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12-08-2009, 05:44 PM
Can these help improve overall speed and endurance on a tennis court? Can someone post good links for exercises that involve the step equipment?
12-09-2009, 02:39 AM
Note that step classes focus on aerobic fitness. While we normally don't think of tennis as an aerobic activity, aerobic fitness is very important to meeting energy demands for tennis -- which makes it important for overall endurance in tennis. Probably more than 1/3 (or even more than 40%) of the energy demands for tennis will be aerobic.
Since there is quite a bit of burst activity in tennis, 2 types of anaerobic energy systems are also required for tennis. These should be developed thru the use of interval training in order to fully improve endurance for tennis. Note that rope skipping and (wind) sprints can be utilized for interval training.
The movements used in step aerobics will probably be beneficial for movements in tennis. I would suggest that you should focus on pushing off and landing on the balls of your feet when performing movements in tennis as well as in step aerobics.
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