Exercise of the Week: Reactive Tennis Ball Shuffle

Learn how to perform the Reactive Tennis Ball Shuffle, an exercise that Peyton Manning performs to improve his lateral speed, reaction time and knee stability.

STACK Exercise of the Week helps you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility.

Reactive Tennis Ball Shuffle

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STACK Exercise of the Week helps you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility.

The Exercise

Reactive Tennis Ball Shuffle

Who's Doing It

Peyton Manning, All-Pro QB

Sports Performance Benefits

Improves your ability to react and quickly move from side to side, which is critical for evading defenders or adjusting to catch a ball. It also stabilize your knees by increasing hip abductor strength.

How To

  • Stand five to seven yards in front of a partner with your feet hip-width apart, hips and knees bent, and arms in a ready position.
  • Have your partner toss a tennis ball to your left or right.
  • Shuffle to the side, pick up the ball and toss it back to your partner.
  • Repeat to the opposite side. Continue in an alternating fashion for the specified duration.

Sets/Duration: 3x15 seconds

Coaching Points

  • Stay low to the ground.
  • Don't lean forward or reach for the ball.
  • Increase the challenge by having your partner toss the ball further to the side.

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Topics: TENNIS | REACTION TIME | EXERCISE OF THE WEEK | EXERCISE | SPORTS | FASHION | SHUFFLE | SPORTS PERFORMANCE | TENNIS BALL | STABILIZE