Archive for March, 2010

Shoulder Mobility Drills

Posted in Xtreme Tennis Conditioning, Z.S. Tennis, Z.S. Training with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by zenithstrength

In the last post I talked about shoulder health and the importance of having mobility in the mid back or T-spine.
Here are a couple of drills to improve your mid back mobility.

The first video is basic soft tissue preparation to loosen up the mid back and work on thoracic extension range of motion which is necessary in athletes regardless of their sport.Β  I got this idea from the Inside and Out dvd. I highly recommend this if you are a strength coach working with athletes involved in overhead sports.

The second video is a drill that I also learned about from the Inside out dvd, used to work on improving mid back rotation. We use this drill with the tennis players that we work with as mid back rotation is used extensively for the serve and ground strokes.

Add these to your warm up routine to keep the shoulders healthy.

In strength,



Shoulder Strategies for Tennis Players

Posted in Xtreme Tennis Conditioning with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by zenithstrength

As a strength coach who works primarily with tennis players, it is paramount to keep my players healthy so they can continue competing at high level. The shoulder joint is highly susceptible to injury, and I see a lot of soft tissue restrictions and compensations with many of the tennis players who train atΒ  Zenith Strength. A lot of the restriction involves poor mid back/t-spine mobility and poor scapula stability.

Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson and Bill Hartman are some of the best coaches that I refer to regarding shoulder health and training. Here’s the link to Robertson’s latest post about shoulder solutions. If you are a tennis player or athlete who is involved in a throwing sport, the information here will help prevent long-term shoulder issues.

Check it out.

Stay tuned as I will be posting videos regarding foam roller/soft tissue work on the mid back, and warm-ups for the shoulder girdle in the upcoming posts.

In Strength,