Hey...it's Friday! Tennis Racquet Skills and Fashion in Check

Sometimes you just have to pause and breath in all that a Friday is! 

So...here goes...this is our Friday vibe on this day, November 17, 2017: 

Tennis Player wearing Wristpect Sport Alley wristband

Sponsored athlete Savannah Broadus is wearing our Alley black and white wristband. This nifty and elegantly designed single wristband is deceiving in it's pretty fashionable looks 'cause it's ready to take on THE SWEAT! At $9.50 retail (hint: with a SALE coming soon) this gem of an accessory is perfect for the gift giving season; whether that be a gift for your doubles partner, team captain, or entire team, OR yourself, it's perfectly topped off with our signature retro paper envelope.

Simply add a bow...give a gift...stop someones's sweat!

Thanks for sharing Friday with us!

 

Take 5! Five Tennis Majors all with fashion, flair and fun!

#5 Tribute to Bethanie Mattek Sands & Lucie Safarova by Wristpect Sport

We've found ourselves taking MORE than 5 minutes to reflect on the...

EPIC 5 major tennis titles that Bethanie Mattek Sands and Lucie Safarova

...recently amassed with their win during the finals of the 2017 French Open!

Bethanie Mattek Sands and Lucie Safarova communicating

Their fun, smiles and quirky ways on the women's pro tour tour leak into our minds here and there throughout our days as we man the fort at Wristpect Sport and further our journey in tennis and sweat!

Sure these two professional tennis gals have taken 5 major tennis titles BUT we've learned as they collect the hardware...

...They are truly GIVERS in so many ways!

Bethanie and Lucie (known as 'Team Bucie') are GIVING to the sport of tennis by:

  • Showing women and little girls that sports can indeed become a BIG part of life!
  • Letting us (as well as their pro tennis peers) in on their behind the scenes moments.
  • Demonstrating that a US born athlete can team up with a CZECH born athlete proving that there are NO barriers between people, athletes and countries!
  • Displaying their courage to play against others as a untied doubles team BUT also to show that same courage AND respect when they have to battle against each other in singles play AND when their respective countries have to compete against one another in sport.
  • Learning to merge their distinct court styles of: Bethanie as Spider Man at the net and Lucie as the Czech Wall on the baseline; all the while switching it up and challenging themselves to both be good EVERYWHERE on court!
  • Maintaining healthy athletic body types which in turn allows them to enjoy wearing unique cuts and styles in tennis apparel and accessories! 
Bethanie Mattek Sands hails Lucie Safarova in French win!

    (Bethanie Mattek Sands giving props to Lucie Safarova post their 2nd French Open doubles title 2017) 

    Here's to Bethanie and Lucie...may they continue to TAKE more titles and reap reward for their hard work and talents because they've GIVEN us so much!

     

     Like houndstooth patterns and the color red? CLICK HERE to shop the 'Tide' wristband (from the Crimson Tide set) shown on Bethanie in the top 2 pictures above.

    Like black and white neutrals and pretty designsCLICK HERE to shop the 'Alley' wristband shown on Bethanie in the picture directly above.

    (ALL photos taken by Wristpect Sport --even if it has to be off a television screen) 

     

    The Good, Bad and Ugly of What to Say to Your Tennis Partner

    What To Say

    We'll get this out of the way right from the beginning!

    As proficient athletes here at Wristpect Sport, we enjoy the positivity of tennis and sports, and have built a brand name based in the word respect. We would never say anything bad OR ugly to our tennis partners! It just doesn't compute as decent people nor as athletes (and it actually feels odd to even type this common sense way of being).

    Today, I'm sharing some of the GOOD that I have personally said to the various doubles partners I've played with over the years. The GOOD that helped motivate my partner and I, or the humor that helped keep us loose during tense moments.

    But BEFORE you check out my list, please think about offering the GOOD things YOU and your doubles partners say by commenting below and/or commenting in the Facebook post tied to this blog story! We can all learn/borrow from one another!

    Some GOOD Things to Say to Your Doubles Partner:

    Arctic Tigris wristband pattern with link to Wristpect Sport NOTHING:

    I'm a social creature/athlete that likes feeling super connected to my teammate, friends, etc BUT I'm also an observant athlete and recognize what my partner may need from me. And sometimes, they need me to say NOTHING!. Maybe they are super nervous. Maybe they are being tough on themselves. Let it be.

    Spring tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect SportLET'S DO THIS!

    This popular phrase may have started from the Home Depot as they have it plastered (all puns intended) on paint buckets to motivate do-it-yourself folk BUT athletes love this and it works! IT commits the mind in hopes that the body will follow.

