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  1. Thud and blunder

    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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    players that had the largest influence on the game

    I agree that Lendl was the prototype here, camping out on the backhand side to give him more opportunities to rip his forehand. I just think that Courier took it much further and turned the strategy into something that's recognisably modern. For sure, Lendl had much more of an influence on the...
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    Any ways to make weightlifting more interesting??

    Does this look boring? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUphIcjmLW8 How about this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvJHw64fxgQ Or this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klA28sAD3kA Gym should be considered a playground for adults. Get off those stupid machines! You're not a hamster...
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    players that had the largest influence on the game

    Courier, for showing the full potential of the inside out forehand; the tactic of dominating with the forehand from all parts of the court was pretty revplutionary at the time but now proliferates on the ATP Tour.
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    Nike "Glitter Shorts"

    They saw that haemorrhagic fever was trending on social media, and decided to riff on that.
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    Weightlifting Has Improved Tennis Permormance

    This is a heck of a lot of curling for a 'whole body' routine, IMO. Binning the curls and triceps work completely and adding in power cleans and/or high pulls would be much more consistent with a whole body workout philosophy, and probably be of much more athletic benefit. Also,I think most...
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    Weightlifting Has Improved Tennis Permormance

    Yeah, I hear you on the bodyweight stuff. The fact that I can pop downstairs and do it after the kids are in bed is a huge plus, and it's satisfying to master skills while getting stronger. I think a nice middle ground between the craft / skill aspect of bodyweight with the quantification of...
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    Weightlifting Has Improved Tennis Permormance

    I think everyone understands what the basics are: strength, strength endurance, mobility, aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity. From there, there are lots of ways to skin the cat; make sure you have a solid base in all, and work particularly hard on your weak areas. Pro players probably have...
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    Weightlifting Has Improved Tennis Permormance

    I'm a huge fan of bodyweight training, but I think that: 1) tennis players need high power/weight ratio, 2) gymnasts have a high power / weight ratio, 3) therefore tennis players should train like gymnasts is a false syllogism.
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    where to find vintage 80s tennis gear?

    There's a company in the UK that gets rereleases of the old Tacchini, Ellesse, Fila stuff made exclusively for them. Out of respect to our hosts, I can't name them, but Google is your friend.
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    Possible to have low protein diet + exercise/sports?

    Thanks, Kevin; I was hoping you'd weigh in. That puts a bit of perspective on things, and that ACSM link is a great resource.
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    Possible to have low protein diet + exercise/sports?

    This discussion is a bit ungrounded. What are 'high', 'moderate' and 'low' here? Everyone seems to have a different idea. T1000's definition of low could be another poster's definition of high, etc. Maybe it depends of you exercise 'a lot', 'a little' or 'moderately' - mmmmh, doesn't really get...
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    The LeeD vs. Maximagq Thread

    Well done, guys. Everyone looked like they were having fun, and that's all that ultimately matters, isn't it. Getting out there, feeling the sun on your skin, hitting some balls, sharing some laughs. The Internet haters aren't worth bothering with.
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    what tennis balls are the best to you?

    Technifibre X-One; accept no substitutes.
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    Getting blown out

    The size of the takeback isn't the issue for me; rather, it seems as if from the takeback position, you're flinging the racquet forward as fast as you can (swinging out of your socks). This can obviously put a big hurt on the ball, but is equally obviously prone to inconsistency in swing path...
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    New study on low carb vs. low fat diets

    Sorry, but that's nonsense. The Michael Phelps comments were just a joke. You're taking them at face value and interpolating based on hand-waving, ending up with your own nonsense numbers. Count calories or it's all just thumb-sucking.
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