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Help from a PT

This week sees the Wimbledon tennis finals that captivate much of the world. It usually leads to a burst of enthusiasm for playing the game, although for most people that doesn't last too long…

One reason could be that the muscles and fitness levels needed are not there. So here are our tips for triumphing in tennis:

  • Shoulder muscles get stronger from shoulder presses with dumbbells or a barbell, plus front and lateral raises.
  • As well as strong shoulders the whole of the upper body should be fit and strong. Dips and pullovers plus bench presses are outstanding at working chest muscles. For forearms, go for dumbbell wrist flexions and extensions. For the upper arms there are biceps curls and triceps extensions.
  • The body's core mid-section needs to be strong so it can power such as winning hits. For strengthening this area, try leg raises, sit-ups, crunches and planks.
  • To build up strong leg muscles, work out with barbell squats, leg presses, dumbbell lunges, leg extensions and standing calf raises.

Our friendly personal trainers who will show you the best way to do any of these, and if you mention that you want to get fit for tennis – or any specific sport – they can help you reach your goals. Ace!