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The Box Jump: Give your legs explosive strength

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Ground strokes and volleys both start with a split-step, during which the muscles of the legs absorb the shock of touching down on the ground, and are typically followed by an explosive movement in one direction or the other. Here is the box jump, a great plyometric drill that will help train your legs for explosive movements. Read More
 

To the Core: A strong core can be key to tennis success

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A strong core can help you stay injury-free and perform better. In every tennis shot, forces are transferred up from the ground through the core and to the upper body and racquet. To build a strong core, do exercises that focus on flexion, extension and rotation. Read More
 

Back Into It: Row your way to stronger serves and forehands

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Muscular balance is a key to injury-free tennis. By exercising both muscles in the front and the back of your body, you can accomplish this goal. In addition, keep in mind that the muscles of the back of the shoulder and upper back are vital in the follow-through phase of the serve and forehand. Read More
 

Off Your Chest: Using a Medicine Ball for Upper Body Strength

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The chest throw is an excellent exercise that requires only a medicine ball. The focus is on the pectoralis major, triceps, and serratus anterior. These muscles are engaged particularly during the upward or forward swing of the tennis serve, but they’re also used in most other strokes. Read More
 

Power Seat: Add more pop to your shots

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Nick Bollettieri of the Bollettieri Tennis Academy offers a drill to help you add more pop to your shots, without a lot of physical stress. All you need is a chair and a partner to toss you tennis balls.​ Read More
 

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