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Arm Stamina

Published: 13 Jun 2008 - 00:52 by daveamour

Updated: 13 Jun 2008 - 22:54

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I am wondering if anyone has any tips or exercies to build up the arm stamina needed to consistently hit a ball hard again and again and again during a long match.

Obviously you can train on court to build up your stamina but I'm wondering if anyone has any off court exercises which are targetted at this kind of ability.


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From daveamour - 13 Jun 2008 - 22:54   -   Updated: 13 Jun 2008 - 22:54

Thanks guys I'll give those a go.



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From mike - 13 Jun 2008 - 19:48

Dave, I think even swinging the racquet away from a court could be helpful. If you maintain the proper grip you will have to counteract the interntia of the racquet as you swing figure 8s or similar.

When you are on the court continuously volleying medium pace shots will certainly spark up your muscles.

As for the shoulders, I agree, be careful not to overdo it. A physio once told me of an exercise he gives to almost everyone with a shoulder complaint (can be a good preventative measure I think).
The movement is called a push up plus and involves getting into the top of the push up position, but instead of bending your elbows to drop down to the ground you use only your shoulders to lift your body up.

The arms stay basically still and it is the shoulders that do a very short range push up at the top. Doing 3 sets of 15 can be surprisingly difficult.

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From Adz - 13 Jun 2008 - 18:03

I think repeating certain squash routines is probably best (take a look at Jon Powers's "Exposed" DVD for some good examples). However one word of advice would be to be careful now to strain or tear your rotator-cuff muscles in your shoulder. Excessive overhead strain can cause huge problems (speaking from experience! ).


Build up slowly, and when the shoulder begins to get tight or sore, take a break!


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