Having useful equipment for tennis at hand is important for any player who is committed to tennis training and competing at an optimal level. Many professionals travel with their own training and recovery equipment. Not only do they realize the benefits of various pieces of equipment, but they also understand that those fitness accessories aren’t always available on the road.
Let’s look at some equipment that is commonly used by tennis players.
These bands, comprising rubber tubing with handles attached, are one of our favorite pieces of equipment – we recommend that every player has a set.
Weighing around 800 grams, resistance bands are used for strength training and can be used instead of dumbbells. Adding to the appeal is the fact that resistance bands are lightweight and extremely versatile.
You can also add a waist belt attachment for tennis speed and agility work. We highly recommend checking them out – and to assist in that process, we’ve provided you with a new tennis specific fitness resistance band program.
Foam rolling is a great way to release tension from the muscles. It can help prevent injuries and assist with recovery. Foam rollers are lightweight and come in different sizes – a must-have for serious players.
This funky piece of equipment is also called a crazy ball. It is used for working a tennis player’s reaction and first step speed. You simply drop the ball on the ground and run and grab it before it bounces again. Lightweight, cheap and great for a multitude of different tennis reaction drills.
TRX or Suspension Straps
These can be used for various training purposes (tennis strength, power, core, stability). Straps get hung up from a high fixed point and gravity does the rest. Can be used in a variety of places, such as a gym, hotel room or garage – so any excuse not to train is eliminated! We use them extensively with all our athletes.
Most people have heard of these weighted rubber balls, which vary in weight. They are used for power, core and strength training. Very practical as they are easy to hold and can be bounced, which is good for throwing and pushing drills. Unfortunately, the weight means that the medicine ball isn’t always most practical for travel.
Another great piece of equipment that can be used to improve your tennis agility, reaction, dynamic balance, acceleration, and deceleration. They are also lightweight, making them ideal for travel.
You are connected to your partner with velcro belts. The goal for one of the partners is to break the connecting belt by moving faster and getting far enough away from the chaser. The chaser must try to use their reaction and agility to avoid the belt breaking apart. This is one piece of equipment that is both challenging and fun.
Investing in some equipment to help boost your game is highly recommended. Not only will you draw some motivation from the variety, you will feel a real difference in how you move and feel on court.