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  • Vipr forward lunge video

    Here’s another little exercise that can be used with the Vipr. Here the Vipr is being used to load a forward lunge. The great thing about using the Vipr for this is that you can manipulate the Vipr in a number of ways during the movement (many more than are shown in the video such

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  • Vipr Side to Side Tilt Video

    I like using the Vipr to load some functional movement patterns and to challenge the stability and control of some movements. These movements can progress in range, speed and load. Below is a Vipr Side to Side Tilt which can be used to provide a nice ‘drive’ from the ground and then quick...

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    A Teacher Affects Eternity…

    “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” – Henry Adams I came across this the other day and I think all coaches out there would be advised to consider it. In the above quotation, the word ‘teacher’ could easily be replaced by ‘coach’...

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    Thoracic spine mobility for tennis

    Tennis players, as well as many athletes from other sports, can, in my experience, get very tight in the thoracic spine area. Low back and shoulder issues in tennis seem to be fairly commonplace in tennis. As I like to say, however, just because something is common, does not make it right! We should...

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    Strength & Conditioning – engaging young players!

    Getting Buy-In Early! One of the Squads I do some S&C coaching in is our Futuros squad, for those U10 players on our Aspire to Excel programme. I work in with 2-3 coaches and we rotate groups approximately every 20 minutes. After an initial skills session, we look to break into the small groups and...

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    Tennis Conditioning Session – Tues 11th March

    Had a great conditioning session with Lauren Armstrong this morning. A little off the cuff but went as follows: 100yd repeats – on the minute every minute for 15 reps Followed by the following circuit repeated 4 times (5mins per circuit including rest at end): Cone Agility drill – 20s (20s...

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    Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care

    “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”   At Halton Tennis Centre we have this phrase on little posters all around the club; the one in the picture above is on the back of the toilet door! I couldn’t get away from it if I tried, so it’s a

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    Coach-Player Respect

    One of our players, Holly Hutchinson, recently completed a Training Block, where the primary focus was on strength development. Not only did this involve general ‘global’ strength but also strength-speed, stabilisation strength and specific functional ‘tennis-strength’. Holly showed superb dedication...

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    What is Fitness?

    I have no idea where I saw this (so many apologies and thanks and full credit to the person in question!) but I wrote it down as I liked it and have recently come across it again: ‘Fitness is not something you find – like a 10 cent coin on a footpath. Fitness is not

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