strong thighs

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by julianoz, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. julianoz

    julianoz Semi-Pro

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    The past 6 months ive made my thighs stronger through doing leg presses, using machines that work the thigh and back of the thigh, and just doing squats at home with your own weight. The extra power you get on your strokes is TREMENDOUS! Also helps with longevity in those grueling matches. Plus it is just cool to have muscly thighs. I also do a lot of ab and lower back exercises, really helps with groundstrokes (lower back is huge for 2hbh), and prevents injuries. I also do arm band exercises to keep the serving arm sharp. But im getting off topic now...
     
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  2. notujoo

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    how do you work on your lower back?
     
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  3. Gmedlo

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    Game over if you keep using the thigh-specific machines I think you are. Your knees are going to be feelin' it sometime soon!
     
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  4. ctdeuce

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    There's nothing wrong with a good leg routine as long as you take enough time off to let your leg's repair. Presses and Squats are excellent for leg muscle and body endurance.

    notu - There are tons of ways to work out your lower back...even with no machines or weights around you. Back Extensions, Paratroopers, Planks, work with medicine balls...etc.
     
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  5. Sleepstream

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    Deadlifts and the variants (straight leg, romanian, and so on) are going to be some of the best lower back and posterior chain exercises. Good mornings are also great for the posterior chain, but they are not for everybody.

    I noticed that I had improved my speed shortly after incorporating deadlifts into my routine years ago. Also good to prevent the imbalances in the large muscle groups that tennis may cause.
     
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  6. ctdeuce

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    Good advice..you're absolutely right.
     
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  7. stormholloway

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    Deadlifts are great. Avoid those isolation movements like extensions or curls. They're crap.

    Add lunges into the mix. I do lunges, then leg press, then deadlifts.
     
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