Tennis for different reasons?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Fuji, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. rkelley

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    Yah, I know what you mean. It's mitigated somewhat by the fact that you know where the ball's going to go when it leaves your racquet but it's still hard to get into position sometimes. One bad thing about the wall is that you can get used to not getting back to neutral position or split stepping because you know where the ball's going.

    I hope the ankle is better soon.
     
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  2. Relinquis

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    playing tennis gives me a reason to stay fit. otherwise any running, cycling, resistance training or dieting is meaningless for me.

    Food and relaxing is too enjoyable to give up for the sake of vanity or having a perfect body. Tennis is fun enough to spend time getting fit.
     
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  3. TennisCJC

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    I played baseball and football until my early teen years when I became a "hippie" and didn't play any sports. My high school did not even have tennis courts back in the early 70s. In the mid 70s, I took up tennis and was competitive from the start. I wanted to win. I had a friend who also played the other more traditional sports and he was learning too. I cannot even recall the guys name as we only played after school in college. But, we were both reasonably good athletes and competed hard, and we had very good matches because we were evenly matched.

    I fell in love with the game and started playing 6 or 7 times a week almost instantly.

    I think tennis is a great way to keep fit and even adult beginners can get lots of physical benefit if they take a few lessons. Especially, if you have played other sports in your youth. I see a dad hitting with his son on some of the local courts. I can tell the dad was a good athlete but new to tennis. He is learning quickly and the son about 6-7 years old is really improving. The son takes lessons from a very good local female pro. I could see these 2 having some great father son battles in a couple of years.
     
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  4. sureshs

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    Exactly. Though I have a perfect body, I can't bring myself to do activities like gym, running, cycling etc. Running is bad for the knees and cycling is bad for the private jewels. Gym is boring. Swimming also gets boring after a few laps. Non-sports exercise is repetitive, and the mind starts going back to work and other worries of life. Tennis is moderately taxing and mentally all-consuming.
     
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  5. TheCheese

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    If you play tennis for fitness without doing any outside work in the gym, stretching, etc, you're going to get injuries from muscle imbalances.
     
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  6. Mike2228

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    I play tennis for a lot of reasons. Competition, exercise, challenge and also the social aspect of it. It is a very fulfilling life long journey.
     
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  7. user92626

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    I don't know what that feels like.

    I play tennis cuz it's fun, gets me out of the house and add some confidence when I feel I'm a little better than some people at something!

    There's no social aspect and very little exercise.
     
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  8. Mike2228

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    I can't believe I forgot fun! Probably number one.
     
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  9. Fuji

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    Haha there really is no social aspect for you? I'm under the assumption that you are American, correct? Isn't team tennis amazingly popular down there?

    -Fuji
     
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  10. _craze

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    Since I never really had a choice, I might as well have worked on my game. It is fairly unconventional though.
     
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  11. BuggyDub

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    I also wear a heart rate monitor sometimes when I exercise. I find that I burn about the same for both(550 - 600 cal) a 1 hour walk on the hilly roads in my neighborhood and an hour or so of singles/clinic/private lesson. Doubles, and a clinic with a lot of people where I'm not doing a lot of hitting/running is around 300 maybe.

    I took up tennis because I wanted to add variety to my exercise and because I've always loved to watch it but never learned. The few times I tried just hitting with a friend it was a disaster. As I was approaching the big 40 I decided that I would finally take lessons. Now, I'm mad at myself for not starting sooner in life.
     
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  12. NLBwell

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    Same for me.
     
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  13. NLBwell

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    A man burns about 100 calories per mile walking (flat surface). I've burned over 2000 calories practicing tennis in a couple of hours (basket of balls, so no stopping even to pick up balls). That would be about a 20 mile walk. I don't think 20 mile walks are very time efficient.
     
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  14. TheCheese

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    How'd you measure how many calories you burned? Just curious.
     
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  15. NLBwell

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    With pulse monitor strapped to my chest.
     
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    5 mph walking on hilly terrain is pretty strenuous exercise for some of us schlubs, so if tennis delivers a comparable or better workout it's not too bad from a fitness standpoint...

    Singles is more like interval training than walking though, right? High intensity/rest/high intensity/rest. So it seems like there might be differences in effect that go beyond calories burned.
     
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