Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What to Wear for Tennis: Women's Tennis Skirt

"Dress for the job you want" applies to tennis as well as the office.

In other words, don't show up for tennis in running shorts, pocketless sweatpants, yoga tights or jeggings. Wear whatever you want on top, as far as I'm concerned, but what you wear on the bottom is important for three reasons:
Ralph Lauren tennis skirt with undershort. Note pocket!

  1. Tennis requires on-going access to balls. Don't waste time and energy constantly picking them up. Wear bottoms that have ball-sized pockets.
  2. Tennis demands footwork. Tripping on your yoga pants is a good way to end your tennis "career."
  3. Tennis takes itself a little seriously. Even if you play well, someone will give you the stank eye if you treat the sport like laundry day.
So, what to wear for tennis? Shorts with deep pockets that open wide enough to hold a tennis ball. A skirt with undershorts. Either the skirt or the undershort must have pockets. If you're a woman, wear a sports bra; you will be running. If you're playing outdoors, I recommend a hat to shade your eyes from the sun so you can watch the ball. I'm not a tennis shoe expert but strongly recommend a stable, strong-holding shoe. Tennis involves too much lateral movement for today's light-weight running shoes.

Most of all, tennis requires an ability to laugh at yourself. Mad dashes across the court, crazy lunges, wild swings and bad shots that send the ball a mile high are just the beginning of the folly and fun of tennis. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

These are not my shoes: Under Armour Spine Men's shoes

Men's Under Armour Spine shoe

These are not my shoes.

These are the shoes of a professional basketball player who wears a men's size 13.5.
I wear a women's 7.5 (approximately a men's 5). My toes barely reach the end of the laces and I couldn't get my heel to touch in the back. They are well designed for a big-a$$ foot.

These shoes belong to my friend's friend and when I saw them I could not resist putting them on (they are new, so no foot fungus among us). I imagined what it would be like to have feet this big. I bet I would never tip over; my base would be too big and my center of gravity too low.

These are not my shoes. But if they were, I would rock them!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blasted Abs

I'm only being a little ironic when I say, today, I totally blasted my abs.

First, I did one set each of three different TRX Body Saws (10 with crunches, 10 with pikes and 5 each leg of one-legged triple crunch, which sounds like a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor for pirates).

Second, I got on the ab board and did three sets each of:
  • 10 Leg lift
  • 10 Crunches
  • 10 Sit ups (sitting all the way up and engaging the lower back)
Third, I got on the core workout machine. I really should look at what it calls itself. Anyway, I did one set of 15 standard crunches and one set of obliques - 10 reps each side.

AND THEN, I did plank, side plank, plank, other side plank.

I came home, ready to photograph and post my newly blasted abs but, well, let's just say the photos didn't do the workout justice.

Looking forward to being sore tomorrow.