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IS “B” FOR “BORG” OR FOR “BOSTON” OR PERHAPS FOR “BRUINS”?

Bjorn Borg played his first match in the United States in 10 years Thursday night at the $150,000 Staples Champions Cup, part of the global Champions Series tennis circuit. He beat fellow Swede Mikael Pernfors 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 (Champions Tie-breaker).

It is interesting to see Bjorn playing tennis with a Dunlop tennis racquet – as opposed to the old Donnay racquets from all of those matches all of us remember so well (or have seen on YouTube if you are of a younger generation). You can’t help but notice the huge “B” on Bjorn’s shirt that he played in on Thursday. Does it stand for “Boston?” Since as a Swede, he grew up playing hockey and patterned his two-handed backhand after a slap shot, perhaps the B stands for “Bruins” as in the Boston Bruins, the NHL squad from Boston? Well, “B” stands for Bjorn or Borg and it is part of his Bjorn Borg line of clothing that is immensely popular in Europe. The Bjorn Borg line of underwear is available in the United States and is tremendously comfortable if you haven’t worn them.

Let’s hope John McEnroe can beat Mats Wilander Friday night so Borg and McEnroe can duke it out in the semifinals of the Boston event – for old times sake.

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Using your core

medballbasement-002You use your Core when you hit every single tennis shot. I’d like to show you how you use your core when hitting a two handed backhand, and how to strengthen it in the gym.

I chose pictures of Ashley Harkleroad training in the gym. Ash is using the cable machine to mimic the actual stroke. Training with the cable machines is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your game. This along with Medicine Ball training will help you control the ball more and add zip to your groundies.

This type of training should be done 2 to 3 times per week. When you start, start off with a light weight to ensure proper form and to prevent injury. If you are too loaded up with weight, you can strain your lower back and injure yourself.

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I chose Maria’s backhand to demonstrate this. As you can see from these two pictures, the starting positions are similar.

To get more “underneath” the full follow through, lower the cable machine handle and sweep through the hitting zone in a low to high fashion. This exercise continues to be one of the favorites of many of my clients. It’s different than your traditional weight lifting exercises and can be a lot of fun. Don’t be surprised if you see your heart rate spike up here!

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