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Pushing for a powerful serve.

Smash Peterson didn't like losing that game. He's doing pushups to strengthen his triceps, the muscle at the back of the upper arms. Strong triceps mean a strong serve! See how Smash's body is straight from head to toe? His hands are shoulderwidth apart and directly under his chest. You try it.

As you lower yourself, breathe in and count to four. Don't touch the floor. Then, as you push up, breathe out and count to two. Don't lock your elbows. Do as many as you can. Try to add one pushup each time you exercise. If it's too hard, try resting on your knees to support some of your weight.

Remember to stretch whenever you exercise. Lift your right arm and try to touch between your shoulder blades. Use your left hand to pull your right elbow slightly toward your head. Pull until your right triceps becomes a little uncomfortable. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat for your left arm.

Remember to relax and keep breathing when you stretch. Good work!
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Title Annotation:exercises to strengthen muscles used in tennis serve
Author:Mikesky, Kay
Publication:Jack & Jill
Date:Jul 1, 1995
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