The global Health and Fitness industry moves and changes at such a rapid rate, it can feel overwhelming for people to keep up. Having been in the industry for 20 years, we have seen lots of things come and go and the good news is, the bad things are the ones that go. Fads and gimmicks fade almost as fast as they come and in the tennis industry it is no different.
One thing that has always been at the forefront of any successful tennis physical performance plan is “Tennis Strength Training”.
Research shows strength training gives athletes more benefits across the board than any other training discipline.
By following a tennis strength program, athletes of any age are setting themselves up for gains in every aspect of their physical state. In short nothing bad will come from getting your body stronger, so why not do it!
Not knowing what to do, think that tennis strength training means lifting heavy weights, believe it will stunt growth, are doing the wrong things (potentially causing more harm than good).
For young athletes (from 8 years old) it is imperative to have them learning and implementing fundamental strength patterns at least once per week.
These patterns should include; Lunge, Squat, Bend, Rotation, Push, and Pull.
The instruction/programming should be carried out by a qualified tennis trainer or if following an online tennis strength program, it should be created by someone who knows what they are doing.
The tennis strength exercises prescribed and loads lifted (Bodyweight, Medicine ball, Barbell, Dumbbell, Cable, or Kettle Bell) should reflect the young athlete's physical and mental maturity, combined with their training experience (training age).
One of the worse things you can do is train a young athlete like and adult. It is not a one size fits all approach. All young athletes need to go through a period of “getting the basics right”
Learning how to move correctly. Adding variety into the training is important also, this will encourage athletes to want to learn and develop new training skills.
We are here to help educate and support the greater tennis community.
If you do not have someone to help guide you, your child, or the player you work with along their strength training journey, please let us help you.
We offer a range of online programs - From senior to junior tennis strength programs, that are designed to help players of all levels reach their strong best self!
Please check out our Free level 1 Introductory Strength Development Program here - https://www.tennisfitness.com/junior