Cycling benefits

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  1. PrestigeDave45

    PrestigeDave45 Rookie

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    Hello.
    Simple question really but i'm just wondering the benefits of cycling for tennis from a cardio and body fitness point of view.
    18 months back playing tennis after a 20 year lay off.
    I've searched the forums here but to no avail as regards the question.
    I find the gym boring and im afraid my running stresses my joints.
    Thanks in advance.
    I cycle circa 50km twice a week.
     
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  2. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I used to cycle quite a bit before I took up tennis. I mistakenly thought I was in shape to play tennis when I came back after a long layoff. It takes time to get into "tennis shape". Try shorter hitting sessions or doubles matches to start off with before playing singles. Then ramp up to singles play.
     
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  3. r2473

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    I use a spinner (Lemond Revmaster) for ~1 hour on days I don't play tennis and I find it works well for keeping me in general cardio shape. This week I'm watching my taped US Open coverage while spinning, so its pretty darn convenient.

    ANYTHING you can do REGULARLY is going to help IMO.
     
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  4. sovertennis

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    I'm on my bikes (mt and road) a lot in the warm weather and will attest that it does indeed help with fitness. I find this esp true in mt biking due to the quick exertions required--similar to playing points in tennis. Stretching becomes very important though, as the combo of biking and tennis can leave me very stiff.
     
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  5. PrestigeDave45

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    Yes. That makes a lot of sense especially the mountain biking as regards the intense bursts of energy required. Thanks
     
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  6. torpantennis

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    That's the problem of cycling for me. Tennis doesn't stiffen me, rather the other way around. I used to do cycling worth of 100-200 km/week. Later I just realized that cycling is so detrimental for good posture and general well being. The problem with cycling is that you literally don't move your *ss around. I do enough of sitting during my working hours so that I don't want to sit anymore when I'm exercising. Too much sitting can cause big postural problems, due to shortening of the hip flexors:

    http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2009/11/5-simple-exercises-for-correcting.html

    I've been boycotting cycling for over 5 years because of this. Running, rollerblading etc. are much healthier movements for our bodies than sitting stiffly still and rolling the legs. :rolleyes:
     
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  7. tennist

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    I also think that the mt bibe aid more than the road bike
     
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  8. hrstrat57

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    I ride a road bike a lot in fact have a quiver of 3 high end bikes - 1 carbon and 2 steel. My physician actually has warned me a true healthy lifestyle need more than just biking and mentioned some of the things here. A mix of activities is best. Fwiw he doesn't think a whole lot of recreational tennis as an exclusive activity either.
     
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  9. camohommed

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    I use the stationary bike along with exercise bands on the days that I am not playing tennis.

    I find that it does help with my power and stamina on the court and it gives me some variety in my routine.
     
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  10. tennist

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    Keep a state of general form of training, practicing many disciplines, no doubt is a great help for tennis. This goes just fine for most people, of course for professionals or who seeks to professionalism does it take a specific preparation.
     
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  11. superdave3

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    To use cycling to get in shape for tennis, you are better to have short bursts say a minute or two of all out cycling, and then rest at a lower pace or resistance a minute or two, and then repeat. This duplicates the short bursts of speed needed for tennis and is a much better training tool. Cycling at a moderate rate is ok aerobically, but the prior mentioned method will get you in tennis shape faster. While cycling is a great aerobic exercise, with less strain on the joints, it does nothing for bone density (nor does swimming). For bone density you need running, such as jogging, tennis, basketball, etc.
     
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  12. Imago

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    Cycling is very instrumental to getting to the court.
     
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  13. tennist

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    us remember that nature is so, it improves a certain aspect running it several times, it improves to read by reading, it improves to run by jogging. Naturally, in the so-called complementary preparation (that supports the activity carried out), one of the fundamental laws of the training is that it must remember the most possible situations of race. (energy systems, muscle groups involved, different coordinative abilities).
     
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  14. cjs

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    Skateboarding, in particular long boarding. Pushing and long distance pumping (LDP).

    This is the best and most enjoyable commuting exercise I've found for tennis. Since I started long-boarding a couple of years ago I've haven't used my bicycle once.

    Skating improves balance, core strength, leg strength, and fitness.
     
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