Elliptical trainer for balance!

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by sinoslav, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. sinoslav

    sinoslav Rookie

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    About a month ago I started using the elliptical trainer at my gym for about 20-25 minutes a day two or three times a week. I've noticed a really significant improvement in my tennis footwork since then! Part of it may be the leg strengthening I'm getting out of it, but I think part of it is also the balance. If you've used an elliptical trainer before, you'll know that it takes a while to learn to get your balance on it.

    I'm thinking that other balance-improvement activities out there might improve my footwork even more. Any suggestions? Jumping rope perhaps?
     
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  2. joe sch

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    There are no better ways to improve your balance, flexibility and related strenght than to practice yoga. There are many yoga forms that can really benefit tennis. The easiest balance stances include 1 leg stands, then try to raise your other leg forward, sideways and backwards. Working both sides evenly is very important to improving your balance. Also try doing and holding sitting squats and when you can master those, try to rotate your body, this form will greatly help you stay low and torque your groundstrokes. If you practice these forms daily for a few weeks, I gaurantee you that your tennis form will improve. For extra credit, try to remain as relaxed as possible and use slow deep breathing in thru the nose and exhaled slowly out the mouth, the benefits from these practices will also help your mental and emotiional capabilities.
     
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  3. tennis-n-sc

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    I would echo Joe's recommendation about yoga and I would also add pilates. Both address balance and posture. There may be a little core strengthing in pilates.
     
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