Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year

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Improve While Sleeping!

Learn to Balance-Out Your Body

Did you know that you can improve your forehand while sleeping?
Most table tennis players are very one-sided.  From the constant body rotation with their forehand loops, most players have very flexible cores when rotating to the right (for right handed players).  However, these same players are not very flexible when rotating to the left.  This is one of the reasons that many elite table tennis athletes have to constantly battle against lower back pain.
I personally have had many back problems.  Last week, I was talking with my physical therapist and he made a recommendation.  He recommended that I sleep on my right side.  Sleeping on my right side really did balance out the lack of range of motion in that direction.  Most people (like myself) who sleep on their right side cross their left leg over so that they are rotated a bit like a lefty’s forehand loop backswing position.  In this position, it is able to balance out the lack of movement in that direction.
It might sound crazy to think that you can improve your table tennis game while you sleep…  and you might not believe me…  but hey, give it a try!  Sleeping on my right side has helped my back tremendously this week.  I plan to continue sleeping on my right side so that I can have better balance between right and left side flexibility.