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You have probably heard and read many articles about the importance of strength training for tennis. But how many of you have actually made the commitment to experience what a proper strength and conditioning program can do for you and your tennis game? No matter what level of tennis player you are, you should incorporate a solid strength and conditioning program into your daily routine.

Year after year, “getting healthy” ranks among the top New Year’s resolutions. While fitness goals are the most sought after improvements people resolve for in a new year, they are oftentimes the most difficult to achieve. However, with some tips from The Village Health Clubs and Spas, you can achieve your fitness goals and maintain a healthy new lifestyle for good!

Barre classes are all the rage right now and for good reason. These classes are inspired by techniques in ballet, Pilates, dance, yoga and functional technique. Some moves are done at the bar, some on the mat and some use mini balls, resistance bands or small hand weights to maximize results. With fun music and inspiring group class leaders, barre classes can sculpt, define, and lengthen the body. Each Village Health Club & Spa location offers its own take on barre classes. Try them all and find your favorite!  

One of the keys to being a successful athlete is knowing what it takes to win. On the flipside, it’s also key to know why you lost. Whether your opponent was just having a killer game, you got frustrated with your equipment, or even that you weren’t physically feeling your best, they all point to a lack of focus.  Whatever the reason, or excuse might be, there are still ways to overcome the loss and take the win in your next match. If you can stay true to these five steps, you will increase your odds of having amazing experience in your next match, no matter who your opponent is or their skill level. 

As fitness trends have developed over the years, one that has gained popularity and continues to give participants great results is boot camp. As the name suggests, these workouts have been modeled after military-style fitness regimes that include an intense mix of strength training and aerobics that build strength, flexibility, and endurance sans the shaved head and loud drill sergeant. However, boot camps certainly put participants to the test and push them to achieve their very best results. If you’re considering giving a boot camp class a try, come prepared to give 100 percent!

The CrossFit Company,  founded by former gymnast Greg Glassman, has taken the fitness world by storm since its development in 2000. Glassman, who was a teen gymnast seeking to achieve better results in all areas of fitness not just one specialized ability, developed his high-intensity fitness routine of varied functional movement exercises to help people build muscle faster, and promote quicker recovery times, while becoming a part of a fitness community.

 

 

It’s fall competition time in the tennis world! Tennis leagues are in full swing and matches mean more - not just for you, but also for the rest of the team. That’s a lot of pressure, right? Don’t worry, with a few of the following tennis tips, you can be at the top of your tennis game faster than you can say “love.”

 

 The lyrics from the popular 1965 song "What the World Needs Now is Love" with lyrics by Hal David still ring true today. Maybe the world does need more love; but in the fitness community what we really need is time, sweet time. Time is a precious commodity when it comes to fitness - especially when working out every day may not be possible. Keeping our bodies in healthy maintenance mode or in peak athletic form requires plenty of attention, cardiovascular work, strength training, flexibility, recovery and repair. The fitness cycle takes time, and we can help you maximize what workout time you do have.

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