Cross Fit Training

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Rob1, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Rob1

    Rob1 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2010
    Now that it cold and rainy with Tennis hard to play now.
    What are good things to do to get in tournament shape next year then?
    I heard that doing thing to impove your full range of motion.
    How about doing Polymetrics Training, Yoga, or Zumba?
  2. atatu

    atatu Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    Austin, Texas
    Anything is better than nothing, I'm not a huge crossfit fan as I sprained my wrist doing Olympic lifts.
  3. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo Talk Tennis Guru

    Feb 18, 2004
  4. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    Sports Fitness Advisor Tennis Training Section:

    Note that in their program they strongly advise against jumping right to explosive plyometric exercises without first developing a strength base - otherwise you risk incurring an injury.
    The Elite Approach to Tennis Strength Training

    Also note that they strongly advise a shoulder and forearm program to help prevent the common overuse injuries that plague tennis players.
    Although several exercises are listed on their site, I think the best of these shoulder and forearm program is the Thrower's Ten Exercises:

    Also, as you get closer to your season, consider increasing your "running". Here's what one USTA coach recommends:
    "When training the players the USTA works with, we usually do some sort of "running" four to five times a week. The running session usually lasts between 20 – 40 minutes, but there is a lot of variety in the types of running we do.

    You’ll note that we put running in quotation marks, because much of what we do is different from the long, slow distance running many tennis players are familiar with – there is some long distance running, but the “running” sessions also involve footwork/tennis agility work, or interval runs. The type of running depends upon the periodized strength and conditioning schedule of the player.

    Generally, the long distance running and longer interval repeats (400s and 800s) are done during the preparation phase when you are getting ready for the season. Shorter, higher intensity intervals (20s, 40s, 60s, 100s, 200s, and 400s) and on-court footwork/tennis agility are the main focus during the pre-competition phase in the weeks leading up to main competition or competitions. During the competition phase of the season, on-court footwork/tennis agility is the “running” focus.

    Recognizing that each player is an individual, we adjust the plan depending upon the player’s cardiovascular endurance, agility and their physical and physiological strengths and weaknesses."

    Agility Drills
    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

    You can do those agility drills using a HIIT-like approach, and even add in swinging before each change in direction like on spider drills and horizontal repeaters.
    Good footwork improves when it is your sole focus in a drill, without also having to concentrate on tracking the ball and hitting it.
  5. Brian72

    Brian72 Rookie

    Aug 6, 2009
    I'm a certified personal trainer and I absolutely love Insanity. I've done every kind of exercising and for tennis specific, I find plyometrics and interval training to be the best for me. I understand not every one will agree with me. This is what works for me. My knees feel better, I'm quicker on the court, my endurance goes way up, my foot work is way better.

    The other thing that is great about Insanity is that it requires no equipment and it works your core. And the consistent stretching that is done with every routine will increase mobility and flexibility.

    The great thing about it, if you can squelch the ego a bit, is to just do it at your own pace. Even if you can't do full squats or full on jumps at first, your body will eventually respond. It's a work out system that you can grow into if you know what I mean.

    And of course, I'm a big believer in diet. Get plenty of Omega 3 oil. Cut down on the sugar, include extra fiber in your diet along with plenty of fruits and veggies and watch your fitness level steadily increase. Also beware of bad oils in your diet. We are inundated with crappy Omega 6 oils that actually cause inflammation in the body. Watch out for soybean oil, it's in so many processed foods.
  6. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Snowboard, surf, occasionally windsurf, and ride your bicycle.
  7. OHBH

    OHBH Semi-Pro

    Aug 8, 2009
    Outside of offseason cardio/resistance training you will want to play another sport to work on new skills and keep a competitive mindset. Basketball and ping-pong are great if you have a place to do them indoors.
  8. vin

    vin Professional

    Feb 18, 2004

    Strength is arguably the most important component of fitness, and it is one of the hardest to develop. Therefore, it would be a good thing to focus on during the off season. You can start focusing more on metabolic conditioning once spring approaches.

    The first thing I would do if I were you is to find someone who can run you through the FMS (functional movement screen). This will help you identify any basic movement limitations that you may have, which is important because such limitations are likely to increase your risk of injury and inhibit your performance. If you skip this step, anything you do is more likely to be counterproductive.

    Once your cleared by the FMS, I would then focus primarily on strength training with a moderate amount of conditioning work for maintenance (until spring approaches).

    If you choose to do CrossFit, make sure you choose a place with good coaches, and be mindful of overtraining. If you find that all they are doing is pushing you without really paying much attention to the quality of your movement, you should probably go elsewhere.
  9. TimeToPlaySets

    TimeToPlaySets Hall of Fame

    Aug 3, 2012
    The problem with Insanity is that it will destroy your knees if you do it as prescribed, 5 days a week. I would not do that more than once a week. Every person I know who has done it has mentioned knee issues.
  10. purple-n-gold

    purple-n-gold Hall of Fame

    Jan 12, 2008
    Down East
    I do Insanity 2-3 times per week, it is a great workout but 4-5 times weekly is overkill imo. I try to do some form of exercise 4-5 times most weeks.

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