I need help!

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Brett, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. Brett

    Brett Semi-Pro

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    Hey everyone, how are you all doing?I'm new to this message board and I'm posting for one reason and one reason only.But before I tell you that reason let me give you all a little inside scoop on myself.

    My name is Brett of course, and I'm 17 years old.My dad plays tennis and he is the one that passed the sport on to me and I have been playing ever since I was 12.I have played for every school team, and compared to my other teammates, I have been most of the time better than them.Mostly because they weren't to good.

    But here is my problem.I have never done any type of real training for tennis.I know tennis is in my blood, and right now Im in the offseason.What I need help with is a step by step guideline for me to get in shape for tennis!I weigh 140 lbs., so I'm not that big, but not just getting in shape but I want to just workout and be better, you know what I mean?

    So what I'm asking is for a step by step guideline I can go by during this off-season for someone who never has worked out or trained for tennis.Please I can never find anything good to use, so I need your help!

    Thanks all!

    EDIT: I forgot to mention maybe eating better too?It's so hard to explain what I want.I just want to be a better player.I want a guideline on how to do it all! :lol:
     
  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

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    Here is what I did to move up from 3.5 to 4.0. I lost 25 pounds by not drinking soda pop or eating french fries and generally cutting back on all the sugary foods and ate more protein foods like cold turkey slices, beans, etc. I bought an elliptical and started running on that for about 20 minutes twice a week and pushed myself to go even faster on the good days. I played other sports like soccer, etc to stay in shape and not get burned out on tennis. I read many tennis books and magazines. I played many matches with many different opponents and would try to analyze what types of shots worked against each opponent and what shots I struggled with myself. Then I worked on certain drills like crosscourt rallies, hitting passing shots with a buddy at net, and other volley and serving drills. I do some stretching now for my back almost every day and some light weight lifting for my upper body with dumbbells. I experiment with my game and work on new things in practice that eventually I would like to use in matches. I will also demo various racquets to see what weighting and balance and grip seem right for me. I am now getting closer to a 4.5 level at 33 years old. I was just a solid 3.5 about 3 years ago. Good luck in your offseason in your goals to improve.
     
  3. Brett

    Brett Semi-Pro

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    Ok thanks.

    Bump for more comments please!This means so much to me!
     
  4. goober

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    Here's a link to a Tennis magazine artilce on specific strength exercises for Tennis. In addition I would do 30-60 minutes of cardio 3-5 times a week. It could be running, rowing, biking or even playing another sport such as basketball or soccer as long as it is gets your heart rate up and is intense.

    http://www.tennis.com/fitness/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=58539&itype=1209
     

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