Class #1292

Stretches for Tennis

45 min - Class


Anthony Lett is back with a Stretch class designed for Tennis players. He uses the contract and release practice to get the most out of your stretch. By using the Refomer, Mat, and a Pilates Pole, Anthony shows inventive ways to open up your upper body.

You don't need to be a Tennis player to try this class. All of these stretches are useful for anyone. Anthony also teaches a Stretches for Golf class which adds more stretches you can add to your repertoire.
What You'll Need: Mat, Reformer w/Box, Pilates Pole

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Hi everyone. I'm Anthony [inaudible] back from Australia again. I'm really pleased to be back here at [inaudible] any time. Today we're going to do a couple of classes. The first one is stretching for tennis. Some of you may not recognize these exercises as traditional polarities exercises, but as I often say, my workshops, Joseph [inaudible] was interested in the quality of flexibility.

Um, and he also says things like piles was conceived to stretch you so that you would be as simple as a cat. Um, lots of little quotes like that indicate that he was interested in stretching. And so we're going to sort of elaborate on that interest of his today in the classes. The other thing, um, that you should be aware of is that of course there's a lot of overlap between tennis and golf in terms of muscle groups and movement patterns. So I would recommend that you watch both of the classes if you can, so that, um, you get a taste of working on all those muscle groups. And I've, I've put a class together, hopefully that contains stretches for different muscle groups so that there's not much repetition. The other thing to say finally is that, um, stretching can be used both for performance optimization and for rehabilitation or, or correcting the asymmetries them that might've emerge while your playing sports. So I've tried to prepare a class that covers, covers you from both those angles. We're going to start off with, with the tennis today and, um, we're going to use a technique called contract relax, which is quite simple. In practice, what you do really is take the muscles into, uh, into a position where you feel just a gentle stretch, say five out of 10 in terms of pain intensity. You hold that position for five seconds, then you can track the muscles and then relax and re stretch for 10 breaths.

So I'll talk you through that as we go along. But essentially that's how this, how the practice of it works. Okay? So we might start off with some stretches here. We might have Sarah doing one of them on the reformer. And for those of you that don't have a reformer, Amy's going to do the floor version. Yeah, we're going to stretch the flex the muscles of the forearm, um, which are often very tied in, in pretty much anyone who plays tennis. So what I might do, Amy, is if you can kneel down here with your hands this way and spread your fingers out a little bit. Yep. And Sarah, if you take off all the springs and I'll just show you how to position yourself here. So you need to be inside the reformer with your hands.

I'm straight and your fingers spread leaning down through the, imagine you've just got one long arm bone and you're leaning down through there. Good. So the first thing to do when you're stretching is to get into position and then assess whether or not you're actually getting a stretch and where the stretch is coming from. They're fundamental things, but often we forget to ask ourselves or our clients, are we actually feeling a stretch? So are you both getting a stretch there? Whereabouts in the forums? Good. Because if you're feeling it here, it's probably not so much of a stretch, but a sense of compression in the bones, so that's good.

So they're both feeling a stretch and what we do is we hold that first position for about five breaths, which is probably about now. So what are we going to do next is a little contraction. So activating the muscles that we're stretching to do that. If you press your fingers and the palms of your hands down into the floor for five seconds, you don't need to use too much force with that. Probably about, as I said, five out of 10 in terms of intensity. And we do that for five seconds, which is probably about now. Then we stop, take a breath in, and then to restretch. Amy, if you just lean backwards, and Sarah, if you slide the carriage out a little more just to narrow this angle.

Okay, so she's got no springs on the carriage so that it slides easily. How has that feeling there? Good stretch. Okay, so what we might do is we will vary it a little bit. Let's, let's have you both lean your body weight above your right thumb. Keep the stretch, keep the carriage where it was, if you can, but laying above the thumb and then gradually let's lean above the index finger.

Then we moved to the middle finger, then the little finger, oh, he missed the ring finger they could be raising for that. Then we'll go to the other hand, so the little finger, the ring finger, middle finger, then the index finger, and then the thumb. If you find that there is a particular tight spot, you can hold it for longer than we are now. Of course, now come back to the middle and then to come out of this stretch, rather than forcing your body weight down through your arms, see if he can just lift up carefully and then give your hands a bit of a shake. Okay. Okay, well let's do the muscles on the other side of the forum.

