 4 important steps for preparing for a tournament! Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Summer usually means good weather and more tennis tournaments! I’ve been competing my fair share this summer, and as I get ready for my next tournament, I want to share with you a few of the most important things to focus on when getting ready for a competition. If you do these things, you’ll give yourself the best chance to perform at your highest level and have the most fun when you hit the courts…

1. Practice

The first and seemingly most obvious aspect of preparing for a tournament is practicing beforehand. Make sure to get plenty of high-quality hitting sessions with many different styles of players, because you never know what type of player you’ll face in the tournament. You could face all kinds of opponents that may be awkward to play (lefties, pushers, serve and volleyers, etc.), and you want to know how to handle each and every one of them. If you vary up your practice partners, you’ll naturally learn to adapt to different styles of play.

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Attention, ladies! Sports bra guide

Sorry guys, here comes the girl talk.

Any female athlete out there knows that finding a supportive sports bra to sweat in is half the battle! With female active wear gaining more attention and spotlight lately, there are more options than ever.

Sports Bra Options

The key to a successful sports bra includes support and comfort with an added bonus for looking great! Some bras hold you in well, but are suffocating, and unless you are in the craziest of shape and have NO body fat, you have the always hated issue of “back fat” (yep, I said it and I know you ladies know what I’m talking about!). Then there are those bras that fit great, but have no support.  So I decided to go on a scavenger hunt through the Tennis Warehouse website and try on as many sports bras as I could.  I found some great options that will fit all your needs from practicing and playing matches on the court, to weight training in the gym, and post-workout wear. Since I’ve had some requests to do some investigating for us ladies that are a little more endowed in this area than others, and yes, I seem to fit that bill and need that extra support when I’m on the court, so check out some of my findings.

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