Monday, August 11, 2014

Congrats to USTA State champs!

I'm very proud of all USTA State Champions I worked with this year!  Way to go Linda, Susan, Karen, Peter and more!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Running 20+ lessons/drill sessions per week.  Get in on the fun today and contact me to join a lesson!

Here is some shoe-lacing methods to reduce foot problems:

3 Shoe-Lacing Methods to Prevent Foot Injuries

Blisters and bunions can thwart even your best-intentioned spring training efforts. Matthew Werd, D.P.M., a triathlete and podiatrist based in Lakeland, Florida, helps you adjust your shoe-tying technique to ease common foot-related woes.
PLUS: Are you wearing the right shoes for your feet? Check out our list of the Best New Running Shoes to find out.


Prevent irritation by lifting the shoe's toe box. Lace the bottom pair of holes as usual, but make the outer section of lace twice as long as it is on the inner side. Bring the shorter piece from the inside through the top hole on the shoe's opposite side. Pull the longer piece up through the next hole on the opposite side. Then bring it down through the hole across from it. Repeat the process with the remaining holes. RELATED: Prevent the 5 Most Common Running Injuries


Alleviate pressure by freeing up more room for your feet to move inside your running shoes. As you lace each shoe, skip the bottom pair of holes (the ones nearest to your toes); instead, start threading the lace at the second pair of holes. Then lace the remaining holes upward toward your ankle, using the same pattern and tightness that you would normally use to securely tie your running shoes. RELATED: The Surprising Way to Run Longer and Faster


Make the shoe more snug around your ankle. Lace all of the holes except for the set located closest to your ankle. Thread one end of the lace through the next hole on the same side of the shoe, leaving enough slack in the lace to form a small loop. Repeat the process on the other side of the shoe. Bring each lace through the loop on the opposite side. Pull to tighten, and then tie the shoes as you normally would.
More: Active Gear Scout: 2014 Spring Running Shoe Guide

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Muscle memory is real and easy! Practice the way you want to play and you can play more relaxed on cruise control.

7 Facts About Your Muscles

Your muscles aren't just fibers and nerves. They're complex tissues that help you move and, in the process, torch calories and fat to give you a lean, fit figure. So do yourself a favor and get to know them—they're a lot more interesting than you might think.
RELATED: The 13 Biggest Fitness Myths
1. Your muscles can be up to 70 percent water, says Monica Nelson, American Council on Exercise-certified fitness expert. So when you work out, you should always carry some H2O with you to keep them hydrated.
2. Muscle tissue makes up 35 to 40 percent of your body weight, says Nelson. So keep this in mind before jumping to conclusions when you hop on the scale. BEWARE: How The Gym Can Make You GAIN Weight
3. For every pound of muscle, the average person can burn up to 50 extra calories, says Nelson. Hmm, suddenly that number on the scale doesn't seem so bad...
More: How Does Your Body Burn Fat?
4. Using heavier weights in your exercises won't necessarily make your muscles stronger. In order to make strength gains, practicing good form should be at the top of your get-fit list, says fitness expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of BarreAmped.
PLUS: How Can I Tell If My Weights Are Heavy Enough?
5. While you can't target weight loss, you can spot tone certain muscles. Just do workouts that are specific toward the body part you want to work on (shoulders, abs, legs), and you'll start seeing results in no time. (Or, try following our guide to The Best Workout for Your Body Type.) Learn how, here.
6. A single step uses almost 200 different muscles, says Nelson, including your hamstrings, quads, iliacus, and psoas major and minor.
More: Infographic: Muscles Used During a Forward Lunge
7. Your muscles memorize movement patterns, says strength coach Lee Boyce, owner of Boyce Training Systems in Toronto, Canada. So if you end up taking a break from the gym—planned or unplanned—all your body needs is a few warm-up exercises to remember how to get into the swing of things.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Outdoor lessons have started up again.  Madison courts could still use a heavy rain to wash away the winter debris.  After doing some weekend indoor lessons for GMTA at Nielsen, I'm happy to get outside again.
The above pic was my first time playing on indoor clay courts on a trip to New York late last year.