So the extensor muscles that every time that you grip a racket, you're, you're actually contracting both sides of the, of the joint. So let's try this time having the back of your hands. On the floor or on the reformer, but don't lean with quite as much weight as you would in the previous stretch. So if you can just gently lean down, try and have your arms straight if possible. And then to bring on the stretch, just lean backwards, or Sarah, you can slide the carriage out just again until you feel the stretch about five out of 10 in terms of intensity, okay?

Sometimes you don't need to move to find that. Okay, so again, we're going to hold for five breaths, which we've probably done now, and then we're going to contract for five seconds. So this time, press, press the hands down into the floor, the back of the hands for one, two, three, four, five seconds. Stop. Take a breath in. Try and make sure that your arms are straight, and then if you want to make it a bit more intense, lean backwards. We'll slide the carriage a little further out. Okay? As I said, that's if you want to, you don't have to keep pushing things to the point where they're agonizing because the effect that that has is, is to make your muscles contract and we're trying to induce some relaxation.

So five or six out of 10 is plenty in terms of the intensity of it. Okay. When you're, when you're ready, you can lift up again. Shake your hands around a bit. Okay, good. So let's, um, let's move on to the pronator muscles of the forearm, which are really often overworked and tired in most tennis players because there's so much pronation involved in serving in particular. So for this one, we won't use the reformer. Maybe Sarah, if you want to come up and we could both, we can both just stand for this one and face this way.

So what you need to do is put your, the hand that you're stretching, put that out in front and flex the wrist and then put the other hand on, on top of it, on or on front of it. Okay. You don't need to push back very much, but to hold that in position. And then turn your fingers outwards. Okay. That's, that's the first part. The second part is then to hold this and to try and turn your upper arm outwards as well. Okay. Can you, you should feel that mostly around this area and you feel that [inaudible] yeah. So should the sun kind of be under the [inaudible]?

Should be on the front still. Just keeping the wrist inflection and turning it out. And you'll notice when you turn it out that the whole arm tends to rotate. We're trying to just pronate the forearm and then externally rotate the upper arm. Okay, so hold that again. And this time for a contraction, let's see if we can just push your hands forward into the, into the front hand, the one that's supporting you.

Take a breath in and then turn the fingers out further and then turn the arm out further as well. So keep the wrist flexed, keep it in this position, and then turn the up around. [inaudible] how's that? Good. Okay. Okay. Yeah, so the term, yeah, so you're turning your fingers away from the center. Okay. All right. Let's come back to the middle and we'll try the other hand. So start off this way, and then the opposite hand pulls the risk back into some flection then turns the fingers out. So remember if you're turning the fingers away from the midline of your body, then you turn as much of the upper arm as you can away from the midline as well.

So you're externally rotating. Good. And again, we hold for five breaths and then we'll do another contraction. So we're pushing, pushing the hand that you're stretching into the other one. So one, two, three, four, five. Take a breath in on a breath out. Try and relax as much as you can.

Turn your fingers out and then turn the arm out as well. And then again, we're going to try and hold for 10 breaths. You'll find it difficult to hold for 10 breaths if you've pushed yourself too far in the first place. So just no hyperventilating either. So deep slow breaths. So that often happens when you're new to stretching that you push yourself a bit too far. So, and then you're unable to hold it. And most of the research shows that if you don't hold a stretch for about a minute, that doesn't have much longterm effect. So a minute, 10 breaths is probably not even a minute, but we're going a bit faster so we can get through more material.

But if you're doing this at home, I really would recommend 10 to 15 deep breaths at least. Okay. Okay. Alright, so we're working up the arm. So we've done the wrist flexors and extensors and the pronators. Now we're going to do this, the stretch for the biceps. So we might, we'll try one version on the floor and one on the reformer so that you can do both or one or the other. Um, what I might do is show Sarah the, the reform of version first. So for this one, or need to have all the springs on really so that the carriage doesn't move at all.

And because your biceps attach to one of the bones in the arm here and their job is to actually to supinate it this way. So for this stretch, we're going to move the end of the muscle away by pronating it. Okay. So we have the arm in that pronator position and then I'll show you Sarah and then you can try it. So I'm going to have my arm at about slightly higher than my head. Pronated and then keep, keep your arm at this height, lean away and then turn away like that.

