When Can I Start Lifting Weights?
The most common question we get asked as tennis fitness trainers is “What strength training can young tennis players do?” We have had many parents, coaches, and players etc asking us how can my kids get stronger the correct way. We saw the need for players to understand how to train the right way for strength gains. It can be challenging knowing what to do when to do it and how to progress your strength training. Having a strong body is the foundation of physical development. If you want to prevent injuries, have more power and recover quicker. Then getting… Continue reading
Is Strength Training For Tennis Worth It?
Most, if not every tennis player will develop some form of tennis injury during their careers. Some injuries cannot be prevented, but you will be surprised how many of the below injuries you can be prevented from doing one thing. We will tell you more about that later on. Most common injuries in tennis we see on a daily basis are, often the overuse injuries. Overuse injuries often develop slowly and can start out as a mild discomfort that gradually increases and becomes painful. Some common overuse injuries are: 1. Tennis Elbow – A very common cause of elbow pain… Continue reading
The Toughest Grand Slam
I have long regarded the French open as the toughest grand slam to win. But to win it 10 times takes a Herculean effort. We were fortunate enough to work over in one of the best Tennis Academies in Spain. During this time we were able to watch Rafa practice. You could see then he was a very special breed. His work ethic and focus to his training was amazing, even as a 14 year old. Having spent years on the tour, we have been lucky enough to watch him evolve, we have seen his game progress and admire the… Continue reading
Soft Kids or Soft Coaches
Everyone that is 30 or older, will have stories to tell about some of the hard and intense tennis fitness training we were put through in our youth. Whether it be tennis, fitness, football or any other sports we all remember those hard coaches that worked us to the bone. By today’s standards it could even be classified as a little brutal, but we talk to the kids we train about how different it was back in our day and how tough and challenging the training was. Fast forward to today and those hard tennis fitness training days are hardly… Continue reading
Specific Tennis Exercises for the Dirt
The best way to prepare for any surface is to do tennis training on it as much as possible. This is the law of adaptation and it especially applies for clay court tennis. On this surface, you need to learn how to slide into shots, recover after hitting and stay balanced. When you are born in a country where the main surface you train and compete on is clay, it just become natural to move efficiently, you don’t even realise it happens. You are able to start sliding when you build up that confidence. The other requirements are good balance,… Continue reading