Open Water Swimming

First of all, breathing on both sides, or bilateral breathing, is a must. (I can hear the groans!!!) Let’s see if you are physically capable. Stand up and twist the upper half of your body to the right and then to the left. Then turn your head to the right and left. SCHEZAM!!! You can learn to breathe to both sides. Why is this necessary? Imagine or perform the following experiment. Find an open space about 400 yards long. Select a target and try to walk straight towards it EXCEPT close your eyes and turn your head, looking to the right every 2 steps. Sneak a look forward every 10 steps. Vision in the water will be even more restricted than this because you may or may not be able to see forward depending upon wave conditions, fog in your goggles or glare from the sun reflecting off of the water. This is also assuming strict concentration upon straight line swimming – not imagining that shadows are sharks and weeds are snakes- which will improve with practice.

Breathing on both sides accomplishes two main goals. It tends to “even out” your stroke so that you will naturally

Serving In Matches

  • Set your own tempo and rhythm.

You need to always serve at your own tempo and pace.

Which means.

Never allow your opponent to dictate the tempo on your service games.

  • Start your motion on your own terms.

Never start serving until you have mentally recovered from the last point.

If you feel any carryover effect.

Step away from the baseline and breathe deeply for 3 times and start your pre-serve routine again.

This will help you set and maintain a good rhythm for your service games.

  • Never rush through your motion.

This is a very important point when serving.

You should never feel like you are rushing before or during your service motion.

Your body needs to be relaxed and your mind should be picturing one fluid service motion.

Again, if you are feeling nervous at any time before you start your service motion.

Step away from the line and repeat the above suggestions I just gave YOU.

Then start your pre-service routine over again.

At the junior level.

I see many players rushing through their service motion whenever they

Oversize Tennis Racquet

Most people don’t have the time or know how to develop their technique properly, and some just aren’t interested. Racquet manufacturers realised this a long time ago and started developing features to make a racket more forgiving. A larger head racquet not only makes your shots more powerful, but also doesn’t jar as much, thus protecting against injuries to the wrist and elbow.

The official tennis authorities tried to ban the use of the larger oversize heads (115 sq inches), but it became so popular that it is no longer regarded as a “freak” racquet. There are racquets available above 130 sq. inches which are colossal, but I’m sure they could get it even larger than that if they would be practical to play with.

In my opinion it is the Prince Oversize Graphite. It made a fantastic impact and became very famous. Andre Agassi started his career with this racquet and when he switched racquet sponsors they replicated the design of the Prince OS as best they could. You can spot the Graphite a mile off because it has a double bridge – an extra beam in the triangular hole.

Its successor the “Graphite

Benefits of Swimming Over Running

Resistance Effect

A great natural advantage to swimming is the resistance effect. Water is 1000 times more dense than air, so when you swim, it’s like weight training without the dumbbells. The water itself is your weight training.

You get a full body workout when you swim that puts little stress on your joints. You engage the muscles of the upper and lower body. This includes the legs, core, the upper and lower back, the arms, shoulders and chest.

Just like weight training, swimming engages and tones muscle due to the resistance. Although running is a great cardio workout, it does little to enhance a dynamic muscular body.

Burns the Calories

A moderate-intensity workout classifies keeping your heart-rate at 50-70 % of maximum heart rate.

A rigorous workout runs at 70-85 % max heart-rate. After an intensive 30 minute breaststroke swim, you can burn up to 300 calories. This can vary according to your weight. The heavier you are, the more calories you burn. By burning 500 calories more than you eat every day, you can lose a pound of fat a week. Okay, this does not sound much. But think long-term.

Swimming Burns Calories

We have never seen a swimmer with a bulky appearance. They all carry a well-shaped physique. They have the best bodies compared to other sportsmen. The whole process cleans up your body from inside as well as outside. Water hydrates your skin as well as revitalizes your organs. Going against the pressure of water creates metabolism in your body and stimulates fat burning. Especially your upper body is involved during swimming. Your legs and thighs are also involved during this process.

