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babbette
06-11-2008, 07:19 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7448240.stm
:shock: speechless.:shock:

Pro Staff Pete
06-11-2008, 07:21 AM
Ha! Saw it last night.. pretty impressing :)

sureshs
06-11-2008, 07:23 AM
Amazing work ethic from the 2008 Wimbledon champion

malakas
06-11-2008, 07:27 AM
wow impressive!!!!! the melzer video was funny too.

Rickson
06-11-2008, 07:29 AM
Amazing work ethic from the 2008 Wimbledon champion


Roger does work hard.

sureshs
06-11-2008, 07:30 AM
Roger does work hard.

He needs to bulk up a little more by doing weights. Lift Mirka up and down 10 times a day.

Rickson
06-11-2008, 07:33 AM
He needs to bulk up a little more by doing weights. Lift Mirka up and down 10 times a day.

I don't think Roger's a powerlifter.

fednad
06-11-2008, 07:35 AM
He needs to bulk up a little more by doing weights. Lift Mirka up and down 10 times a day.

Does Nadal lift uncle Tony?

fednad
06-11-2008, 07:37 AM
Roger does work hard.

Smart quip!
Should have shut other poster up. But then this freak is incorrigible

ninman
06-11-2008, 07:37 AM
He needs to bulk up a little more by doing weights. Lift Mirka up and down 10 times a day.

Yeah because those 120mph forehands he has just aren't quite fast enough.

zagor
06-11-2008, 07:39 AM
Amazing work ethic from the 2008 Wimbledon champion

Yeah,Karlovic hits the gym quite often,so I've heard.

sureshs
06-11-2008, 07:55 AM
Yeah because those 120mph forehands he has just aren't quite fast enough.

He doesn't hit 120 mph forehands. Maybe 100 max.

sureshs
06-11-2008, 08:00 AM
I had a bet with a teaching pro at the club about Nadal winning FO. He now owes me a can of balls, but has disappeared for the last couple of days. I think he is waiting to give me two cans after Rafa wins Wimbledon by defeating Roddick in the final.

BallzofSkill
06-11-2008, 08:02 AM
didn't seem out of the ordinary to be honest. i'm sure he has a rigorous regiment though

BeHappy
06-11-2008, 08:05 AM
creative.


If Safin tried that he'd decommission the net post.

cknobman
06-11-2008, 11:00 AM
He doesn't hit 120 mph forehands. Maybe 100 max.

Hes hit over 100 and regardless its still about 40+ mph faster than you could hit it.

MariaS
06-11-2008, 11:37 AM
He needs to move or exercise before playing a match. Haven't you ever seen him racing onto the court and racing back to the baseline? He's hilarious but he does what he needs to do. :)

The FishEXpress
06-11-2008, 11:38 AM
Anyone know what exercise tool is he using for his arm exercises?

veroniquem
06-11-2008, 11:38 AM
Amazing work ethic from the 2008 Wimbledon champion
Your post cracks me up!

veroniquem
06-11-2008, 11:42 AM
He needs to bulk up a little more by doing weights. Lift Mirka up and down 10 times a day.
Ha ha funniest post AGAIN! You're gifted. You should have your own show on TV.

NamRanger
06-11-2008, 11:46 AM
He doesn't hit 120 mph forehands. Maybe 100 max.


He regularly breaks 100, sometimes floats in the teens.

chris1992
06-11-2008, 11:47 AM
Anyone know what exercise tool is he using for his arm exercises?

they are just basic resistance bands...

btw those squats arent that hard u know, he isnt even using any weights.

Leelord337
06-11-2008, 11:49 AM
wow impressive!!!!! the melzer video was funny too.

where's the melzer video? the tw interview one?

Rhino
06-11-2008, 11:50 AM
wow impressive!!!!! the melzer video was funny too.

yeah Sue Barker is funny. "Nobody likes a bad call"!

Leelord337
06-11-2008, 11:51 AM
He needs to bulk up a little more by doing weights. Lift Mirka up and down 10 times a day.

Shhh!!! Thats Federer's Secret workout you are speaking of. the Swiss Mafia will be on your tail now. :)

daddy
06-11-2008, 12:03 PM
Roger does work hard.

Is he good for 5 games in a best of 5 sets match this time around ?

malakas
06-11-2008, 12:10 PM
where's the melzer video? the tw interview one?

HERE http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7444806.stm

Alexio92
06-11-2008, 03:06 PM
Does Nadal lift uncle Tony?

No, he lifts djokovic's mum. Why do you think she supports djokovic so much when they are playing each other.

pound cat
06-11-2008, 03:21 PM
they are just basic resistance bands...

btw those squats arent that hard u know, he isnt even using any weights.


I agree. I could do a few and I'm female. . Some people find squats quite easy...

OrangeOne
06-11-2008, 03:27 PM
Honestly, for those who seriously think those squats are difficult....

HAVE YOU NEVER STOOD UP FROM A CHAIR?

