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    Death of the squat rack! recommended alternative exercises?

    Bulgarian split squats (aka rear-foot elevated split squats) - humbling.
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    Fitness Ideas for an Over 50 Tennis Player

    This is a meaningless generalisation. If the guy has put in the work to build the base to sustain this, why not? Obviously, you don't just leap off the couch into this routine.
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    Has anyone tried the 5.2 Diet?

    The worst bit is believing that reading some tendentious popular science book gives you some unique insight into the universe. What is it they say about a little knowledge?
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    Has anyone tried the 5.2 Diet?

    MORE than one book...I guess that settles it then. Where would we be without autodidacts?!
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    Has anyone tried the 5.2 Diet?

    Wings, the guy read a pop science book; there's no debating with that. Please stop parading your ignorance.
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    Picking one machine in Gym!

    13 burpees, 13 kettlebell swings; then 12 burpees, 12 KB swings, all the way down to 1.
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    Picking one machine in Gym!

    Ladder: 13 strict burpees (chest to ground), 13 KB swings; then 12/12 etc all the way to 1. Record your time, and try beat it next time out. Quick workout to do at home, but you'll know you've been working, believe me.
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    What is better conditioning for tennis ???

    There's an element of the HIIT fad which is a bit like five-minute abs. People are drawn to quick fixes, and don't like being told they need to put in the work. EDIT: should have put 'HIIT' in inverted commas, because the popular conception of HIIT as do a few half-assed sprints is far from the...
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    What is better conditioning for tennis ???

    Let me rephrase, then. It's of no relevance to people who come to Talk Tennis to get advice on tennis conditioning. Happy?
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    What is better conditioning for tennis ???

    Umm, which days do I play 2 hours of hard tennis? Guess the easy run days... This is all dandy if you're doing nothing else and already have a solid running base, but is of no relevance to the topic, which is tennis conditioning.
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    What is better conditioning for tennis ???

    I disagree with the consensus. You should be doing both. I know everyone these days has a huge thing for HIIT, but really, it's not magic. It's a different mode of training than good old boring cardio; it's not meant to replace it.
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    Please look at my lifts and evaluate how weak I am.

    One of the advantages of being in one's 40s is one becomes impervious to the jibes of insecure 22-year old meatheads.
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    Please look at my lifts and evaluate how weak I am.

    With correct form you'll be fine. Not fine; sorry, didn't use correct form. The above is a common, but vacuous statement. Lift enough heavy stuff, something is likely to go wrong, obviously. But it's OK, someone on the internet says it's on you.
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    The coffee thread

    May be harmless for all I know, but it falls under the category of processed crap for me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decaffeination
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    Weightlifting Has Improved Tennis Permormance

    I would say working your legs with heavier weights would be beneficial in the off-season, though arguably working muscular endurance is more important than putting up big numbers. I guess trying to do 50 squats with 1x bodyweight in as few sets as possible is more beneficial than chasing a 2x BW...
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