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Seanowns
02-22-2005, 09:24 PM
I am 6'2 158 lbs, 6% body fat. I am a avid gym goer and looks wise i am in excellent shape. I am just wondering if there are a few exercies i likely wouldnt think to do at the gym which would be good for my game. Also does chest have any benefit for tennis, or does it simply fill out a shirt.

nytennisplayer
02-22-2005, 09:31 PM
work out your arms because it prevents injuries. also stronger legs would help alot. a warm up jog then some short shuttle sprints. i do all this while trying to work in my target heart rate and also work on bring it down when it gets too high.

VictorS.
02-22-2005, 09:53 PM
Tennis is really a total body sport. I honestly think the most important area to work is your core (abdominals, torso, lower back, upper thighs). This is where much of the power is generated not only on your shots but also in your movements around the court. Guys like Federer, Sampras, Agassi all have tremendous core strength. In addition, quick feet is absolutely necessary, especially for all-court players that come to the net. Jump rope is excellent in achieving quicker feet. I don't doubt that working your limbs is important, but I honestly think if you have good technique....it's not something to be extremely worried about. Tennis elbow is much more common in beginners than with advanced pros.

Deuce
02-22-2005, 10:21 PM
The brain. Without question.

Phil
02-22-2005, 10:41 PM
The brain. Without question.

Good point, D., but the brain isn't a muscle. Guess again.

!Tym
02-22-2005, 10:42 PM
Agree, the brain. After that, the abs. Without a doubt, if you can only work on one thing, it should be your abs. They are the bridge between your legs and arms, they are the core of your being as a tennis player on EVERY stroke.

After that, the legs...look no further than Chang. After that, the shoulders.

Next the "glory" muscles such as your arms and pectorals. Other players will be very impressed if you can do the Arnold pectoral dance, and will even concede you a point out of appreciation for putting on such a good show.

Marius_Hancu
02-23-2005, 12:35 AM
this should have been posted in the Health and Fitness section. lots of articles on that there.

tennis-n-sc
02-23-2005, 03:27 AM
Tym is right. It all starts with the abs.

Camilio Pascual
02-23-2005, 03:48 AM
The heart.

HookEmJeff
02-23-2005, 10:04 PM
Core and legs for sure. Anything that emphasizes trunk rotation and fast-twitch movement in arms and legs is a good exercise to do. I think having good quads, hams, and glutes are essential. That's always the areas I'm the most sore after playing lots and lots of tennis.
If you're serving bombs - and a lot of them - work on your shoulders and rotor cuff.
I guess it all depends on what you're already solid in. Work on what you're NOT solid in, keeping in mind the movements you need on a tennis court. .

Jeff

Marius_Hancu
02-24-2005, 06:30 AM
Check my posting at:
Great fitness sites (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=33800 )
check
Racquet sports specific
and
Footwork
sections there.

Aonex
02-24-2005, 11:55 AM
Core strength? Does that mean doing Pilates?

HookEmJeff
02-24-2005, 12:05 PM
Core strength? Does that mean doing Pilates?

Actually, it means eating a lot of apple cores. They're real healthy.

Jeff

Marius_Hancu
02-24-2005, 12:52 PM
Core strength? Does that mean doing Pilates?
That would be very good, in fact.

Also, things like these:
http://www.exrx.net/Plyometrics/MBStandingTwist.html
http://www.exrx.net/Plyometrics/MBSeatedTwist.html
http://www.exrx.net/Plyometrics/MBSitUp.html