Muscles Worked-out While Playing Tennis
While many people tend to think of tennis as an upper-body sport, the truth is that few sports compare to tennis in terms of the number of muscle groups used. Tennis puts almost every muscle group in your body to work, and the amount of energy exerted during a match can easily burn up to 300 calories in 30 minutes.
Working those Legs
Pay attention the next time you play tennis to how often you are actually standing still – chances are, it’s not for more than a few seconds at a time. You are constantly moving on the tennis court, whether you’re running to hit the ball or jumping to serve it, and this works out a number of different muscles in your legs. This includes your glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. Much of the power you exert when hitting the ball originates from your legs and travels upwards, so without strong legs, it’s virtually impossible to become a serious player. Playing tennis on its own will strengthen up all of your leg muscles, however, doing targeted leg exercises, such as squats, will help you build muscle tone and keep your legs strong off the court.
Great Core Exercise
Often referred to as your “core” muscles, the muscles in your lower back and stomach are what controls your agility and balance. Just as most strength originates in your legs, most of your movements start out in your core. As you make your way from one side of the court to the other to match your opponent’s movements, your core muscles are what enable you to change directions quickly, and are also what keeps you balanced and prevents you from toppling over. Your oblique muscles are directly related to your ability to hit a forehand and backhand, so the stronger these muscles are, the harder you’ll be able to hit the tennis ball.
Arms & Shoulders
Because you use your arms to swing the racket and hit the ball, it only makes sense that your arm muscles are being worked out during a tennis match. Your biceps, triceps, upper back and shoulder muscles are all put to work from the moment you step onto the court until a winner is declared. With each match you participate in, the stronger you’ll find the muscles in your arms and shoulders become. You can also use targeted exercises, such as seated rows and bench presses, to further improve the tone of these muscles when you’re not playing tennis.
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