My tennis coach often tells me to bend my knees and use my legs more during our training drills. Apparently, bending your knees lowers your centre of gravity, thus providing you with more stability, and helps with shoulder, hip and trunk rotation, which allows you to give more power to a shot. This is something I particularly need for my backhand shots, but I need to be constantly reminded to bend my knees, otherwise I will naturally tend to stand up too straight. I suppose part of the reason I don’t naturally use my legs is that it is tiring…

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This is my last post on Dry January, even if there are still 3 days to go. The thing is, I know I won’t drink anything before the end of the month, so there is no need for me to wait until then to write this. Though I did read this morning that supermarkets in the UK are braced for a spike in alcohol sales today as people are expected to put an early end to Dry January…. But I also read in a lot of the comments to that article that people who have gone through Dry January are…

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This month I have started practising yoga every day, and sometimes more than once a day! I am doing Yoga with Adriene’s Revolution – 31 Days of Yoga programme and I am also learning a lot about yoga thanks to Cat Meffan’s #Yoganuary videos. I first started yoga about 2 years ago, but last year I got a bit distracted with fitness and tennis and I let my practice slip. I am going to try and be more disciplined this year, as I know that practising yoga will be important for my tennis progress. So here are 5 things I…

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Much like last week’s progress post, this isn’t really going to be about alcohol, as I haveĀ found it fairly easy to avoid alcohol so far this Dry January. I think this might be because I know that there is an end to this ‘alcohol ban’? The thing is, I don’t want to go back to drinking too much alcohol when January is over. I keep wondering if I should just continue to avoid alcohol, or whether I will be able to introduce alcohol back into my life in a balanced way. As I mentioned last week, I want to be…

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Although it didn’t feature in my Christmas Gift Ideas for Tennis Lovers blog post (as I only discovered it afterwards) I ended up buying my other half a Babolat POP from Tennis Warehouse Europe for Xmas. I wasn’t sure if it was just a bit of a gimmick, but it actually turns out that he loves it and is using it for all of his trainings and tennis matches. He has even developed Excel spreadsheets for tracking his progress (which I have turned into a template that you can download at the end of this post!). So I asked him…

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