2022 Goals

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
To pay Omage to MG's 2021 Goals thread, we are now presented with a 2022 Goals thread. We've already seen some players like J0lly posting changes and progress, so if'n ya feel like it, post up your 2022 goals here. Should include tennis and fitness, but anything beyond that is cool as well. Cheers all.

So my 2022 goals (some carry over)

#1 Maybe finally get down to 175lbs, but need to stay under 190lbs at least.
  • Trying to go 50/50 in 4.0 league this next seasons, matches already start this next Wednesday!
  • Play a few USTA league singles matches again (been dubs for this last year)
  • increase training and conditioning
  • Get my 5 mile run back down under 50 minutes, last attempt was over an hour.
  • Move one year closer to retirement
 

atatu

Legend
Thanks for starting this one ! Here are a few of my goals

1) Stay healthy and keep my weight under 180
2) Stick with Pilates and lifting at least 2x week
3) For my first year in 60's get ranked in the top 5 in Texas
4) Top 15 nationally in 60's
5) Improve my serve, drop shot and DTL backhand
6) Sleep more than 6 hours a night on average !
 

leech

Semi-Pro
1) Be on a team that advances to Regionals in each of 18+/40+ 4.0, 7.0 MXD, and 8.0 MXD.
2) Be on a team that advances to Nationals.
3) Win 75% of my regular season league matches.
4) Win 60% of my postseason league matches.
5) Win one NTRP tournament.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Hit with my ball machine at least once a week.

(I tend to play more than practice, which is fun, but not the way to improve).

Yeah, most threads with coaches suggest a good balance of the two. Match play is important to build strategy and pressured play, but practices are a good way to hone and tweak skills and get in reps. All the best for 2022.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Thanks for starting this one ! Here are a few of my goals

1) Stay healthy and keep my weight under 180
2) Stick with Pilates and lifting at least 2x week
3) For my first year in 60's get ranked in the top 5 in Texas
4) Top 15 nationally in 60's
5) Improve my serve, drop shot and DTL backhand
6) Sleep more than 6 hours a night on average !

Man, I feel you on some of these, especially the sleep stuff. I started a bit of Yoga last year but never stuck with it, but I really did like it. Tried Pilates and will have to check that out again. Cheers!
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
1) Be on a team that advances to Regionals in each of 18+/40+ 4.0, 7.0 MXD, and 8.0 MXD.
2) Be on a team that advances to Nationals.
3) Win 75% of my regular season league matches.
4) Win 60% of my postseason league matches.
5) Win one NTRP tournament.
Solid goals, and from what I understand you have the skills to start checking them off too. Can't wait to see how it goes. Happy New Year!
 

Fintft

Legend
  1. Get back to my European/Romanian aka hiking weight (7 kilos lower or at least 15LBs) to 214LBs or 97 kg at 6'2" or 188.5 cms.
  2. Move better, split step/bounce all the time.
  3. Bend the knees more.
  4. Fix the toss.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
  1. Get back to my European/Romanian aka hiking weight (7 kilos lower or at least 15LBs) to 214LBs or 97 kg at 6'2" or 188.5 cms.
  2. Move better, split step/bounce all the time.
  3. Bend the knees more.
  4. Fix the toss.

For me, doing number 1 always improves things like 2 and 3. Well worth while!
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
It seems like everyone has fancy goals (myself included in previous years) so I've tried to dumb it down and get back to basics:

A tried and true method for general overall fitness and conditioning with low injury risk? Walking. If you're not walking 7500 steps or more a day, don't bother doing any other exercise. On days actually playing tennis I'll skip the walking, but I'll only play max 3x a week.

To make it more tennis specific: body weight lunges, lunge jumps, side to side jumps (plyometrics if you need more speed). Also some prehab stuff with the band for shoulders and tennis / golf elbow, I think that's golden for rec tennis and we don't (and shouldn't) do more if working a 9-5

For diet, not eating processed foods as much as possible. During the week only food like fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or dairy.
 