    Viper tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect Sport BE EVERYWHERE- IT PISSES PEOPLE OFF!

    Sorry for the lack of class with that one word but I'm an athlete that speaks from the heart and a place of adrenaline when in the battle! I think I coined this phrase---and maybe no one would want to claim it---BUT, I've said this so many times I can't count and EVERY doubles partner responds positively! They laugh, relax a bit and feel a nudge of motivation, knowing intuitively, if we CAN indeed run down nearly every ball, we stand a better chance OR will at least keep the opponent honest.

    Alley tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect SportRUN LIKE THE WIND!

    I like doubles play at the net (where it should be played) because I like to volley but many partner's I've teamed with, do not. But there are times when we all need to volley and poach and get out of our comfort zone to gain the advantage, or keep a good returner honest. So often I say, "I'm serving at the body, you RUN LIKE THE WIND to cut off the return!" The phrase brings humor to the poaching strategy and takes the 'big bad wolf' out of the uneasiness one may feel while poaching.

    Viper tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect SportWE'RE CLOSER TO CHIPS AND SALSA!

    Yeah, I know you're probably thinking she shouldn't tell people she coined this, it's weird. BUT, I've said: "Get this point and we're that much closer to chips and salsa" during many a 3 set teeter totter match when I sensed my partner and I are waining in mind and nutrients, and it works! Food motivates us all and good athletes will eeek out that extra reservoir of effort to get the point/s that lead to the WIN knowing it makes a basket of tiny triangular goodness (topped with tangy salsa) taste that much better!

    So all that is said between me and my doubles partners is GOOD!

    My words may not even include tactical play diagrams, physics or mathematics BUT I do know the game of tennis, and I do speak from the heart and a place of lightness in such a way that I can keep myself and my partner motivated, relaxed and connected!

    And that my friends, will get any doubles team --or any two people through a battle on court or life! 

    PS- Of course I try to deliver my messages of GOOD to my doubles partners while also looking fashionable on court! If you like any of the unique numbered patterns shown above click each and they'll open a door to the GOOD in tennis fashion!

     

    Junior Tennis Players on the Move with Goals & Fashion!

    We re-live a bit of our tennis and sport pasts each time our Wristpect Sport junior tennis athletes update us on their journey! But when the parents of these athletes share the exciting stats, pictures and nail biting details, we get drawn in even more.

    A recent week started like this when we received an email from Jamilah Snell’s father, Gary:

     Well interesting week.  Because of a glitch Jamilah didn't get selected for our Level 4 event in 14s. Timing of… selection and rankings… Her options were: play 14 qualifier…and if we're going the qualify route, why not play 16s? So we did. And she drew the #1 seed and WON!!!”

    This is EPIC and HUGE! It moves us to know that these junior athletes are working, sweating, welcoming challenges and setting goals in tennis and sport. Drawing the number one seed in a ‘16’s’ tennis tournament --at the age of 12-- AND winning the match will not be forgotten by the athlete, her parents, or the Wristpect Sport brand.
    No, you will always remember a 3-6, 7-6, 14-12 match, that you WON! A match that made you reach within to ‘keep it between the ditches’ while you tasted 5 match points before wining! This match will serve Jamilah for a lifetime!

    Tennis Stats by Wristpect Sport        

    Jamilah is on the move for sure with her tennis goals and we couldn’t be more proud. We are equally proud that she chooses to wear our unique fashionable wristbands to mop sweat and show her individuality both in sport and life!

    Above, Jamilah is shown wearing 'Giraffe' from the 'Giraffe/G-Floral' wristband set. Interesting, the is is the same set Bethanie Mattek Sands word during her 2015 Australian open doubles win with Lucie Safarova! Jamilah is indeed moving in the right direction!

     Beaming with pride and respect,

    Food, Fuel, and Exercise: 10 of the most efficient foods and drinks

    Dial in to the 411 on food, fuel, and exercise. Whether your goal is fitness or performance food is there to fuel you. Food can be separated into 3 categories: fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Each category provides a much needed benefit for daily living. Knowing what makes up your food can help you use food to boost your performance and improve your overall health. Here are some foods that when introduced into your diet pre, post, and during workout can help to enhance your personal goals.