Okay. And you should feel the stretch here and ride through the upper arm. Okay. And so why don't you try that and Amy on my kit you to try the floor version, which I'll demonstrate to you first. You start, it's almost the same as what Sarah is doing. So you're going to lie here with your um, pro noted. Okay.

And then roll this hip backward this way. Okay. Right. Let's try that. Good. So why you're getting into position and I'll just check that Sarah's, you're getting any stretch there. Okay. So roll the arm over and flex the wrist. Okay. Okay. Now try and kick the shoulders level lane.

Good. You might need to step forward a bit wrong. Yeah. So keep the arm up there, lean forward, and then turn this way. How is that good? You feeling it around you feeling it around there? I feel also just be in rotation. I feel back or, okay, I can handle that. Okay. What about you Amy? Yup.

Yup. So the hand about head height and then roll back. Go ahead. You just gotta Watch when you're doing this, the hand tends to drop. Yeah, it was. Yeah. And then with this arm you could bend it and push it down into the floor just to assist in the, in the rotation. Okay. So hopefully that's not too, too confusing for you. If you're watching, let's try a contraction, which is for Amy. If you just push your hand into the floor, Sarah, you just imagine you're kind of bend your elbow for five seconds. Oh yeah. Now relax.

Now just lift this up a bit more. Lean forward and turn. How is that? I'll try and hold still. If you're having trouble, you could always have a box next to you to put your hand on. I mean to, for you to restretch. You just roll the shoulder back a little more. The, yeah, this one. I mean, yeah, no you did, but I was just clarifying. So how was that good? Yeah. Okay. Why don't we come out of it very slowly.

Cool. Yeah. And try the other side. Maybe Sarah, if you, if you just turn around and face the other way we could, we could try that. No, that's not gonna work. Mine. Let me see. No, you could. What's that? Do you want to hit the switch? Yeah. Okay. Why don't we do that? Yeah.

Okay. So which army doing that one? Yeah. So this is good. So your hand is slightly higher than your head, which is good. The arm is straight and the rest is turned over. Then just roll this hip on it out of the way.

Roll that hip back and the weight of your leg. If you let the leg drop back like that is good because the weight of the leg just with the rotation. How was that good. Wants to be. Okay. Good. And Sarah? Yes, you're getting that stretch there. Good. You just gotta Watch. If you're doing this, the hand doesn't drop. Try and keep it up here. Good.

So let's do the same contraction, which is to try and bend the arm of Amy to push the hand down into the floor. Four, five stop. Take a breath in, see if you can raise stretch a bit further. Good. And then we'll just hold that for 10, 10 breaths. Alright. Yeah, just found myself getting a little wobbly. Okay.

Okay. So again, back out of the stretch carefully. And while you're doing that, I'm just going to get a stick for you and we're gonna do some rotator cuff stretches. So I'll give you a stick and I'll just, um, there are, there are four rotator cuff muscles and to have them turn the arm inwards to have them turn the arm outward. So we're gonna do the external rotators with the stick. No, we're going to, that's not right. We're going to externally rotate to stretch the internal rotators and we're going to use this dick. So maybe if you stand up for this one and I'll show you what you need to do is put your arm, I play this, it gets a bit confusing learning this one.

So start with your arm here. Then the stick goes on the outside like this. Okay. And you need to try and keep the arm at 90 degrees. Yep. Good. Now to bring on the stretch, you pull this in the bottom and towards the middle. And what will happen is your upper arm will start to externally rotate and you'll be stretching the, the internal rotators.

Can you both feel that good? So it goes slowly with this. Good. The rest doesn't matter too much. All right? Yeah. Okay, good. So you hold that again for five breaths, which is, we've already done that now I think. And then this time we can track by trying to push again.

When you do the contraction, make sure there's, there's no movement that occurs, but you try and trying to push your hand back to the middle. So let's do that now. So one, two, three, four, five stop. Take a breath in and then re stretch a little more. Good. And then we hauled that again for 10 breaths. Yeah, that's good. Okay, so I might just show you Amy, if I can just take yours from in a while. Sarah, you can, you look like you're enjoying them and you can hold it a bit longer. The, the most of the external rotation in tennis is required up here.