PK6

Rookie
Get back into bodybuilding shape!!! Low to no carbs/no junk food!!! Lots of protein green vegetables and water!!!!! Lose weight get lean cut fit and ripped!!!! Aside from family cut back on social life as it got me fat!!!! Need to focus of this before I get back on courts and playing again. As I’ve said before you must be in shape to play and not play to get in shape.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
It seems like everyone has fancy goals (myself included in previous years) so I've tried to dumb it down and get back to basics:

A tried and true method for general overall fitness and conditioning with low injury risk? Walking. If you're not walking 7500 steps or more a day, don't bother doing any other exercise. On days actually playing tennis I'll skip the walking, but I'll only play max 3x a week.

To make it more tennis specific: body weight lunges, lunge jumps, side to side jumps (plyometrics if you need more speed). Also some prehab stuff with the band for shoulders and tennis / golf elbow, I think that's golden for rec tennis and we don't (and shouldn't) do more if working a 9-5

For diet, not eating processed foods as much as possible. During the week only food like fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or dairy.
32,000 steps for me yesterday.

J
 

Turbo-87

Legend
For me:
  • Adopt a more positive attitude in all aspects of life. Easier said than done but I am working on it.
  • Have a short memory on the court and remember I am playing for fun.
  • Continue with my bodybuilding regimen, but listen to my body and don't train like I am 15 years younger than I am.
  • Stop taking things for granted. Also easier said than done because you can tell yourself that and it quickly fades away.
  • Put away another 10k for my son's college fund. I don't want him to have college debt. My parents did that for me and I am forever grateful.
  • Take life day by day and take it all in.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Get back into bodybuilding shape!!! Low to no carbs/no junk food!!! Lots of protein green vegetables and water!!!!! Lose weight get lean cut fit and ripped!!!! Aside from family cut back on social life as it got me fat!!!! Need to focus of this before I get back on courts and playing again. As I’ve said before you must be in shape to play and not play to get in shape.

Similar for me, cutting out all added sugars, low carbs, mostly veggies and clean meats. I always drink water so that continues, but *sigh* gotta cut out beer for a bit. :cry: Started Yoga today and doing a daily Yoga thing from YT, along with back to evening walks and conditioning. Cheers!
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
For me:
  • Adopt a more positive attitude in all aspects of life. Easier said than done but I am working on it.
  • Have a short memory on the court and remember I am playing for fun.
  • Continue with my bodybuilding regimen, but listen to my body and don't train like I am 15 years younger than I am.
  • Stop taking things for granted. Also easier said than done because you can tell yourself that and it quickly fades away.
  • Put away another 10k for my son's college fund. I don't want him to have college debt. My parents did that for me and I am forever grateful.
  • Take life day by day and take it all in.

Super solid list! Love it.
 

jdawgg

Semi-Pro
* Maintain positive attitude in matches, especially when I'm losing (will be important at 5.0 this year)
* Attain and maintain a weight in the 150s (currently 164) during 5.0 season
* Do hiit workouts twice a week the whole year (might mix in some other workouts -- core, weights, etc) Note: if I miss some no big deal just trying to stay somewhat consistent with it
* Beat a legit UTR 10 (in practice and league/tournament)
* Maintain UTR 9 the whole year
* Be competitive at 5.0, looking for 4.6/4.7 DNTRP, basically don't get bumped down
* Captain my own 5.0 team successfully
* Make it to semis or finals of an open tournament
 

Moon Shooter

Semi-Pro
I won't exercise except through tennis - unless I get hurt and can't play. Its not a goal just me accepting reality.

So I will try not to get hurt - avoid overuse injuries and make sure I stretch out etc. I wear so many icepacks after I play, my family calls me the tin-man. Inflammation is the enemy.

Main tennis goals would be serve and serve receive! My whole game needs work but I think these are the worst part of my game now and will give me the most bang for the buck - especially in doubles.