    1. Water Think you need a sports drink during or after exercise? Not if you’re hoofing it for less than 60 minutes according to the American Dietetic Association’s Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group. Unless you work out an hour or more—or are an extremely heavy sweater—good old H2O is the perfect hydration drink. But if you are a sweater and working out in the heat and or humidity an electrolyte drink is called for. Smart Water is not the same as common bottled water. This water contains electrolytes, so it is an unflavored sports drink in a water bottle. This is one of the best diet conscious electrolyte drinks on the market.

    2. Raisins Skip the energy bar and fuel up with a small box of raisins instead. They’re just as portable as an energy bar but deliver so much more, like energy-boosting carbs and potassium, one of the most underrated sports nutrients around. Potassium naturally maintains fluid balance, helping to prevent dehydration as well as muscle cramps. But when you work up a sweat, you lose it. Conveniently, a small box of raisins provides more than 300 milligrams of this mighty mineral, nearly as much as you’d get from a small banana. Don’t confuse a Craisin for a raisin. Though delicious Craisins do not contain much potassium. The banana is a great source of potassium but for portable I’ll take the mighty raisin.

    3. Oatmeal When priming your muscles for a workout, carbs are your best friend. They provide glucose, the fuel your muscles run on. But, just as there are grades of gasoline, not all carbohydrates are created equally. Complex carbs from whole grains are slowly digested and deliver a sustained blood sugar release that energizes you throughout your workout. Oatmeal is just such a carb and it is rich in beta-glucan, a fiber that slows digestion and keeps blood sugar on an even keel. For maximum results, choose whole oats. They’re digested more slowly than quick cooking or instant oatmeal.

    4. Spark AdvoCare Spark® is a unique multi-nutrient system that was developed as a nutritional source of energy. It's a sugar-free with more than 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically to provide a healthy, balanced and effective source of energy, primarily caffeine, that won't overburden or over stimulate your body. A 2009 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study found that men who received a jolt of caffeine an hour before bicycling intensely reported less muscle pain during their workout than a similar group of cyclists who went caffeine free. Worried that caffeine will dehydrate you? Don’t be. The American College of Sports Medicine states that caffeine isn’t an issue when it comes to hydration. Many I know choose coffee or a cola, for me it’s Spark.

    5. Salmon If you’re pumping iron, salmon could make you stronger. With 22 grams of high quality protein per three ounces, this smart catch provides the building blocks your body needs to re- synthesize muscle tissue after a tough workout. And that’s not all. Salmon is also nature’s number one source of vitamin D, a nutrient that many of us don’t get enough of. That can make it harder to build muscle according to a 2010 Osteoporosis International study which links low vitamin D levels to decreased muscle strength.

    6. Almonds It may sound counterintuitive, but the more intensely you exercise, the more damaging free radicals your body produces. Enter almonds. They’re a top source of antioxidants like flavonoids, phenolic acids, and vitamin E—all of which protect against harmful free radicals. In fact, cyclists who ate 60 almonds a day before meals for four weeks boosted their antioxidant capacity by 43 percent according to a study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

    7. Turkey Iron is a crucial mineral, without it you might not have the energy to drag yourself to the gym. Or, when you do, you’ll feel it. When working muscles don’t get the oxygen they need, they pump out lactic acid causing you to tire quickly. 3 ounces of cooked turkey provides 2.1 mg about 15% of what a woman needs and 30% of what a man needs daily. Oysters are a better source of iron but they just don’t appeal to me so it’s hard for me to recommend them so I'll stick with turkey.

    8. Tomato juice If you play tennis, bike, or run an hour or more, you’re not just losing fluids. You’re also sweating out electrolytes like sodium and potassium. The most natural electrolyte replacement is a glass of tomato juice. One eight-ounce glass delivers six-and-a-half times the sodium and 15 times the potassium you’d get from your standard sports drink. If you are not a fan of tomato juice but you still want a balanced electrolyte drink, AdvoCareRehydrate® is a sports drink that balances potassium and sodium.

    9. Low Fat Ricotta with Honey After hitting the weight room, your muscles are hungry for protein to help them repair and rebuild. Whey protein, used to make ricotta cheese, is a top pick. Whey is rich in B-lactoglobulin, a protein that’s especially effective in stimulating muscle resynthesis according to a 2010 Nutrition & Metabolism study. Adding some quickly digested carbs—like a drizzle of honey—to this post exercise snack encourages your muscles soak up that protein even faster. Another good choice is a whey protein smoothie.

    10. Ginger A strenuous tennis match or workout leave you aching. Instead heading to the medicine cabinet, make a b-line to the kitchen for some ginger. According to a 2010 Journal of Pain study this potent anti-inflammatory root eases post exercise muscle pain. It’s also been shown to reduce joint stiffness and swelling too.