One Thing at a Time
What happens at home when you do too many things at once? If you’re like us, dinner gets burned, clothes get wrinkled and the phone goes unanswered. Now, let’s take that lesson to the pool;
Ladies, a female swimmer can make huge strides in power, speed, efficiency and endurance by working on improving only one training variable at a time. Called Parametric Training, it’s an important part of a number of many swim training programs. Once one particular variable has been mastered, (for example breathing) the next variable (for example stroke length) can be introduced.
Drink Like a Fish
As Mr Brinkley, your High School Science teacher told you, its scientific name is H-2-O. Commonly known as Water. Look into it, girls;
Fluid intake is essential on dry land. But it’s especially important during swim training and competition. Even though swimmers work in water and may not appear to sweat, there’s still considerable fluid loss in an average session. Have a bottle of fluid with you on poolside and
The serve is one of the most important strokes in tennis, the other being the service return.
Keep your Serving hand relaxed
Hold the ball like you would an egg and make sure you don’t hold it too tightly.
Relax your whole arm before you start your motion.
Use a stiff arm toss
That means that, your tossing forearm shouldn’t move for at least 3 seconds after you release the ball.
This is the most important point to keep in mind.
You want a steady toss and you want to place the ball in the same spot on every toss.
Because it helps you to focus only on your release point.
Start off slow
Your toss should start off slow and you need to flow into your motion.
Never do a quick toss during your motion, because this will only disrupt your timing on your serve.
Think slow, slow, and then whip through the ball with your service motion.
I don’t want to get too technical here on you
Firstly, getting the right direction to the smash. This comes down to court awareness and the position of your body and leading arm. Get any of these wrong and you won’t hit the part of the court you were aiming for.
Secondly to get more power, you need the strength and power in the muscles that contract in order to play the shot, so the shoulders and forearm muscles need to be worked. To help keep balance and direction strong core muscles are also vital for stability.
Thirdly you need to hit the shuttlecock at the right point. To do this you should always be behind the shuttle, so that you make contact with it directly in front of you, ideally hit at the highest point forwards of your racket shoulder.
Your wrist should be ‘cocked’ or bent backwards before the shot and then snapped forwards at the point of impact to hit the shuttle with maximum power. This should resemble a whipping action.
Finally in order to get in to the right position, you
If you’re planning on beating the heat with a dip in the pool this summer, you should make sure to follow a few simple safety steps:
- When you go swimming, swim near a lifeguard if one is available. If you are swimming in an area that doesn’t have one, make sure you never go swimming alone.
- Seek out any warning signs that might be posted where you’re swimming, and make sure you obey them. While rules may seem irritating and even unnecessary at times, they are there for your own safety and the safety of those around you.
- If you have any children with you, make sure you keep a close eye on them. Don’t let them wander out of your sight. Even if there are lifeguards around, your child is ultimately first and foremost your responsibility.
- While it can be relaxing to kick back with a few beers, swimming while intoxicated is a terrible idea. You put yourself and everyone around you at risk. Drink responsibly, and wait a fair amount of time before going into the water.
- If you’re at a swimming pool, don’t run. You’ve been told this since you were three, but it’s still true. When smooth
Write down your tennis goals.
Twice a day, once in the morning and then again at night.
Carry them around with you and look at them during your downtime.
Visualize your goals.
Your picture may not be clear at first, but just keep doing it every day.
With practice, they will become clearer and clearer for you.
Visualization doesn’t work for most people because they don’t do it long enough.
It’s the law of practice.
The more you do something, the better you get at doing it.
This is where you have to be careful.
Don’t just take any action, take inspired action towards reaching your tennis goals.
This means you should be feeling good when taking this action or stop doing it!
Tennis is a FEEL game in the learning stage, but it’s all MENTAL in the competition phase.
Write that down and refer back to it.
Focus on being the best that you can be at every giving moment of your day and never lose sight of your goal (To reach your full potential).
This beautiful slow swimmer whose beauty and grace for many a morning we caught each others eye as she gently swam on. Soon we became familiar sights, me on the path, she swimming on by, for now she even stopped and waved, tempting me to join on in. As I stood speechless as she swam by I could tell she wanted me to join her, and the next morning I did. I will never forget that summer. That one summer where for four weeks every morn at half past ten we swam together, poetry in motion gliding through the gentle waves. Afterwards we’d rest on a nearby pier and a friendship was forged, but nothing more.
When summer was over we said our good-byes. I was hoping that next summer we could resume our friendship and our morning swim. All through that winter I was hoping for more. When the next summer finally came I’d run down to the lake and jumped on in for at half past ten, hoping to see my slow swimmer once again. I stood there waiting, the water still cool. I kept looking but she didn’t come. A sadness came over me
A major concern is that the chemicals in the pool will harm the infant’s developing lungs. Chlorine’s byproduct trichloramine could be detrimental to a child’s health. In the past, chlorine was though of as a good thing because it disinfected the pool. However, researchers are looking into how chlorine affects children. It is hypothesized that there is a correlation between chlorine and childhood asthma and recurrent bronchitis. Significant concern centers around very young children who are exposed to the aerosols and toxic gases found in the air of indoor chlorinated pools.