I also want to work on my reaction time both at the net and baseline. I am not getting younger so I better train the muscle memory now or never.

I am also working on getting a better control racquet that I can swing fully with and get a good groove going. I think I found it with the head extreme tour. Its not exactly a control racquet but it is compared to the heavily weighted head ti s6 I was using until last week.

I also want to get some rated matches so I can get a sense of how good I am and then can see if I can improve my rating/tennis ability.

I don't care if I win or lose matches because I just want to learn/improve and I learn/improve just as much from lost matches as from matches I win. I will try my best and not worry about things I can't control.

I want to continue to have fun playing tennis.

I want to video more matches so I can see what I need to work on.

I also want to pay my bills and hopefully have some left over to put in retirement so I don't have to work until I drop dead.
 

Moon Shooter

Semi-Pro
Similar for me, cutting out all added sugars, low carbs, mostly veggies and clean meats. I always drink water so that continues, but *sigh* gotta cut out beer for a bit. :cry: Started Yoga today and doing a daily Yoga thing from YT, along with back to evening walks and conditioning. Cheers!
Woah that sounds horrible. I’m hoping I can just play more tennis and not have to endure any of that other horseshit. It’s been working pretty well so far. Easy does it Chael!
 

Vox Rationis

Semi-Pro
1. Get below 175lbs and maintain it
2. Win a 5.0 match
3. Play in sectionals: 4.5mens, 8.0 mixed, or 9.0 mixed.
4. Continue to improve. Next step of my game mostly involves footwork, fitness, and focus. But also improving my timing could take me right up to the top of 4.5.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Woah that sounds horrible. I’m hoping I can just play more tennis and not have to endure any of that other horseshit. It’s been working pretty well so far. Easy does it Chael!

Meh, I feel 100% better when I keep my diet aligned like that - weight comes off easy, no bloating, even energy, and better cardio performance. Lots of other benefits too mentally. It is hard to break certain eating patterns for the first few weeks, and the body has those sugar withdrawls, but really easy overall. Well worth it to me.
 

Moon Shooter

Semi-Pro
Meh, I feel 100% better when I keep my diet aligned like that - weight comes off easy, no bloating, even energy, and better cardio performance. Lots of other benefits too mentally. It is hard to break certain eating patterns for the first few weeks, and the body has those sugar withdrawls, but really easy overall. Well worth it to me.

I know I definitely do too. I'm just giving you sh___ because I know you can take it in stride. I remember when I started playing tennis I was out of shape and getting a lesson from a pro from Romania that was just out of college. I told him I forgot I had tennis so I had a late lunch of 2 whoppers and a milkshake. He just said "oh I love whoppers their so good." He was understanding that I was trying to communicate that there is a good chance I will barf on the court. I have lots of diabetes in my family so not becoming diabetic is another goal that I have. I find that when I run my but off at tennis the last thing I want is unhealthy foods. Thats why my only regrets are not going for balls that I have some, even remote, chance of getting.

One good thing about covid wreaking havoc on my sense of smell and taste is I am like a billy goat eating all sorts of foods that I normally couldn't stand like fish, berries and vegetables. And as for beer, it tastes horrible now. Its the saddest thing since Nestor the long eared donkey's mother died. Yes I am probably healthier but I still keep buying different beers hoping at least one type will taste ok.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
I know I definitely do too. I'm just giving you sh___ because I know you can take it in stride. I remember when I started playing tennis I was out of shape and getting a lesson from a pro from Romania that was just out of college. I told him I forgot I had tennis so I had a late lunch of 2 whoppers and a milkshake. He just said "oh I love whoppers their so good." He was understanding that I was trying to communicate that there is a good chance I will barf on the court. I have lots of diabetes in my family so not becoming diabetic is another goal that I have. I find that when I run my but off at tennis the last thing I want is unhealthy foods. Thats why my only regrets are not going for balls that I have some, even remote, chance of getting.

