Tennis Tips

Doubles Tactics: Win Points with the Right Volley

by Mandy Shephard on April 01, 2015

Doubles Tactics: Win Points with the Right Volley   This marks the start of a new series on doubles strategy for players of all levels.  In this four part series, I'll be covering what I believe to be the most important tactics for doubles players to employ to for success. Topic #1 is a simple, but mission-critical tactic the pros use every match: hitting volleys in the  right place at the right time.    Atlanta, GA is home to the Atlanta Lawn & Tennis Association, a group that runs the largest recreational doubles league in the world (a.k.a ALTA).  I..

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Off Court Conditioning: Importance of Exercise Bikes

by Mandy Shephard on April 01, 2015

Off Court Conditioning: Importance of Exercise Bikes   Since I work with a lot of younger athletes they often have questions on why we do things especially when they aren't directly related to tennis. One of those questions is often geared towards biking. Why do we have to bike if we never bike on court? Honestly, it's a great question and I'm glad the athletes, especially at a younger age, think about that stuff. The answer is simple, to get you in shape.   The great thing about exercise bikes are they have more then just a cardio use. You..

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Get Those Glutes Firing: Brad Carlson

by Mandy Shephard on March 03, 2015

Get Those Glutes Firing: Many peoiple have heard the glutes being called the "powerhouse of the body", and that is exactly what it is. The glutes are involved in just about every athletic movement especially in regards to producing power through the legs. It's important to make sure the glutes are working before any fitness as they are very important to getting the right muscles working in the correct way. To get the glute firing and ready for a workout you must add glute activation exercises in, usually with your warm up. Activation can be done in a variety of..

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Cardio for Tennis

by Mandy Shephard on December 15, 2014

Cardio for Tennis   We are in a day and age when everyone thinks that cardio refers to a 3 mile run or a 30 minute jog. Long distance jogs are what cardio is. Too many athletes are in that mind set and feel that their best training will come with a long endurance run. As a strength coach I don't believe that is the way for a tennis player to train. Why? How often is a tennis player jogging 3 miles in a match? Never. The athletes time could be much better spent performing sprints, intervals or conditioning circuits...

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Agility Drill

by Mandy Shephard on January 02, 2015

Another great agility drill to add to your workouts is the 4 cone drill/ square drill. Like the Pro Agility, it's a drill that requires little to no equipment. All you really need is a square with enough room for a short sprint. the square drills are great for quick change of direction in a small space.   The beauty of this drill is that there is no right or wrong pattern. You can come up with any movement/patterns that you want to make it unique to each player or just to keep them from getting bored. That being said,..

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Cardio for Tennis

by Mandy Shephard on November 05, 2014

  We are in a day and age when everyone thinks that cardio refers to a 3 mile run or a 30 minute jog. Long distance jogs are what cardio is. Too many athletes are in that mind set and feel that their best training will come with a long endurance run. As a strength coach I don't believe that is the way for a tennis player to train. Why? How often is a tennis player jogging 3 miles in a match? Never. The athletes time could be much better spent performing sprints, intervals or conditioning circuits. Tennis is a..

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