Carbs during a match

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  1. anubis

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    There's so much information out there that explains what you should eat before and after a match, but there's very little information about what to eat during a match.

    I have a cyclist friend who swears by the 60 grams of carbs per hour rule when he rides. So, if he's on a 5 hour ride, he will consume 60 grams of carbs every hour during that ride.

    I played in a tournament yesterday and I completely bonked near the end. I had consumed over 1000 calories up to the time of the match, so I should have had enough energy. I drank 4 bottles of water and two bottles of gatorade, and consumed one Cliff bar during the match as well... but it still wasn't enough. By the 2.5 hour mark, I was completely spent.

    His suggestion was to -- at the very least -- eat half a cliff bar every 30 minutes during the match.

    The guy I played had plenty of energy and he wasn't eating anything during the match, just drinking water. Most people I play with don't eat during matches, either. It just seems like I'm the one who runs out of steam.

    Should i eat more carbs during a match? Would that help?

    Thanks
     
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  2. merlebo02

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    conditioning maybe?? could be fatigue your experiencing and all the carbs in the world is not gonna help.
     
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  3. anubis

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    I play tennis at least 10 hours per week. As it gets warmer out, that easily doubles to 20. I don't really have time to hit the gym -- I'd have to deduct that time from my tennis.
     
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    Merlebo02 is completely right. No matter how much carbs or cliff bars you eat, you'll still be out of energy if you're not in shape. Simple as that.

    Once I started really focusing on my fitness a few years ago, I'm never tired in a match anymore. I will bring a few cliff bars if I get hungry, but I could easily do without them. I usually only eat them when I play in the morning if I've had no breakfast.

    If you play 20 hours a week, deduct say at least 5 hours to conditioning.
     
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  5. merlebo02

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    playing recreational tennis is not taxing (cardiovascularly speaking) for the most part and you do not get a good work out.. You really need to incorporate some cardio and weight training to improve stamina..

    The taxing part of tennis is standing on concrete for 3 hrs at a time!!! This in itself causes fatigue..
     
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  7. r2473

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    Completely wrong. Tennis is exactly equal to HIIT. It's been said on this forum about a million times, so I know its true.

    OP, during the match you should eat a large pepperoni pizza and a dozen wings. Just like you see pro tennis players, NFL football players, FIFA soccer players, and track athletes eating.

    If you are having trouble fitting in your gym workout with your tennis, just bring a barbell to the courts. You can often see me squatting 2.5x my bodyweight on changeovers.
     
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  8. merlebo02

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    at the rec level, many points are played by just standing flat footed watching balls.. Minimal to no footwork at all. The avg rec player is not very active. The rallys last maybe 3-4 balls, 10-20 sec tops. then you spend 30-60 sec walking around picking up balls.. Get a fitbit or some other device that measures the calories you burn playing doubles tennis, you will be upset!!!!
     
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  9. the hack

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    Try reading, "Healing With Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford. To play top level tennis you must be Healthy. I mean Really Healthy. Paul Pitchford will show you "The Way". Good Luck!
     
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