This time of year reminds us of things for which we can be grateful. Of course, we can be grateful any time of year (or day), but this holiday is good to help us focus our thoughts! Having not played tennis for a while because of going through a major transition, I certainly miss the game and am more grateful than ever for having the health needed to get out there and run around on the court…should I get the opportunity to do so soon! It has been a good year, and here at www.theracquetshack.com I have especially enjoyed receiving wonderful comments and questions from some of you my readers. I have noticed a continued interest in tennis health in general and racquet safety for arm health in particular. I foresee no real decline in the overall pandemic involving arm injuries due to poor racquet design but am encouraged to hear from readers searching in part for racquet solutions in the interest of their health. There are a few good racquet options out there, and the key is to take ownership of one’s health, take the initiative and find those answers! If I can continue to assist in this endeavor going forward, a happy camper I will be! So, enjoy this holiday time and keep me posted on matters of tennis that interest you!
As the professional tennis tours wind down for the year, and visions of holiday feasts begin dancing through my head…I am mindful of my winter workout routine designed to outflank those extra calories and stave off father time just a tad more. This year I will be incorporating leg extensions and leg curls into my program since their requisite machines grace my new fitness center. I actually enjoy these two exercises even though they can both inflict much pain As I don’t have access to squat or deadlift equipment at the moment, I will need to make the most of my extensions and curls, focusing on toning more than ambitious strength gains. A lot can be found online and in print evaluating the efficacy and overall healthiness of these two activities. Both affirmation and words of caution typically summarize much of the running conversation. And I for one want to join in and suggest these two can be very effective at targeting quad and hamstring development with built in posture and motion control to help encourage safe lifting. A caveat is in order, however. One should be very careful not to overload these lifts (especially extensions) as strength (especially of the quads) can easily blind the lifter to risks for knee damage. By their very nature, these two lifts use the knee as a pendulum, and in so doing create torque that at greater extents can be detrimental. So, if you tennis aficionados out there already utilize extensions and curls or perhaps have considered their potential, give them a fair shake and your body a fair shake by learning how to do them right. Take care of those knees. Lift wisely!