Little Billy (10 years old) loves tennis, he plays everyday and is driven hard by his parents who commit both time and money to see him succeed and MAKE it. After 5 years of playing Billy decides he is done! He is finished playing and wants nothing to do with tennis.
Have you heard or experienced this yourself?
I have seen this happen too many times……
There are a number of reasons;
1. Kids get pushed or driven too hard.
2. People around players don’t know how to manage the tennis training volume (how much training for tennis and tennis workouts are they doing)
3. They get distracted. As young players get older, they start to want to do different things socially, other things become more important to them. They start to find out about the opposite sex, video games, spending time with friends, other sports etc.
4. Injury. They develop one or a number of tennis injuries that knock the passion out of them.
5. Lack of progress. They don’t feel they are...
Tennis players are all looking for the winning edge. They are all looking for what is going to give them that edge and get them performing at their best. What many players haven’t looked into is how food sensitivities can affect their training for tennis and their tennis performance.
Food sensitivities are extremely prevalent these days. At least 45% of people reading this article will be affected by them. All of the packaged and processed foods, along with overuse of antibiotics and other toxins we are exposed to have caused our guts to get damaged leading to this rise in food sensitivities. Our body, gut, and digestive system are designed to process real food not this fake food.
So what’s the big deal?
Food sensitivities cause stress and inflammation on your body. They can lead to symptoms like bloating, fatigue, joint pain, weight gain to name a few. Not only this, but this inflammatory stress on the body can disrupt the hormonal...
The secret is; that there is no secret for tennis success. I’m sure you have heard it before! But in all reality it is so true, I honestly believe it.
Most of the successful people in the world have 3 things in common and they are definitely not secrets. People succeed in life by doing 3 things; they have passion. They know what they want! Generally their passion outweighs everything else. They work hard at achieving. They learn their craft, they become masters at it. They do this by what I call “Beating on your craft” Relentless work ethic and the willingness to endure whatever it takes. They stop for nothing. Failure is a temporary obstacle. They have the ability to get up, learn more, do it again, do it better. If they fail again, they fail better and eventually they succeed. People believe they need self-belief to make it….
You want to know how to get self-belief. Following these three points is a good place to start! Believing in yourself comes from,...
Most people struggle to improve on a consistent basis, with their tennis and tennis training program. They get to a point where things plateau or even worse tennis injuries occur. Is that you? Maybe you have been there before.
This can be due to a number of factors (coaching, motivation, knowledge, application, attitude). I have found that when some simple questions are asked, players know at least 3 things that they can do better straight away to help them improve instantly.
Finding these 3 things can get players going, boost their motivation and push them forward. They are often simple things (you don’t want to get too complicated). It’s the realization that they can create change instantly, that is enough to shift their thoughts and will get them seeing things differently, and then the motivation kicks in.
Here is run down of how it should work.
1. What are 3 things you could do right now to improve yourself and your tennis? Don’t think to hard, keep it simple...
Watching their favorite professionals claim big wins on the world's most famous courts is inspirational for many club level players but it is the hard work behind the scenes that might provide the most powerful lesson. Giselle Martin, fitness trainer to Casey Dellacqua shares her tennis training diary from Birmingham to show how hard the professionals work at their preparation.
The grass court season officially begins for Casey Dellacqua in Birmingham. With a big day in both singles and doubles, we are up at 7 am, have breakfast at 8 am and are ready for our scheduled pick up at 9 am.
And this is where we face one of our first challenges of the short grass court swing. In England, the rules won’t allow you to hit before 10 am, which means we need to be extremely organised to ensure everything runs smoothly. Accordingly, we squeeze in a warm-up in the gym, including some shoulder rehab exercises, at 9.30 am.
With grass court time so limited, there...
Firstly I don’t have an issue with gluten, I'm not intolerant to it, but I don’t over indulge in gluten products.
What I want to express today is how Gluten awareness and other eating/training/off court regimes are impacting the game of tennis.
If you play the game then you know how demanding it is, recovery plays a massive role in performance, no one plays well when they feel crappy, sore and fatigued. The off court evolution of tennis has been massively boosted over the last 5 years, mainly due to guys like Novak, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and many others.... Players have been willing to open their minds and try new things and find specialist help for various weaknesses in their health and fitness. I feel this has had a big impact on the physical evolution (physicality) we have seen over the past few years. Novak declared he was following a gluten free diet and that it made a big difference to his energy levels. Until that point I'm sure the majority...
Check out some great court side footage of Roger Federer tennis training practice with his coach Stefan Edberg and close friend Stan Wawrinka, few weeks back at at Wimbledon courts.
He was denied in the Wimbledon final this year, but Federer pushed Djokovic, to his limits, taking the match in the 5th.
Roger has won 17 Grand slam titles, and ranked 3 in the world. He has been ranked inside the top 10 continuously since October 2002 and the top 20 since April 2001.
One of or if not, the greatest player to have played the game. The true champion he is, I believe he has one or two more Grand slams left in him.
We all hope this will not be his last Wimbledon.
This is an important topic right here…. If you work with young tennis players and want to get Tennis Results, you need to understand a few things.
1. Kids are not adults, don’t treat them like adults. Coaches, tennis conditioners, and parents need to be responsible for the volume and intensity they practice at. Don’t compare them to adults or other kids, they all develop at different rates and they cannot do what adults do…..
2. If a young player wants more and more, that’s great but everyone has their limit, the problem with the young tennis players is that they find it hard to know when to stop, they find it hard to read how they are physically feeling and how they will respond to what they are doing. If we want them to have some good tennis results, we need to manage this for them and educate them on what is enough.
3. Most injuries in young athletes are overuse injuries. They are called overuse injuries for a reason. Too much volume (too much time...
Sometimes we have to go back and look at natural remedies that our parents and grandparents used and be given a reminder as to why they worked and why they used them. I think Epsom salt is a good example, inexpensive and has some amazing benefits. Epsom salt bath is best tennis training technique for recovery.
Epsom salt is a mineral compound comprised of magnesium and sulfate. It has been used for many many years as a natural remedy. Both magnesium and sulfate are minerals that are very important to tennis players. After strenuous tennis exercise, through your sweat Tennis players will lose essential electrolytes. (Especially magnesium and sulphate). One of the best ways to replenish the body of these essential minerals is through are largest organ, our skin. When Epsom salt is dissolved in warm water it is absorbed through the skin and can naturally replenish lost magnesium and sulphate. This will help increase your energy levels.
If you want to get tennis results from all your...
What do pro tennis players Nadal, Serena, Federrer and Sharapova all have in common? They possess an aura of invincibility that has been created through hours of dedication and focus. Work on these five positive attributes and you may find yourself walking around with more confidence and style.
1. Attitude - By far this is the number one attribute players should strive to achieve and maintain. Having a positive, competitive, hard working attitude will put any player in good stead. A healthy attitude will not only benefit a player’s tennis game, it will draw the attention of coaches and other players.
2. Persistence - Being persistent means, waking up every morning and following a plan, following it with passion, day in day, day out, no matter what the weather is like or how they are feeling, giving 100% in that moment. That’s how progress comes.
3. Discipline - Players need to learn how to control what they can control; discipline gives them more control over more things....