Alfred Bernard, a Belgian researcher, has led the most recent studies. He warns we need stricter regulations of air quality in indoor pool areas where infants are exposed. Until more conclusive studies can be performed, it is important to prevent a potential harmful situation. Last year Bernard published a study that linked indoor chlorinated swimming pools to prevalence of asthma in children of various countries.
Generally, trichloramine is not considered a problem in well-ventilated areas. However, pools reduce ventilation to save money on energy costs.
Since children generally swim in shallow pools that are more heavily polluted and often accidentally swallow water, it likely
Commitment To Excellence
The top players train their mind, bodies and spirit everyday.
Through this daily training, they are able to strengthen all 3 at the same time!!
The key factor being.
How they train.
They train at a high level, even when they aren’t feeling good, and this is the sign of an elite player, who is determined to be the best they can be.
How about you?
Do you train and give your all in practice everyday?
Clearly Define Goals.
Your tennis goals need to be written down on paper and posted up for you to see and picture daily to yourself.
You also need to keep writing them down and rewriting them in present tense.
This create the clarity that you need when working on your goals.
How often do you write down your tennis goals?
Play To Win.
The top tennis players play to win all the time.
They never even enter a tennis match, until they have won that match in their minds first!!
This allows them to pre-program themselves for victory on the court.
The point is important so you think you can work through it. The pain worsens so you stop. Once you stop, the pain usually disappears. You have just experienced a side stitch.
The side stitch is caused by a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. When we inhale, air comes into the lungs and presses the diaphragm downward. When we exhale, the diaphragm moves upward. When you eat a big meal right before you play tennis or when air has gotten trapped below the diaphragm, a cramp (stitch) can occur.
How can you get past a side stitch? The best immediate action is to try to stretch out the cramping muscle. This can be done by alternating your breathing pattern. Take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds. Then force the air back out through puckered lips to restrict the air flow. Other professionals have mentioned that crouching down and stretching tall helps by flexing the abs.
Best way to avoid side stitches? Increase your fitness and conditioning training to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Make sure that you do not consume too much food or liquid prior to play because the added
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water on a hot summer day. But there is also a lot of chance for a child, or a person can be in danger while in the water beach, pool, or the like. Here are some ways to ensure that your child is danger-proof while in the water. By taking note of these tips, you and your family can truly enjoy a fun day of swimming!
Obey pool rules. There is no substitute for following rules, especially in the swimming pool. Take this tip and you are sure to be on the safe side one step ahead.
Never allow your child to swim alone. There has to be adult supervision that you and your child can count on while the tyke takes a dip in the pool or the beach.
For adults, especially when you wish to swim farther away from the shore, you’ve got to have a swim buddy to accompany you.
Avoid prank plays in the pool like pushing people onto the water, or jumping on others in the pool.
Swim in the areas where the depth is just right for you. In
The Mental Battle
Get your mind right before you step out there, by doing some warrior meditation in a quiet place.
After you have your thoughts under control.
“Picture yourself playing your best tennis on court, feel that emotion that comes with it and also talk yourself up with some empowering affirmations”.
The object here is to embrace the challenge and get your mind ready for mental warfare. (Shout out to Scott Bolan)
Go Over Your Battle Plan
Okay, after you get your mind ready for the match.
Take another look at your battle plan.
Again, picture yourself out there executing your shots and doing it under pressure.
Tennis is a feel game and if your plan doesn’t feel right for that day, tweak it a bit and focus on seeing it through.
Have a Plan B and C
You will need a back up plan, if your game plan doesn’t workout for you during the start of the match.
So think it out all on paper.
Strategize your plan, until it becomes so clear to you, that you can actually feel it.
Tennis is a motor skill sport.
This is a game of movement and FEEL.
So in practice and in your lessons, make sure that you are working on your shadow swings as much as you can.
The more the better too, the first thing I do with all my students is have them start doing more shadow swings off the court.
You also need to be working on them before practice.
Get in some extra reps at home, you can and should do these reps before you sleep, that way, your subconscious mind will be working on them while you sleep.
Try to watch some videos before you practice the swings, to get a clear image of the stroke in your mind, then stop the video and picture yourself doing the stroke.
Then start doing your shadow swings.
Start off slowly and build up speed for the swing.
Don’t grip the racket so tight either, because this will negate your feel for the stroke.
“Most tennis players at all levels don’t do this enough and as a results, their timing isn’t consistent on their strokes, doing shadow swings
- Kick harder, pull harder and increase your stroke rate (the frequency of your strokes)
- Improve your technique
The first option is what 99% of swimmers will do in order to speed up and move faster through the water. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact it’s required if you want to swim at your fastest. Though there is another side to the equation.
Kicking and pulling harder means you’ll tire quicker and lactic acid will kick in sooner than if you weren’t swimmer hard. There is a limit to how long you can swim at a faster pace if you’re working harder in order to swim quicker. There is an easier way to increase swim speed. You can improve your technique.
Improving your technique is not only easier than trying harder, it’s also a lot smarter! Learning to swim with great technique is important because:
- It reduces your frontal resistance – Resistance is what stops most swimmers from improving. Your body creates enormous resistance against the water, and the faster you travel in water the resistance increases exponentially.
- You can swim faster for longer – Let’s face it, excellent swimming technique might be hard to