Ideal Weight for My Body?

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  1. Z-Man

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    I am 5'9" and have recently lost about 10 lbs. I now weigh 163 lbs. Do you guys think there is an idea tennis weight for each height, or does it really depend on the body type? Is lighter always better? I have an average build, fairly muscular with stout legs. I might be able to trim another 5 lbs if I work at it, but I don't want to lose any strength or power. Is less weight always better, or can you overdo it?

    I was last 163 lbs from age 20 to age 26 (when I got married). I'm 37 years old now. 4.5 player, mostly doubles, but I also enjoy some singles.

    Thanks in advance,
    Z
     
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  2. LeeD

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    While height to weight ratio is important, body type is certainly a close second.
    First of all, no need to be super fit (thin, low body fat) for tennis. You need some additional body fat for recovery, for resisitance to bugs, and to feel healthy and relaxed.
    If you're the average "Samoan" build, around 175 is super thin and borderline healthy.
    If you're like me, at 5'11", maybe 145 is best. I played my best tennis at around 140.
    Then again, if you're the short stocky, and chunky build, like calves the size of a football, maybe 190 is a good healthy weight.
    Best to be able to see some abs, but not all 6.
     
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  3. r2473

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    For a guy of "average build" at your height, 163 lb. bodyweight would probably mean you are about 15% bodyfat. Perhaps slightly less.

    Pretty much perfect IMO.

    One way to estimate your relative build would be to measure your wrist (at the smallest point, on the hand side of the styloid process....that bone that sticks out in your wrist) and measure your ankle at the smallest point between your ankle and calf (so don't measure the ankle bone itself).

    At your height, average wrist is about 7" and average ankle will be about 8.8".

    The fatter you are, the bigger these measurements get. But fat doesn't really collect at these places "much", so they are a good place to measure to get a good idea.

    vv So I'm guessing you have smaller than average bones LeeD for someone of your height.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    If I weighed 163 without adding muscle, I'd be about 30% body fat.
    At 148 lbs right now, the fat tire around my belly is shockingly huge.
    Until I hit 35 years of age, I never weighed more than 135. Surfer, motocrosser, road racer, skier.
     
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    That's interesting--thanks guys. Maybe I should try to hold 163 while I add some muscle. Have been playing more tennis, swimming during lunch, and hitting some light weights. I weighed 170 plus or minus 3 lbs for about 10 years. I will be happy if I can hold 163. I'm also guessing it will get harder from here.

    Do you guys think the weights listed for pro tennis players are accurate, and if so, are they relevant to a recreational player like me? I see several of my heroes--Ferrer, Coria, Grosjean, and Chang are listed at exactly 5'9" + 160lbs. I recall Borg liked to maintain a certain weight because he thought is was just right for his game. Maybe it's a bit like string tension--depends on the player?
     
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    Wrist at the outside protruding bone, 6.5".
    Wrist at it's narrowest, 6 1/8th".
    Ankle inside bone to outside bone, 10.25.
    Ankle at it's skinnest, 8.5".
    Feet size, around 10, but can be 9 or 11's easily depending on shoe origin.
    5'10" and just over 7/8" in bare feet, flat feet. With arch, just over 5'11".
    That's why I can't swing a 12.5 oz racket for 3 hours.
     
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  7. Mikeplaystenniss

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    I am 6' 1" and 170 lbs. Not the skinniest kid, but not fat. What is ideal for that height? I'm not extremely muscular.
     
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  8. LeeD

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    Did you read post #3?
    Extrapolate from there.
     
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  9. Babolatbarry

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    I'm 5'10 and 139 and people always say I look underfed...sooo probably 150 is good
     
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  10. LeeD

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    Back 30 odd years ago, when I was 5'11" and 135, they said the same about me.
    125 and Open Expert in motocross, District 36, NorthernCalifornia.
    4A in surfing, the highest class in California. Only WorldTourPro is higher, and their were only 32 in the world then. Rode Wiamea, and the biggest days at OceanBeachSanFrancisco.
    Skied every expert run at SquawValley.
    Barely 4.5 level (B) tennis player..:cry::cry:
     
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  11. tennisplayer1993

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    I'm almost the exact same size. I'm about 5'9.5'' at 160. But a year ago I was 5'5'' and 160. so lol, i'm not sure if my body is fully developed yet.
     
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  12. VeeSe

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    Wow you guys make me feel fat at 5'8 and 133 lbs.
     
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  13. USERNAME

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    You guys are light! I just weighed myself and Im sitting at 175.5 (huuuuuge difference from my home scale lol) at 6'0.5"
     
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  14. floridatennisdude

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    You could put on the "freshman 15" and still be ok. If you're working out a couple days a week with weights and playing tennis a lot it will be good weight.

    I'm 35 y/o, 6'3" and weigh in at 212. I play best when I am between 195-205. I just hate eating healthy.
     
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  15. floridatennisdude

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    I've taken a crap that big before
     
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