Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Rams, Jun 3, 2008.
Will lifting leg weights make me slower on the court?
Are lunges good for increasing foot speed?
If you do weight training for your lower body properly, you will get faster and not slower. Look at the legs of sprinters and football players (d-backs, wide receivers, linebackers) they aren't running on sticks.
Lunges and squats can increase leg strength, which can increase foot speed. But raw strength isn't the only factor in foot speed.
In addition to lifting weights you will also want to do things like sprints and footwork drills to help increase footspeed.
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Also some footwork drills here: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/content/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=249179&itype=7418
I like how so many believe lifting weights will lead to like 50 lbs of muscle growth and the appearance of the incredible hulk or something. When I was in High school I once had interest in getting bulked up like that only to find I would have to eat more protein each day than I probably eat in a week. Plus I'd have to spend too much of my time in a weight room. I can't see anyone being slowed down from lifting weights unless they are a body builder or power lifter.
If you worked on your calves, hamstrings, quads, then you would be more explosive on the first step. But it doesn't mean you will move better or have a better footwork.
To move better, you need to do specific footwork drills; suicides, running up and down the ladder, jump ropes, etc etc....
Thank you for the post these are excellent drills
No prob. I'm working on foot speed myself.
Also, google Nike sparq training. Last time I checked they had some awesome footwork drills. Even though they don't talk about tennis, I think you can still use some of their stuff.
I found doing deadlifts made me feel faster, I was getting more power from my hamstrings. You definitely want to combine weight training with doing sprints to maximize your speed.
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