Deveolping a fitness regimen

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by KerryJ, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. KerryJ

    KerryJ Semi-Pro

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    I've enjoyed playing tennis for the past 12 months and I can safely say I am far more mature in the sport than other one year players. I'm not the best player around but my understanding for the game is outstanding.

    However, I literally know nothing about fitness. Other than the thirty minutes of conditioning I get out of my drill, I do nothing outside of tennis. I really want to change this. The past two days I have been running and lifting. Today I ran six miles, did some arm work, some wrist work, went out to the courts and played mini tennis with a medicine ball for about thirty minutes.

    What should I do to get in better physical condition for tennis? I'd like every workout, since I'm a pretty strong athelete and probably capable of everything. Aside from running, which I'll do every day, what excercises should I do, what muscles should I work? Really, I want to focus on my core, my wrist, and shoulders right now since I am pretty confident in my leg strength but anything I can do I would like to know about.
     
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  2. volusiano

    volusiano Hall of Fame

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    I hear P90X is a pretty intense workout system that gives good results within 90 days if you stick to it 1 hour every day. I haven't tried it but I'm thinking about it. If you're looking for something more at this point, maybe this is a good match for you. It's not specifically for tennis or anything, but it seems to have a good variety of different things to work on.
     
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  3. River Hill

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    P90X has done wonder for me. I have dropped over 30# and feel great. I tried tennis last year, but was out of shape and now with the weight loss I have focus and desire to play.
     
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  4. albino smurf

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    IMO running for long distances is good for breathing but bad for tennis, which is more of quick sprints. You train your muscles to be slower. Quick sprints followed by slow jog is good..or jumping rope. I ride my bike mostly in the summer when I'm playing tennis to try and save my legs as much as possible,but in the winter I'll mix it up and run 4-6 miles a day or throw in some stairs.

    I am all about the resistance exercises.. push ups, pull ups, etc. IMO lifting heavy weights causes injuries. I cannot speak about the P90x workout other than there is a blog some dude did where he reviews it for all 90 days and has a nervous breakdown and gets divorced at the end. If you are a sadist I'd highly reccomend searching for it.
     
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