Did you read my last newsletter when I wrote about being ready for anything? How the work you do in the gym can and should help you live a better life outside the gym? If you agreed with that, and you are planning on playing golf or tennis this summer then now is the time to put that theory into action.

Golf and tennis are sports that are highly rotational and require great mobility in the shoulders and hips. (Not to mention the agility and quick lateral movements required in tennis) If these are sports that you are planning on starting or starting back with this summer then the time to start training for them is now.

Learning to increase rotational force – safely – is one of the most important thing you can do to increase clubhead and racket speed and reduce the risk of injury.

Golf and tennis are games of skill but they are also games that require the body to be able to produce a significant amount of twisting force. And this force is generated from the ground up…from the feet, to the ankles and knees, through to the back and hips and shoulders…this force is eventually transferred to the racket or club head making the ball travel far and where you want it.

I can’t tell you how often I have had clients tell me how much farther they are able to drive the ball after a few weeks of consistent training.

But here is a word of caution: if you aren’t currently working out and are interested in getting in shape for your summer rotational sport make sure that before you build strength, its vital you work on increasing rotational mobility first. Attempting to perform rotational exercises with any degree of speed or force, without first addressing mobility, can be a recipe for disaster.

Once you have improved rotational mobility, you can then start to work on your rotational strength. But here is my second word of caution: it is essential to keep in mind that if the body accelerates, it needs to have the ability to decelerate or damage will occur.

And so we divide rotational strength exercises into two categories:

1) Exercises that CONTROL rotational strength/force.
2) Exercises that PRODUCE rotational strength/force.

In order to prevent injury and improve your game a critical element is to develop the muscles that produce rotational strength and force as well as those that control deceleration.

Key Takeaways:

* Rotational training is one of the most important things you can do to increase clubhead speed and reduce the risk of injuries.
* Improved rotational power helps generate move clubhead speed.
* Improved rotational control helps prevent injuries in spine and other joints.
*A well designed pre season training program can help!

If you have any questions about this please let me know! We want you to have the best tennis or golf season yet and it only takes a few months of consistent and properly executed exercises to make that happen!


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