  • Swimming burns calories in your body and provides you a well-toned physique. There are different styles in swimming such as free style, breaststroke and backstroke, which can burn lots of calories. It’s also a form of low intensity exercise, which can be quite relaxing during summers. You can relax as well as lose some serious weight by doing this cardio workout.
  • Areas near your stomach, legs and arms are becomes well toned due to this water exercise. People at every age can take up swimming in order to lose weight effectively.
  • Although lots of calories in swimming are burnt still it generates too much hunger after the exercise that can replace the calories. Swimming

Advantage Of Playing Tennis

If you are a parent and you wish to protect your children from these diseases, it is not merely enough to clean up your family’s diet. It’s even more important to get your family up and moving about by engaging in outdoor activities. Coaxing your young ones to get off the couch and momentarily leave the TV, the tablet and their gaming consoles offers several benefits. Playing in tennis courts, for example, can help a child become physically fit while allowing him to master various motor skills as he learns the rudiments of the game.

As he learns to love the sport and constantly play it, he will be less likely to gain excess weight. According to some studies, active children often grow into adults who have normal weight. Furthermore, other sporting activities such as rugby can help prevent a young child from developing type 2 diabetes.

Children who get into physical activities at an early age carry the habit into adulthood. Apart from the physical benefits of outdoor play, children who engage in these activities become less stressed and are less likely to suffer from depression. This is particularly beneficial for children who may be

About Match Play Tip

You must master your emotions during play, by changing your attitude towards competition, see, tennis warriors embrace the challenge, and other players shrink from it.

The best way to improve your match play, is to start in practice as I have said before, bring it everyday with your intensity and passion for the game, and never tolerate any weakness from yourself.

Hit the court with a clear game plan in mind and make sure you get everything done before you finish that day.

Also, stop mentally playing matches in your mind before you actually have to play them, that means don’t think and worry about the match over and over again in your mind, before you play it, this only builds up more stress and anxiety in your mental game.

But, when you do think about the match, see yourself playing your best tennis and relax by breathing deeply when you do this.

This is great mental training too.

So on match day, what should you do?

Get in the right frame of mind from the time you wake up, start the day like a Champion, eat right and think the

Tips For Service Toss

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

Play The Mental Game Faster

“The Champion players know that they win their matches in practice.”

The key to learning the mental game faster is to focus on 1 thing at a time and never live or relive any tennis matches in your mind too many times, before you play them.

Here is what I mean.

What’s 2+2?

See how you didn’t even have to think before you answered that question?

This is the mental level you are trying to reach with your mental game.

Tennis players tend to play in the past or in the future, instead of in the presence time on court.

This prevents them from playing in the moment.

To learn faster, be more aware of where your mind is on court.

Watch your thoughts and observe your reactions during a match, the minute you find yourself thinking about a mistake and error, quickly bring yourself back to the moment, by breathing deeply and then focus on the next point.

Your goal is to rewire your brain through constant repetitions.

This is where you want to go with your mental game and this is how you can get there and get there fast.

Let Go of All Negativity

You are carrying around a lot of mental baggage right now and it is in your

Do Flip Turns When Swimming

Flip turns are one of those swimming techniques that set advanced swimmers apart from the amateurs. In addition to saving you time and maintaining a relatively constant degree of effort as you change directions in the pool, they just look incredibly cool as well.

You have probably seem them at the local pool or on TV during the Olympics: A swimmer goes full speed straight at the wall and almost seems as through that he or she does not know the pool is end. At the last minute, they turn a quick somersault, push off the wall in the new direction, and glide for a while before surfacing and taking a stroke. For freestyle and backstroke swimmers, these turns can save precious seconds compared to touching the wall with your hands, turning around, and pushing off.

They are not that difficult to learn. You start by going into a somersault in open water. Once you can do this efficiently, you will need to learn how to do this at the end of the pool. Finally, practice pushing your legs out and catching the wall as you soon. Ideally you will have a smooth movement from the