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Health and Fitness Archive

Here you can find the answers to past questions that have been submitted to USTA.com's Ask the Lab column and answered by our team of experts as well as the Stonyfield Tips of the Month. Click here to submit your own question to Ask the Lab.

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Results: 19 Record(s) Found.

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
 

Stonyfield Tip of the Month: Are energy bars worth it?

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Energy bars seem like the perfect solution to fuel your active lifestyle, but are they worth it? That depends on your expectations. If you understand what’s behind the fancy packaging and make an informed decision, energy bars may have a role in fueling you on and off the court. Find out how in this Stonyfield Tip. Read More
 

Stay Loose: Add control to your shots, take a lesson from the NFL and hit the ball easier

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In describing famed football coach Bill Walsh’s coaching techniques, one young quarterback told of how Walsh stood directly behind him in an early practice session and kept telling him to throw the ball “easier.” What, you may ask, does this have to do with tennis? A great deal, it turns out. Read More
 

Shoulder the Load: Exercises to Control Your Strokes

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The shoulder may be the most important joint in the body for tennis players. These three exercises will strengthen the surrounding muscle groups of the shoulders and help you prevent injury while hitting bigger serves and ground strokes. Read More
 

Stonyfield Tip of the Month: Alcohol and Performance

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There are a lot of misconceptions about how alcohol fits into an athlete’s diet. Think you know the facts? Test your knowledge with the true or false questions in this Stonyfield Tip. Read More
 

The Lunge: Improve every stroke in your arsenal

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Having strong legs not only helps to enhance your performance, but it also helps prevent injuries. Add this exercise to your workout routine (with or without weights, depending on your existing leg strength and fitness goals) to improve your volleys, groundstrokes and more. Read More
 
Results: 19 Record(s) Found.
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