Fit to Hit returns for second season

March 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES —* Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, will unveil its second season of tennis health-and-nutrition series Fit to Hit Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. ET. The half-hour instructional program will again be hosted by Danielle Dotzenrod, and look at the world of sports diet and fitness from a tennis player’s perspective. Tailored for both amateur and professional tennis players, new episodes of Fit to Hit will appear on Sunday nights each week this spring. A complete schedule is available at

Introduced in late 2009 in conjunction with Pacific Rock Productions, Fit to Hit presents viewers with the latest trends and training techniques from elite instructors and sports-medicine professionals. The series offers guidance on tennis science and equipment, aerobic thresholds and endurance, injury prevention, wellness, mental strategies, and best nutritional practices, in addition to an assortment of habits and routines that viewers can use to improve their tennis experiences. Each episode is broken into four segments to showcase a variety of tips, drills, strategies and non-traditional workouts that help tennis players of all levels improve their games.

“The response we received during the first season of Fit to Hit was overwhelming,” said Laura Hockridge, vice president, original programming. “Most Tennis Channel viewers play recreationally and Danielle resonates with them because, like so many in our audience, she’s not a former academic or professional tennis player. She took up the game in her twenties and we see how much it’s turned into a passion for her as she learns and teaches us more about the things anyone can do to enjoy tennis to the fullest.”

Dotzenrod had never picked up a tennis racquet until a few years ago. The sport has subsequently become a major component of her life, with several matches on her schedule each week. Fit to Hit follows her as she discovers new ways to improve her on-court abilities and fitness level, sharing her discoveries with like-minded and equally avid tennis viewers. Since hosting the first season of Fit to Hit, Dotzenrod has appeared in the network’s fan guides prior to major tournaments like Wimbledon and the US Open, feature segments during the French Open and a series of holiday shorts.

New in 2011, each episode of Fit to Hit will feature trivia and tips from Health magazine’s editorial staff and experts. The second season will highlight the following (all premieres at 7 p.m. ET):

Train Like a Pro (April 3) — power training with Andre Agassi’s long-time trainer Gil Reyes, power food and supplements, bad thoughts and more. Filmed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Alleviating Stress (April 10) — swimming, water aerobics, hiking, preventing joint pain, sleep aids, and Western-vs.-Eastern healing approaches. Filmed in Los Angeles; Stanford, Calif.; and Scottsdale and Tucson, Ariz.

Stand Taller, Play Better (April 17) — horseback riding, neuromuscular therapy, exercise ball and chair, osteoball, and back injury prevention. Filmed in Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Finding Your Ideal Bodyweight (April 24) — measuring body fat, choosing a trainer, over-eating, food myths and more. Filmed in Los Angeles; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; and Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mind/Body Connection (May 1) — mountain biking, meditation, equine experience, foam roller class and mindful eating. Filmed in Tucson, Ariz.

Power (May 8) — plyometrics, weight vest, off-court solutions to on-court problems, USTA ballistics and more. Filmed in Los Angeles; Tucson, Ariz.; and Rancho Santa Fe and Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Tennis Channel ( the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV and DISH Network.