Simona Halep Coaching Setup

Simona Halep is rising the WTA rankings fast. Beginnning 2013 ranked 47 and reaching no.4 in the world by May 2014 it seems her well publicised timeout for surgery has not hurt her chances. It may even have helped them. I started noticing her in 2013 when a friend pointed her out as a potential champion. I liked her from the …

Cholesterol

Cholesterol gets a lot of bad publicity but the truth is that it is an essential part of all cells and so it is no real surprise that it is abundant in the human body. The prevailing theory is that cholesterol is the cause of modern diseases but how strong is the evidence to support this theory? and what, if anything …

Ageing well requires staying fit

Ageing is many peoples greatest fear because many believe that to age is to wane, that life doesn’t get any better but I for one haven’t seen that to be true. Working in a gym gave me an excellent insight because I saw people from all walks of life and in all stages. What I like to remind myself every …

Raise a child: The toughest thing you can ever do!!!

To explain what Fit2Thrive means I need to start by explaining the challenge that I want Fit2Thrive to help me with. That challenge is raising my children. For now it is about raising my son. I’ve always felt that nurturing a human from a dependent baby to a free thinking adult is both the best and the toughest thing you …

Margins

How well you play has a lot to do with how well you stay within your own margins and how well you push your opponent beyond theirs. they idea is that with any shot there is a way you can play it reliably. That is your comfortable level. As you increase the difficulty through adding power, aiming to tougher targets, …

The right kind of Tennis

This occurred to me at lunch. I write for tennis but it applies to anything we wish to master. As we face tougher opponents the natural change to occur is from exerting our game with ease to working harder and harder for an opportunity to apply our game. As we face tougher competition we naturally face more complete players willing …

What are your plans for retirement?

Last week I took the day off work and enjoyed a leisurely day in the sun. Okay, I was playing a 5 set tennis match with a good friend that lasted over 3 and a half hours, which is not most peoples idea of leisurely and certainly doesn’t seem like chilling out!! It was physically tiring but, for me, there is …

Strategy: Did you lose or were you beaten

All top competitors hate to lose but they can accept being beaten. That’s how I see the general reaction from players like Serena, Federer, Rafa and others. If they feel they could have played better and might have won they are annoyed with themselves because they let themselves lose. If however they gave everything. That’s the best they could have …

This week in Competitive Urge 16th Feb

A quick recap of the past week on The Competitive Urge 16th Feb New Articles Getting an online presence by iamtheseoguy The Tennis business model: How do lower ranked players survive financially? Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Injuries by Tennis Conditioning Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Tennis Statistics: Coretennis.net Updated Articles

The Tennis business model: How do lower ranked players survive financially?

I’ve been wondering about the business model of the tour. The big problem for tennis seems to be the travelling required. I really think it is holding back the tour, not really helping it. I came across this tweet Sarah Borwell @sarahborwellAnother article about the money situation on the Tour. Its becoming a major problem. Impossible to break into the…fb.me/3vYaCUk1G30 …

This week in Competitive Urge 9th Feb

A quick recap of the past week on The Competitive Urge 9th Feb New Articles Are You Ready for the Second Machine Age? Why does BP insist that you wait? 13 Ways to Keep Your Debt from Holding You Back 5 reasons why you don’t need to teach math Do You Have Entrepreneurial DNA? A Test To Help You Decide Updated …

Michel Roux: you don’t need a protein with every meal

Michel said in a radio 5 live interview that you don’t need a protein in every meal. That is how I see things but you need someone of Michels reputation to nail this home.   Relates to meat feast: is it time to change the way we eat meat?   come to the table describes meal times in france. A place that understands food …

Parsnip and Carrot soup

We just got a new soup maker. So as you can imagine I’ve been looking for reasons to use it. The dream is gorgeous soups with hardly any effort. The soup maker should do most of the work.

Stilton and onion pastryless quiche

Cooking should be easy. Atleast if you’re going to do it when you’re busy. I was stuck in that place with some blue cheese that needed eating up but no idea what to have it with. So a friend of mine suggested I make a quiche. I said I have pastry but its frozen. He said do it without. because …

Enjoy everyday activities more by knowing how digestion works

Because it’s not what you eat but the way that you eat it it is important to understand that the benefits of knowing why eating while moving can be bad for you? can be applied to more than just moving around. Exercise is is just one situation where dehydration is likely. Being aware of all these situations and activities where dehydration …

Toni Nadal Previews Roger v Rafa – 2014 Australian Open

Just had to record this interview. I haven’t seen many interviews from Toni. I’m fascinated given how much I’ve heard because I want to form my own opinion. I find Tonis emphasis on left handed play as a weapon interesting. For decades I’ve heard of the idea that left handers have an advantage over right handers for some reason. Lots …

Sarah Tomic: Kia Open Drive – 2014 Australian Open

Interesting to see players as the grow. I have heard a lot about Tomic, and too much about the father. Didn’t know he had a sister and that she’s good enough to get in to the Aus Open. You often learn about people from those around them so I had to see what the sibling is like. Confident but I …