So if you want to make this stretch more specific, you could try doing it up at this joint angle instead of down here. Okay. Okay. Alright, so there we have, well we better do the other side. Um, and then we'll do the other rotator cuff muscles. Yeah, yeah, that's great. Okay, good. So you've got your, you're at the angle at the elbow is 90 degrees. Yep. And the upper arm is roughly horizontal. Okay. Now if you slowly just pull on the bottom of the stick towards the middle.

Yeah. Different size. Yeah. You'll often find that and you're both looking good, but often people will attempt to do that. So keep the shoulders level good. So again, we're holding and just be careful if you're doing this, that you don't bend your arm this way because then the stick won't have much effect at all. Okay. So we'll push pushing the hand back to the middle. One, two, three, four, five, stop. Take a breath in before you restrict and then try and lift up a bit more to restraints.

We always try and re stretch on a breath out because your body has a little less tension as you're breathing out. Okay? Okay. Yeah. Okay. I'm just letting you enjoy the streets. Right? It really, really, really great. Is that weird grade? Okay, well let's, as I say, wait, we, I would recommend if you're doing this at home, maybe holding it a bit longer, but so that we can get through enough. We're holding it a little bit less.

I'll just put these away and then we're gonna so we turn the arm out. Now we're going to turn the arm inwards, but we might use the reformers for this. It looks a little bit awkward, but it's a, it's a very effective way of stretching with turning the arms in. So we're stretching the external rotators. Okay. So I'll show you how it looks. Um, I'm going to have maybe two red springs and sit on the reformer facing away from the foot bar. Maybe. Sarah, do you want to try getting into position and, and copy me and then I may can do it. So, so put the, the strap from the opposite side just above your elbow this way and like this. And then what you do is put both hands behind your lower back. Oh really? My hands are on my sacrum. Okay. And what you'll find is that um, your shoulders want to round like this.

So it's really important that you keep the chest lifted, you pull your shoulder blades together and then that's, that's your starting position. You and you need to hold the carriage still with your feet. Okay. So I'll, I'll move out of the way and you can try that Amy and then I'll talk you through the stretch. Good. So that's a nice looking position there. You feeling any stretch yet? Okay. So with this stretch, most most stretches a, a kind of quite diffused.

This one you'll be focused quite specifically usually just around where the muscles attach here. So that's a good starting point. Now if you're able to keep the shoulder blades just where they are, let the carriage slide in and let your elbows be pulled that way. Okay. You good? So hold the Scapula and let the elbows people that way. Oh my gosh. Okay, good. Okay, so we're going to hold that still.

It looks very awkward from back here, but uh, okay. Maybe it seems so much more intuitive. Just slouch. Yeah. Well, when you slouch, the Scapula move forward and the stretch disappears. Right? Good. So let's do a contraction. So this time again, make sure that the elbows don't move and just push your hands into your lower back as if you're swinging forwards. So one, two, three, four, five, take a breath in. And again, let the shot, let the elbows go without the shoulders, the shoulder blades moving. Those of you who play a lot of tennis, um, you'll probably find that the dominant arm is much tighter.

So if you turn a fraction towards that tighter side, you'll find the stretching creases and it doesn't need much. I just thought, yeah, it just, the thought, the very thought of it makes it stronger. Yeah, yeah. Moving it. That's right. And for some reason just turning the head slightly seems to intensify the stretch. Huh? As I said at the start, a lot of AC asymmetries will develop in tennis players, um, because of the nature of the sport.

So if you find that you have a tight sigh, then it's a good idea to do the tight side probably at least for a few months, twice as often as the other one. Okay. So when you're coming out of this stretch, if you can use your feet just to pull the carriage a little to give yourself some slack. Yeah. And then just bring the arms out. Good. Okay, good. So we've, we've working up through the arms next week. We've done, we've worked on the rotator cuff this time. We're gonna work on the deltoid muscle and some rotation for the upper back because a lot of you will be probably, you'll find that you're able to twist one way much more than the other direction. So again, if, if that's the case, do the tide side more often. I'll demonstrate this stretch to you. Again, it looks a bit odd. I'll go on here first. Um, you need to have probably all the springs on because we don't really want the carriage moving and this stretch involves some rotation, um, and pulling the arm away so you might feel that here.

