Playing tennis right after hitting the weight room

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  1. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

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    Do you guys avoid playing right after a weight room session? I just did it and played god awful. Not a lot of feel to the shots, placebo effect or real?
     
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Placebo effect
     
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  3. OHBH

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    Real.

    10char.
     
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  4. Thepowerofchoice

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    Definitely real especially if you do it right before. I do weight training all the time before tennis but I will give it at least 1/2-1 hour before I play. I also avoid heavy training before tennis. I do mostly balance, stability and flexibility training before I play and it actually helps my game.
     
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    Totally real. If you lift-heavy and spent your muscle fibres in the weight-room, you could potentially be setting yourself for injury.
    I tend to take it a bit easier in the weight-room on days I'm planning for some court time.
     
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    I usually rest at least an hour after, but I have to lift before playing because I play at least 5 days a week. I have tried lifting after playing and that does not work, I am way to drained to lift after tennis it is a waste of time.
     
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  7. Chas Tennis

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    I felt OK playing, say, 3-7 hours after the gym. But I noticed that I was considerably less likely to win after working out before the tennis. Frequently I had a flat night and rarely a good night.

    Information is hard to come by on this subject. I did read about one study that said athletes could work out at the gym and then perform well for sport training if there was sufficient time, say, 10-12(?) hours between the gym and tennis. I would not trust that conclusion alone but it is the kind of research that you need.

    I believe that gym after tennis is OK since performing at the gym can be less than 100%.
     
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  8. Relinquis

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    i don't lift on tennis playing days...

    i only do weight twice a week and do far fewer exercises than most people.
     
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  9. mikeler

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    I would not do weights the same day as tennis.
     
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  10. acura9927

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    There has to be something to it, I remember when I had my 530pd motorcycle and had to push it around the garage, it was always easier after a weight workout the same day or day before. I'm a small guy 135pds. So using a 12.5 ounce racquet after weights should affect my swing by a little. Just horrible playing yesterday.
     
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  11. Power Player

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    Work out after you play tennis if you do both the same day.
     
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  12. bluetrain4

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    Intense, heavy weight lifting (either heavy weights (based on the individual of course), or lots of reps) before tennis usually leads to really sluggish tennis for me. Muscles haven't recovered and everything just feels sluggish and heavy, for the most part. I mean, I can do it and play okay, but it's not something I'd look to do.

    Though a lighter weight workout (more than a mere "warm-up" but signifcantly less than a heavy workout), can sometimes provide a spark - energized, very warm muscles, that provides for some great tennis.
     
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  13. Tropikal_Knights

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    work out on days you are not playing tennis.............your hands just feel heavy after lifting and the same flexibility is absent.......
     
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  14. acura9927

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    OTOH, how do you explain Andy Murray's build or Nadal's. How the heck do you get that kind of build without 3-4 days of weights?
     
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  15. charliefedererer

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    What's most important right now, gaining strength or improving your tennis game?

    That's the one to do first.


    How intensely are you hitting the weights or practicing?

    The higher the intensity/time spent on weights or tennis, the "less in the tank" for the other activity.


    Most use "periodiodization" to maximize strength during a "down" period of play so they only have to maintain strength during periods of increased play.
    Off Season Training http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/off-season-training.html
     
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