Little Girl, Big Dreams

As the U.S open comes around again tennis comes back into the spotlight, as does Maria Sharapova, one of the sports brightest stars. Russian-born Sharapova picked up her first tennis racquet at just the age of four. From then on out her parents were incredibly supportive of her tennis career. Her father would even practice with her in the park until she was able to take tennis lessons. Despite money being tight at times, her father made sure Maria was always able to train, taking extra low paying jobs until Maria was able to get into the prestigious IMG Academy.

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Domination

Sharapova has been competing in the WTA tour since 2001 and has even been ranked number one in the world five separate times for a total of twenty-one weeks in the number one spot. Additionally, not only is she one of just ten women to earn a career grand slam, but she also has a Olympic medal to her name, earning a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympic games. Despite a career that has been riddled with injuries, she was named by the Tennis Channel as one of the 100 greatest of all time. She was also named by Forbes as the highest paid female athlete in the world for eleven years.

No Days Off

When it comes to staying fit, Sharapova is highly regimented, training five or six days a week for up to six hours a day to ensure she doesn’t lose any lean muscle. Her basic routine includes some stretching, a jog on the beach, several hours of tennis, followed by core work and interval training on the bike, or running hills and sand dunes. When she hits the gym she certainly doesn’t hold back. See if you can keep up with this Sharapova inspired workout, you just need is a medicine ball, resistance band, and a workout partner!

Workout Via http://coveteur.com/2014/06/30/maria-sharapova-exercise/

Do each exercise for a minute, then repeat the circuit three times!

Single Leg Deadlift to Ball Pass – face your partner standing with your legs about hip width apart and hold onto the medicine ball. Hinge at the hips, sending your hips and bum backwards while lifting your right leg back behind you. Keep your core tight and come back to standing. Repeat on the other leg and then chest pass the ball to your partner. Do as many reps as possible in a minute.

Overhead Triceps Extension – hold a resistance band by the tubing overhead with your arms straight and palms facing in. Have your partner stand behind you and pull down on the band as you bend at your elbows, keeping your arms in tight by your ears. Go for a minute then trade with your partner.

resistance bands

Dynapro resistance bands work great here. They are the highest quality and made for professional level workouts. They are available in a variety of colors and levels of resistance and are even adjustable in length, so they can fit everyone.

 

Russian Twist Ball Toss – sit facing your partner about two feet apart, with your knees bent and ankles crossed. Grab the medicine ball and use your oblique muscles to twist from left to right, touching the ball down to the floor just outside the hip. Then toss the ball to your partner and have them repeat. Work for a minute.

 Medicine Ball Sit Up – sit facing your partner with your knees bent and hold the medicine ball close to your chest. Lie back on the ground and then use your abs to pull yourself up to a sit up and toss the ball to your partner. They repeat the sit-up and toss in one smooth motion, continue working for a minute.

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