One good thing about covid wreaking havoc on my sense of smell and taste is I am like a billy goat eating all sorts of foods that I normally couldn't stand like fish, berries and vegetables. And as for beer, it tastes horrible now. Its the saddest thing since Nestor the long eared donkey's mother died. Yes I am probably healthier but I still keep buying different beers hoping at least one type will taste ok.
Try scotch.

J
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Avoid knee surgery - just got a cortisone shot in my left knee, hope that does the trick.
Lots of friends going through this. Cortizone is great, but it isn't healing anything per se, so most try to get in some kind of strength and conditioning while the pain is managed. Hoping for all the best there!
 

CHillTennis

Semi-Pro
My biggest goals would be to grow my tennis YouTube channel to over 1,000 subscribers.

I also want to finish at least one of the Agassi documentaries that I've been working on for the past 9 months or so.


In terms of my personal goals, as a player, it would really be nice to get back to competing again.

I haven't played a match, since the start of the pandemic.

Getting back to playing again, at least on a somewhat regular basis, would feel like a step in the right direction.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
My biggest goals would be to grow my tennis YouTube channel to over 1,000 subscribers.

I also want to finish at least one of the Agassi documentaries that I've been working on for the past 9 months or so.


In terms of my personal goals, as a player, it would really be nice to get back to competing again.

I haven't played a match, since the start of the pandemic.

Getting back to playing again, at least on a somewhat regular basis, would feel like a step in the right direction.

Good luck with YT. I have several channels with anywhere from a few hundred to almost 20k subscribers (and that has taken several years) so I don't think I am any help there. Of course, I am not doing the creator lifestyle to push that (yet) so I have been looking around at tips and tricks too. And hope you can get back on court! Cheers.
 

CHillTennis

Semi-Pro
Good luck with YT. I have several channels with anywhere from a few hundred to almost 20k subscribers (and that has taken several years) so I don't think I am any help there. Of course, I am not doing the creator lifestyle to push that (yet) so I have been looking around at tips and tricks too. And hope you can get back on court! Cheers.
Hi ChaelAZ,

Thank you for the kind words! Much appreciated. :)

I definitely agree that it takes a while to really get going on YouTube.

I first started this channel, back in early 2018.

It took until last month to surpass the 300 subscriber, milestone.

My channel is actually quite different, from most of the other ones in the tennis category.

It's more centered around the history of the game.

Some of my favorite videos to make are the vlogs, where I break down the careers of two players with similar results.

One example would be in this video, where I gave my analysis on the careers of Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras:


I think the hardest thing about YouTube is that you have to be consistent about making the videos.

It can be very easy to put off.

Especially, when you're first starting out and don't have much of a following.

Congratulations on getting to almost 20,000 subscribers! That is awesome! :) (y)
 
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mmk

Hall of Fame
Lots of friends going through this. Cortizone is great, but it isn't healing anything per se, so most try to get in some kind of strength and conditioning while the pain is managed. Hoping for all the best there!
Yeah, I already clear all the weight on the leg press, but I'll be working on my legs even more. I won't be doing weighted squats as besides the arthritis in my knee I've got arthritis in my upper spine.
 

vex

Legend
- get back to nationals despite being bumped up by last year’s run! I switched to doubles last year and I’ve made massive improvements in my game. I can outplay most guys at the next level but now I need to find a new partner and keep winning against better competition.
 

bonojour10

New User
I echo the weight loss and avoiding injuries...want to get down to 185 lbs from 195 lbs and avoid a major shoulder injury to my always sore serving shoulder.

-Improve my groundstrokes and effectiveness of my serve
-Win 70-80% of my 4.0 matches
-Destroy opponents in the scoreline instead of playing to win
-Play on a playoff team for each season
-Play in a sectionals match
-Win at least one 4.5 match
-Get bumped up to 4.5 NTRP
 
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