Those squats he's doing are dead-easy, and looking at the knee-position, I'd suggest he's doing them more for specific recovery or physio-suggested work.

herosol
06-11-2008, 03:31 PM
yea they're not hard. yes you can get tired if you do it ALOT.
But it's not like it's at a level where it's impossible to do...even just one.

i'm sure Rafa does things that are 1000x harder then what he just did there.
Probably benching the 400s...500s...600s... :p

Klatu Verata Necktie
06-11-2008, 03:32 PM
didn't seem out of the ordinary to be honest. i'm sure he has a rigorous regiment though

I'm with you. I didn't see anything extraordinary in that video. The way the commentators were gushing about his warm-up leads me to believe that none of them have ever stepped foot inside a gym.

Bjorn99
06-11-2008, 03:45 PM
It is all about compression, that is why he and Roger and now Djokovic rule. Running is one thing, compressing your body into a bending position and then coming out of it, is well, THE BLEEDING GAME.


Very few people are willing to do the exercises that NEED to be done. But if they do, they dominate. That exercise is but one, of many that Nadal does to create a body that is willing to dig the way his does.

jmsx521
06-11-2008, 04:43 PM
Oh, you people those are easy! Plus, as OrangeOne said, it's like getting up from a chair... not a whole lot special. I can do this from my ankles strapped (on a bench-press). Plus, add 20lbs extra added onto my chest.

Lucky57
06-11-2008, 05:15 PM
He doesn't hit 120 mph forehands. Maybe 100 max.

i'm sure nadal hits into the 100's easy.
and hitting the ball fast isn't really important to his game, his game relies on deep, high bouncing topspin heavy shots.

fer
06-11-2008, 05:22 PM
Staying a few seconds in the same position (with your knees bent) is probably hard, not like getting up from a chair.

Serve_Ace
06-11-2008, 05:24 PM
psh i do those squats for fun

Ocean Drive
06-11-2008, 05:29 PM
Why do people on this forum think that mass=strength and that mass will improve tennis, of course it wont.

Roger is the one who hits harder than Nadal, keep reminding yourself that.

Lucky57
06-11-2008, 05:31 PM
wow... don't see chuck norris doing those everyday.

OrangeOne
06-11-2008, 05:32 PM
Staying a few seconds in the same position (with your knees bent) is probably hard, not like getting up from a chair.

One of the two of us has in the past been a fitness trainer, and one hasn't. One of us has taught people to squat, and one hasn't. One of us knows that bodyweight squats with a short isometric hold are acheivable by most of the population, the other doesn't seem to.

Probably hard? Geez, you make it sound that even trying it would be hard! I assume you're sitting at a chair now. Raise your butt off the chair by an inch as if you were going to stand up, but don't stand up. Stay there. Hold there for 1 or 2 seconds. It's not ridiculously easy in that it takes just a tiny bit of effort, but it's an activity of everyday living that most non-sedentary individuals are capable of.

Gugafan
06-11-2008, 05:33 PM
Why do people on this forum think that mass=strength and that mass will improve tennis, of course it wont.

Roger is the one who hits harder than Nadal, keep reminding yourself that.

Nadal hits with more spin, has more natual atheltic ability and is probably alot fitter then Federer. Nadal seems to be getting stronger every year. Many had suggested he would burnout with he's playing style, but the amazing fitness training he puts in just seems to make his body stronger.

OrangeOne
06-11-2008, 05:42 PM
Nadal hits with more spin, has more natual atheltic ability and is probably alot fitter then Federer. Nadal seems to be getting stronger every year. Many had suggested he would burnout with he's playing style, but the amazing fitness training he puts in just seems to make his body stronger.

Someone with the username "gugafan" thinks that people just get stronger and stronger, and tend away from injury?

Wow.

For the record, there are many elements to fitness. Just because someone is bigger or hits harder does not automatically make them 'fitter'.

martin8768
06-11-2008, 05:55 PM
wow... don't see chuck norris doing those everyday.


i saw chuck norris doing these with one foot will heating up a pizza with his mind

HappyAndFriendlyAlways
06-11-2008, 06:18 PM
Does Nadal lift uncle Tony?

nadal just lifts all his french open trophies, they are quite heavy

superman1
06-11-2008, 06:22 PM
Vid doesn't work for me but I was expecting a video of him squatting 400. If he's just doing bodyweight, so what?

Enlightened Coelacanth
06-11-2008, 06:41 PM
I can see why his knees ache towards the end of the season.
His squats do more damage than good ( to his knees).

Bud
06-11-2008, 06:49 PM
He doesn't hit 120 mph forehands. Maybe 100 max.

i'm sure nadal hits into the 100's easy.
and hitting the ball fast isn't really important to his game, his game relies on deep, high bouncing topspin heavy shots.

Rafa is well known for his heavy balls :oops:

Fedace
06-11-2008, 07:20 PM
Have you guys tried it ? Maybe it is not as hard as it looks ?

randomname
06-11-2008, 07:26 PM
Amazing work ethic from the 2008 Wimbledon champion

yes, it is amazing how often laver STILL gets to the gym

Nadal_Monfils
06-11-2008, 07:46 PM
Have you guys tried it ? Maybe it is not as hard as it looks ?

It's extremely easy and is more of just a warm-up activity, like jogging.