And also in the joints of the upper back and in the muscles between the shoulder blades. Okay. I'll show you how it looks. You kneel on the carriage and you want to try and be about parallel with the bar if you want to try that while I'm [inaudible] maybe few. Yeah. If you go that way. Yeah. So roughly parallel with a bar, just far enough away that you can read under and hold the bottom bar there. Yeah. Can you, yeah. You got it. Yeah.

And you want to be able to do that without having to twist your whole body. So you rotating the upper back. Once you've got a hold of that bar, lower yourself down and lean away. So that's the first bit. So I'll let you try that, Amy, and then we'll get into, that's just prep, preparing, getting into position. Although for some people it could already be a stretch. Yeah. Allowing yourself, no, you're right. Hold on to their, lower your chest. Good. And then lean away. Good. So that's the first position. Now if you want, if you want to make it a bit stronger, you, you have this hand directly above the bottom one and you push this hand into the bar and that takes this shoulder back and twists the thoracic area around a bit more. Okay, you're both feeling that.

So let's do a contraction, which is really just to [inaudible] try and pull the scapula back towards the middle of your spine. So retracting the Scapula. So let's go. One, two, three, four, five. Take a breath in. Ray, stretch first by leaning and then by pushing this hand in and youtube both got your arms straight, but your pretty flexible. A lot of lot of people, particularly men will have the arm of out here and just pushing the hand into the bar will make the stretch more intense. Again, if you find that you're able to straighten your arm easily, sometimes if you've got a yoga block, you can just put it in there and then you can be pushing against the block. Yeah. To get some more rotation and you're actually getting a lot of movement of the Scapula away from the spine, so you're going to be stretching those muscles in there as well. Okay. You can see Amy's spine from here is rotated quite a lot.

Yeah. In the roadway. Okay. So to come out of it, let's just take the bottom hand off the bar and the top one. Yep. And then just lift yourself out of it slowly. Good. That's a happy feeling. That feels really good. Good. All right, well we'll try the other side. Okay.

Yeah, the bottoms. Yeah. So just in terms of positioning, you want to be just far enough away that you can just reach the bottom bar. I'll just, I might just show you what I'm referring to when I say the bottom bar, what I mean is this. Okay. Otherwise, if you can't get ahold of that, you could always hold the Footscray foot strap instead. Okay? Okay. All right. So same thing again. Lean away. And that's a good position. You're in there. Both of you say your spine is, um, rotating around that long attitudinal access. It's, it's not, it's um, it's good because you've got a good distance between you and the bar.

Okay. So yeah. So lean away and then try and push that top hand in. Good. Just be aware that your spine might flex a little. So Sarah, just lift your chest, your sternum. That's right. So that your upper back is quite long. Okay. Yep. Okay, so let's do another contraction. So we're pulling on the bar with the bottom arm. One, two, three, four, five.

Take a breath in. Lean a little further. Good. And then press that top hand into the bar a bit more. And just one more little addition. If you, if you're able to, if you could turn your sternum towards the Cary Jamie, without actually moving out of position though. So you leave your arms where you are. Just think of turning a little bit. I, I was reluctant to say that because it can get confusing, but you need to hold yourself in position and just turn slightly to your, the middle of your chest towards the carriage.

But keep the downs where they are. Good. So when you've had health 10, let's come out of the stretch slowly. If you feel lightheaded as you come out of those stretches, just hold your breath until you're up like this. Okay, good. Alright, so we've done a bit of rotation. Now we need to stretch the long, the long head of tri-cities, which is often very tight in tennis players and the Letts specially on the dominant side. So let's, um, let's do another one on the reformer and then there is a floor version, but you both look comfortable there.

So let's try it on the reformer. So what you need here is probably just a blue spring. And to stretch the lads, we need to get the arms overhead. That's the essential part. So what we'll do is I'll sit on an on, not quite parallel on a slight angle, a bleak angle towards the bar. And then I'm going to push the carriage out and low on my chest this way.

Okay. It doesn't matter if you bought them lifts. So that's the starting position. And really what we'll, while we're in is an overhead position. That's the start. So let's, let's get into that and then I'll talk about the rest. Sarah, if you just put your hand a bit wider. Yeah, that's good. So slight angle, reach around, push the carriage out as far as you can and lower your chest as much as you can. So that's the first position. Then watch an eight to do is you need to move your shoulders sideways away from the center of the carriage. So it really, we're doing that so we, yeah, moving out.

