Archive for January, 2010

Band Resisted conditioning

Posted in Z.S. conditioning with tags , , , on January 31, 2010 by zenithstrength

At  Zenith Strength we use many tools to get out athletes quicker and in great condition. Band resisted sprints are a great way to combine both aspects of training. You can use these as a finisher to emphasize improving your conditioning  after a speed training session. Or, you can manipulate the rest intervals and put more emphasis on improving speed.

Here’s an example of  a high school tennis player working on linear quickness and essentially working on his power endurance (ability to maximize power over an extended period).

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Shoulder Health Part II

Posted in Xtreme Tennis Conditioning with tags , , on January 20, 2010 by zenithstrength

Since I didn’t delve into the anatomy and biomechanics involved in preventing shoulder injuries in the previous post, here’s a great article by B.J. Baker who’s the former strength and conditioning coordinator for the Boston Red Sox talking much more in-depth about the keys to preventing shoulder injuries for athletes involved in overhead sports.

Check out Complex Forces.

Shoulder Health for Overhead Athletes

Posted in Xtreme Tennis Conditioning with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by zenithstrength

At Zenith Strength, we work with a lot of tennis players and one of the concerns with the sport is  preventing shoulder injuries and keeping the athletes healthy.

Without getting into too much detail with anatomy and biomechanics, a couple of areas to look at when assessing the athlete would be checking their thoracic and hip mobility.

T-spine mobility, specifically thoracic extension with rotation, is necessary to perform the service motion while limiting stress on the shoulder and low back.  Mobility is also needed while performing the forehand and backhand stroke to avoid stress in the low back.

A staple of horizontal rows in the strength program is necessary to improve scapula stability which is also important for shoulder health.

I’ll delve deeper into the t-spine and hip mobility  in  upcoming posts. In the meantime here’s a great exercise we use to work on scapula stability and overall shoulder health:

Cross over quickness for tennis players.

Posted in Xtreme Tennis Conditioning with tags , , , on January 16, 2010 by zenithstrength

The crossover step is used extensively in tennis  to recover after hitting a forehand or backhand stroke. If the player is forced to chase down a wide ball he/she needs to recover back to the middle of the court as quickly as possible to stay in the point.
Here’s a drill to work on improving the crossover step and first step acceleration:

Grand opening of Zenith Strength

Posted in Xtreme Tennis Conditioning, Z.S. conditioning, Z.S. Training with tags on January 11, 2010 by zenithstrength

Zenith Strength is finally open and ready to help athletes and weekend warriors reach their athletic potential.

I would like to thank  all of my friends and family who came to show their support. None of this would have been possible without my parents and the support of my girlfriend who added her touches to spruce up the facility.

We have big things planned for 2010.  Stay tuned for articles and videos to improve your performance, mobility and decrease your risk for injuries.

In Strength,

Shyam Soin