Meet Jessica, one of LIJA’s Pro Players for 2013! She was born in Buffalo, NY but resides in Boca Raton, Florida. We are proud and excited to have her be a part of our team!
Jessica is currently ranked 125 in WTA singles & 100 in doubles
Make sure to keep an eye out for Jess as she climbs the rankings! Read her stories here:
This is my first blog for LIJA and I am super excited with all the events I have coming up. In a few weeks I am leaving for Europe for about six weeks. It will be my first summer in Europe playing lots of tournaments. During the next few weeks I will be doing a lot of training to prepare and really just making sure I have everything ready and organized (I tend to forget things haha).
Currently I am taking a few days off after traveling the past 4 weeks so that means I am not really looking forward to the first few days back of training because that means I will be sore! My training usually consists of a hit once, maybe twice a day for at least a couple hours. My off court workouts are usually about an hour to two hours as well. My off court workouts vary from pool workouts to doing a lot of bands. I don’t lift weights very often. I also do a lot of footwork and movement drills on the tennis court that are more strictly applied to tennis more than just strengthening.
My diet is another thing! I have a lot of allergies to various types of food so I am actually on board with the gluten free diet! I still do cheat a lot though just because I love bread, cheese, and chocolate but when it comes down to training weeks and during tournaments I am pretty disciplined.When it comes to dieting for myself and for others reading this, I would definitely suggest giving a cheat day! There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself but make sure it’s just one day or else you will find yourself on a week long cheat day! For tennis I don’t do a lot of running because it’s not really necessary. If I want cardio I make sure it is in intervals and non weight bearing because my body doesn’t hold up with the constant pounding of running. I stick to a lot of strengthening through bands and different movements to trigger small muscles that are hard to get to. I also do Pure Barre which is a form of yoga and Pilates that helps strengthen all those little muscles you can’t get to and keep me looking fit! Most importantly have fun and work your way up slowly! When I start back my training I don’t want to over do it but I tough it out the first week knowing that it will all pay off!
Thanks for reading my blog and hopefully I’ll be writing more soon. I’ll be sure to update you on my European summer in my next post!
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There you have it…a snap shot of the life of a professional athlete training hard and always travelling to compete. For more on our LIJA’s Pro Team visit our Pro Players page!
Spring is here and we have officially launched our Spring 2013 Collection. This spring’s runway color trends embrace a spectrum of bright energetic hues with a serious mix of luxurious colors to style up an outfit this season!
Shades of Green
Blasts of Blue
Pretty in Pinks
How are you rocking all of these bright color trends this season? Let us know in comments below!
P.S : For more Spring 2013 trend ideas be sure to check out our Inspiration and Spring 2013 Collection Pinterest boards!
Source: POPSUGAR Fashion
Running a race soon? Preparing for your next race isn’t just about the running. Here are some last-minute tips on what to wear, eat and think to make all that training worthwhile on the day of the race!
What to wear?
It is important that you race in the same clothes that you trained in – including socks, pants, shorts, sports bra and running shoes on the runs leading up to the race. Race day is not the day to test out new clothes ; you will thank yourself because any clothes that do not fit well will bother you during the race.
What to eat?
The days leading up to the race and on the day of the race, eat foods and meals that you know will work. This is not the time to try out new foods or anything fancy especially around the course. As much as the food and drinks provided on the course may seem appealing , they are not worth the risk of upsetting your stomach and affecting your performance. Stick to the foods you have been eating during your training sessions even until the very last minute of the race.
What to drink?
We all know hydration is important, but there is a way to hydrate properly : don’t drink excessive amounts is just as important as drinking enough, find the right amount. Use common sense and plan with the weather; if it is going to be hot on race day drink a little extra but you do not need to be drinking water at every water station. You should be hydrated enough before the race starts that you can focus all of your time on the course on running. Stick to the consumption of water you are use to during training. For some that means no water breaks at all and for other that could be every other water station.
What to think?
Follow your race plan. Even if this is your first race or your 10th race, everyone gets excited and pumped up to run. But make sure you don’t start off to quickly and loose all your energy in the beginning. You know what your flow and pace is to run – you have been training for the past few months. Stay mentally strong and stay focused and know that all of your training and hard work will get you through the finish line. Just make sure you actually enjoy the race and everything you trained for!
”The will to win is worthless, without the will to prepare.”
Which race are you preparing for? Comment below and share with us your racing preparation tips!
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For more running inspiration and tips be sure to check out our Pinterest boards!
Happy Masters Week Everyone! For most golf enthusiasts this is one of the best weeks of the year! Surely by now, you know how you are going to spend the next 4 days – watching the Masters Tournament. So if you are fortunate enough to walk the course live or watch from the comfort of your home, we have both sweet and savory (healthy) foods for the fairway!
In general, you want to snack on foods with carbohydrates for energy, proteins to help your body absorb the carbohydrate energy, and some good fats for slow digesting energy. Water is also critical to keep your muscles, body and brain working as well as possible.
Most kids - and many adults who want to remember being kids — love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We have a healthy twist on this classic :::
- Skip the sugary, processed jelly and make a whole-grain PB and fruit sandwich – sliced bananas work well, but so do thinly sliced green apples, strawberries, or peaches
- Be sure you choose whole-grain for a healthy sandwich
- You should also go for natural butter - MaraNatha All Natural No Stir Creamy Almond Butter
Raw mixed nuts or trail mix
Fruits – bananas, apples, pears, oranges, grapes
Vegetables – carrots, celery, cherry tomatos, cucumber slices
Named after the 4-time Masters Champion, Arnold Palmer classic is a delicious way to stay hydrated:
- 4 cups boiling water
- 5 regular-size tea bags
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 4 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- Garnish: lemon slices
For more Masters Tournament fun or other Healthy Eats and Treats ideas visit our Pinterest boards!
If you have any tips or recipes for golf nutrition or Masters Tournament traditions be sure to share with us! We love this time of year!
What is your favorite part of the Masters Tournament?
You don’t have to play golf or tennis to sport a casual yet chic polo. We love the appeal of our polos and they really can be paired up with anything in a girls closet.
We are lusting after each and every one of our polos, but here are 5 of favorites classic polos that particularly peaked our interest.
Endless options of polos that you will have in your wardrobe forever!
1. Core Jersey S/S Polo :: Available in Papaya, Powder & Zest
2. Contrast Placket Polo :: Available in Tuscan/Papaya & Papaya/White
3. Core Jersey S/L Polo :: Available in Bamboo/Glam & Pink/Slate
4. Core Fairway Polo :: Available in White/Powder, White/Tuscan, White/Fresh, White/Montana
5. Cross Placket S/L Polo :: Available in Fresh, Montana, White
Which is your favorite polo? What are the ways you love to sport your polos? Leave a comment below telling us about it!
PS: For more fabulous wardrobe essential be sure to check out our Spring 2013 Collections!
Check out our Pinterest boards for daily inspiration on how to wear these pieces and many more!