So we're bending the LED's around the rib cage. This can be a shorter, yeah. Yeah. That hand about shoulder width and this hand, the middle hand on the bar is pushing into the bash. Yes. Push and lane. Oh, okay. Yeah, yeah. That one's just holding still good. So you're both feeling a stretch there. Again, the stretch should be there on the outside of the spine. If it's deep in the shoulder joint, it's not a stretch, it's, it's probably a an impingement. So if that's the case, we'll find a different stretch for you. All right, so we'll do a contraction.

So we're gonna push this arm, the one that we're stretching outwards, so as if you're trying to length on the bar. So push it out. So one, two, you're just pushing into my hand. Three, four, five, stop. Take a breath in and then lean a bit more. Push the other hand a bit more. We'll hold for a few breaths and then we'll try a slight variation. If you've got someone to help, they can always put the hand just under your shoulder.

And this is by pushing you out a bit more. Yeah. The very ice in here is to lift the outside shoulder, but you need to make sure when you lifted, you keep leaning. Yeah. How's that feel? Yeah, you won't get a great deal of movement that you might find that the stretch moves here and down into some of the lake and quadratus muscles as well. Yeah. You have the Cape, the lane, you're getting a stretch this. Yeah. So I'll just push you a bit. Now try and lift this outside solver [inaudible] like this as if you're lifting it above the other one.

How's that? So as I said, that might change the stretch to a little lower down and maybe around the waist a bit more. Especially if you exaggerate your breathing. Yeah, I can feel your breath going into here. And that is like pumping up a little ball in there and it stretches all the muscles that are surrounding it. Okay, good. All right. So you can roll back slowly and bring the carriage in.

Yes. And we might try the other side. Yeah. Okay, good. So Yep. So sitting sort of arms length from the bar and then rotate both hands on the bar about shoulder width, then move the carriage out. And as I said, it doesn't really matter if you bought him lifts during this one. Yeah. This time, Sarah, you've got to move towards the window. Yeah.

So always you're leaning away from the center of the carriage. Okay. And push the arm that that you're not stretching. Push that one into the bar. So you can see a nice shape here that the spine is, is all the rib cages flexed and leaning in this direction and the muscles around it are being stretched good. So let's do a contraction. So again, you push the outs, the hand, that's the hand that's on the end of the bar, not the one that's in the middle, the one that you're stretching, push it out.

Or it's as if you're lengthening the bar and stop. Take a deep breath in and then see if you can lean a bit further out and then push the hand in. It's in the middle of the bar. Push that into the bar. Good. And the final variation was to just lift. Raise that outside shoulder and I'll show you again, if you've got a partner they could push you out and help you to raise.

Is that all right? And it can exaggerate the breathing as much as you can. What we're trying to do with the breathing here is use the breath to open up whatever space is available. So it's not um, lateral constricted breathing. It's full breathing. Okay. When you found well while you come out of it, I'll just get a box or here's one and we're going to do a back bend to finish off. Good. So a lot of tennis players, um, are very tight in the pics because of the nature of the sport again and there'll be quite rounded through the upper back. Um, so let's try a stretch that will open up the chest and extend the upper back a little as well. So I'm gonna, I've put the box here because not everyone likes having their head into strong and extended position. Let's um, let's put on all the springs because we don't need the carriage to move.

I'll get you in position first time if you sit right up here facing that way. And depending on how much a I'll have, how much have Barney your back is in him? I'm trying to think of a delicate way of putting this. It depends on how much body fat there is. Back here you have, you've got quite a lot there. I mean, no, I'm kidding you. You don't have much. Say you might need some more padding, but let's give it a try first.

So if you like lie back like this, the, the bar is just below your scapula. Yeah. And take, he hit back. Is that comfortable? Okay. Now I'll get a, you can try that too and I'll get a stick while you're relaxing there. All right. So take your head back and take your arms back and with your legs.

