I know when I'm downstairs in my basement hitting against my wall, I seem to hit better after I do some light to moderate weight work. It seems to activate my muscles a bit and the racket feels lighter and I feel stronger. Could a five to ten minute dumbell weight routine ( work shoulders, lats, arms, etc ) help an older player start out a little quicker. I'd also include a light jog, jump rope and stretch in there--whole thing to be no more than about 15 minutes. What do folks here think? I'm in my mid forties now and I often feel very stiff and non-fluid the first 20 to 30 minutes of play.