OrangeOne
06-11-2008, 07:50 PM
I can see why his knees ache towards the end of the season.
His squats do more damage than good ( to his knees).

Yeah. Sure. Or, perhaps (as I suggested above), this exercise could very well be a physio prescribed exercise designed to strengthen / balance him, possibly his VMO muscle? VMO strengthening and other similar squats etc etc can all be used to reduce elements of imbalance that can contribute to knee pain.

But yeah, you know, TTW posters with no fitness or physiological training probably know better than someone with access to the best trainers in the world.

Vision84
06-11-2008, 07:59 PM
Federer is so hit or miss with his level of play these days. I don't see him winning Wimbledon this year.

Stchamps
06-11-2008, 08:35 PM
Have you guys tried it ? Maybe it is not as hard as it looks ?

Yea those are more of a stretch to get warmed up.

babbette
06-11-2008, 08:53 PM
Hard or not, he looked great doing it! :mrgreen: and I wouldn't mind seating on him to make it that much harder for him if it's as easy as you say. :mrgreen:

Going to see him today! HURRAY!

127mph
06-11-2008, 09:27 PM
he does this and single leg squats, they work everything in your legs all at once. tennis isnt about bulk, its about endurance and speed.

Nadal_Freak
06-11-2008, 09:29 PM
he does this and single leg squats, they work everything in your legs all at once. tennis isnt about bulk, its about endurance and speed.
And explosive power. ;)

Phil
06-11-2008, 10:54 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7448240.stm
:shock: speechless.:shock:
Obviously Nadal's fitness/work ethic goes beyond most ATP players. But, I don't how this is all that impressive or difficult. He's being held up by a band afterall.

Reminds me...I was walking by the park the other day and saw a guy there doing one-legged squats; and he was going ALL the way down on each leg. It hurt my knees just watching him do it. THAT was impressive.

Atherton2003
06-12-2008, 03:00 AM
Obviously Nadal's fitness/work ethic goes beyond most ATP players. But, I don't how this is all that impressive or difficult. He's being held up by a band afterall.

Reminds me...I was walking by the park the other day and saw a guy there doing one-legged squats; and he was going ALL the way down on each leg. It hurt my knees just watching him do it. THAT was impressive.


Nadal is impressive....his work ethic and dedication to the sport are impressive. He always seems to look good no matter what he's doing.

jmverdugo
06-12-2008, 03:34 AM
Those are standard warm up exercises, I have seen that before in some futures tournaments i have been ( as expectator!), same rubber band and using the net pole.

arnz
06-12-2008, 03:42 AM
yes, it is amazing how often laver STILL gets to the gym



You know that made no sense at all

fednad
06-12-2008, 04:07 AM
No, he lifts djokovic's mum. Why do you think she supports djokovic so much when they are playing each other.

Nadal lifting djoker's mum...intersting.
And, I do not get it. Who supports joker? Do you mean why does joker's mum support joker? Am confused!

fednad
06-12-2008, 04:08 AM
nadal just lifts all his french open trophies, they are quite heavy

Sure he does. That is all he gets to lift in the whole year

ninman
06-12-2008, 04:13 AM
nadal just lifts all his french open trophies, they are quite heavy

Federer gets to lift his 5 Wimbledon trophies, 4 US open trophies and 3 AO trophies.

BNK
06-12-2008, 05:39 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7448240.stm
:shock: speechless.:shock:

A perfect example of the modern tennis athlete.

Mikael
06-12-2008, 06:07 AM
I can see why his knees ache towards the end of the season.
His squats do more damage than good ( to his knees).


Funny you should say that, the way he was doing those squats (with knee joint static) actually takes the stress away from the knee; he is probably doing them this way to spare his knees and engage the hips more.

OTOH I could see some lower back rounding at the bottom of the movement, which is not so good.

And agree that those squats are certainly a little unconventional, but far, far from difficult.

Kevo
06-12-2008, 08:51 AM
Reminds me...I was walking by the park the other day and saw a guy there doing one-legged squats; and he was going ALL the way down on each leg. It hurt my knees just watching him do it. THAT was impressive.

I used to run stairs and do one legged squats standing on a chair. I got up to about 50 on each leg. They really aren't that hard to do. Now that I'm playing tennis more, I don't do them though. Running around on the hard courts for a couple of hours is tough on the knees. I felt something a little bit funny one time while doing one legged squats and decided that maybe they weren't the best way to go. They do seem impressive though.

Now I just take the ball machine out and set it to oscillate at about 3 seconds. After about 100 shots my legs are burning. At that feed rate if I don't hit reasonable pace the ball doesn't even bounce before the next one leaves the machine. I get the leg work out and the tennis work out all at the same time.

The worst though is when the machine hits a periodic groove where it's throwing wide on both sides. I can only catch up to 4 - 5 of those before they start passing me by. I wonder why I never try that strategy in a match. Hmmm....

8PAQ
06-12-2008, 09:13 AM
wow... don't see chuck norris doing those everyday.

Be thankful for that because every time he does it we end up with at least a 7.9 Richter scale magnitude earthquake. Look what happened in China last month when Chuck Norris tried to do squats on his trip to Sichuan province!