Let them hang over the aides so that your hip flexor muscles are relaxed. Because remember your hip flexor muscles also attached to the lumbar spine. And I will prevent your lumbar spine from opening up and being distracted if they're tight or contracted. So relax them as much as you can. I'll get to you in a minute. Sarah, if you just relax there. So Amy, I'm going to just pull back on your arms and you tell me when it's enough. She's never going to say stop. Uh, not obviously. Just letting, yeah, just relax.

Fantastic. Okay. Is that far enough? This? Sure. Yeah. So remember the first position should be about five or six out of 10 in terms of what you think he could tolerate about their good. So let's do a contraction. If you push your hands up to the ceiling, good, then stop breathing. And then I'm going to re stretch a little. You say when Jane Moore.

That's great. We're making you work backwards. I'm just a bit worried about ripping your arms off. Great. That's great. I haven't gotten any insurance in the u s you know, so what I'm doing now is just, I'm pulling on one side and again, if you're a tennis player, you might find that one side is much tighter and the other way. Good. And when you, so I'll stop there. We could hold for longer.

When you're coming out of this, be very careful because remember that your disks are all protruding forward. I'll give you a stretch in a minute. So you need to contract your abdominal muscles, tighten and just flex yourself forward. And then you might want to do a counter pose, which is what you're doing pretty naturally anyway, which is just going into that rest position. While you're doing that, I'm going to give Sarah an alternative position, so see how you've got your hands together. You can bend your elbows for those of you who have that sense of impingement here.

If you hold this position it externally or turns out the upper arms, which gives you a bit more space here so it's a bit more comfortable. So from here I'm going to pull your arms back and down [inaudible] and you tell me when you can keep your arms, Ben. Yup. Then enough. That feels great. Yeah, that's, that's good. Okay. If you are partnering someone, just make sure that very stable so that you're not shifting around and moving them around. [inaudible] yeah, if, if, if she's got sold a pain, it's better in this position.

All right, so push your arms up and relax. Breathing. Good. I'm just re stretching and you tell me when to stop. Okay. Then I can't go anymore because of the box. That's fabulous. Good. I'm going to let go in a minute.

I'm going to step back very quickly. Okay, good. So again, remember when you're coming out of this stretch flex, I take the Tuck Your Chin in towards your next, a little bit of flexing. Good. Tighten your abdominal muscles and you might even want to use your arms to help you out of it. Good. A nice counter pose. If you stay there, it's just push your hands into the Shalva.

Rissa pushed them voids and upwards flex or, or tilt your, allow your pelvis to tilt backward and tighten your abdominal muscles. So we're flexing right through the spine and by pushing forward and upwards brings the stretch up here as well. As I said, we were going to do a golf class in a moment and there's a lot of overlap between the rotational movements in swinging a golf club and a tennis club. So in the next class, we're going to focus a bit more on the muscles of the hips and trunk, um, B, which will also be relevant to tennis players, but it's, um, so hopefully if you look at the next one, you will get a really good, um, group of stretches that you can find for yourself and practice over a period of time. Okay. Thank you. All right. Thank you so.


Very interesting. I could almost feel the freedom of your shoulders/arms Amy and Sarah!
Glad you enjoyed it Kerry. Let me know if you need any advice :)
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Thank you, Anthony, this was great. Can you do the second to last upper back stretch (the one on the box next to the reformer) on a spine corrector?
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I have been out of town and have yet to try this but cannot wait! Thank you for a tennis-geared stretch. I have watched this and i can tell it's huge! Thank you PA and Anthony. Catherine
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Please bring more of sport specific stretches/exercises to us.
Lori, Im sorry Im away teaching for this week. When Im back I will have a look and answer your question. Glad you enjoyed it Denise :)
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Using this for my squash player client! Thank you for sharing. Awesome.
delighted to hear it!
Thanks Anthony! My 13 yr. old son is rapidly on his way to becoming an elite pitcher. I worry about over-use and resulting asymmetry causing injury and long-lasting problems. I already work with him on the reformer and stretches at home. You've given me some great ideas and little tweeks I can use to improve the quality of our sessions. Looking forward to watching the next video for lower body that will address trunk rotation and flexibility in hips which will allow him more power in batting as well. Yeah!
Fantastic Kim,. Your son is very lucky that are are aware of the possibility of long terms damage. 30 years of tennis have taken their toll on my joints, so keep it up :)
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