In tennis, your shots are only as strong as your core.
Okay, I just made that up. But it sounds true, doesn’t it? Your core is key for stability and transferring energy from the legs up through the torso. More importantly, without a solid core, we’re not going to look as good in our tennis outfits.
I really hate working out, so I’m keeping this month’s tennis challenge short. I’m taking the 30-day plank challenge featured on Health.com. (Click on the link for the complete program.) Basically it’s a few minutes a day devoted to plank variations. There’s your standard plank, your rocking plank, plank with dips, etc.
On the first day, the challenge asks you to hold a basic plank for as long as you can. My time: 45 seconds. I’m no trainer, but I’m going to guess that’s not very good. I’m looking to see big gains by the end of February.
Do you want to look better in your tennis clo—er, I mean, improve your game with a stronger core? Anyone have any planking tips for newbies like me?