Gym and Tennis on the same day

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by kayserRF, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. kayserRF

    kayserRF New User

    Jan 9, 2012

    I am a 15 year old junior wanting to turn pro one day, yes I started late but I'm going to do my best.
    Anyway, I play about 5 times a week and also go to the gym.
    I played yesterday for 2 hours and played today for an hour, would it be ok to go to the gym today as well??

    Thanks so much
  2. mikeler

    mikeler Moderator

    Sep 26, 2008
    Central Florida
    I'm 39 and some days will hit the gym for 45 minutes at lunch and then play after work. I have not seen any negative effects from doing it but my preference is to hit the gym on non-tennis days so I'm getting exercise more days of the week.
  3. Misterbill

    Misterbill Semi-Pro

    Dec 18, 2011
    I think the OP is talking about beginning a training regimen that would get him/her to the pro level.

    In that case gym and court work on the same day is more often the rule rather than the exception.

    If the OP is talking about getting exercise and playing tennis recreationally, then staggering it is ok I guess
  4. thepastord

    thepastord New User

    Sep 4, 2011

    Sure..... But wanting to turn pro one day, is very unrealistic. I don't think you really have a clue of the time and dedication required. Starting late...... Yikes! Sure, be athletic, work on your game and when you get to college look into some IM/club tennis. I think you will be surprised at some of the talent. Hint: If they have no chance of making a dent into it, your chances are like ZIP.

    Do folks just wake up one day, and say, gee, I think I am going to be a pro tennis player? Yes, be athletic, learn and play a great game at the highest ability you can, but beyond that, I would put more focus on your academic standing........... imho:shock:
  5. wings56

    wings56 Hall of Fame

    Aug 21, 2005
    to become pro, you need to put in about 10,000 hours worth of work. to put that into perspective, thats 20 hours a week for over 9 and a half years. so yes, you are a little late to try to make pro, but theres nothing saying you cannot play in college.

    i didnt get serious into the game until i was 15 and was able to play d1 tennis on a scholarship. it was a small scholarship, but a scholarship nonetheless.

    my tennis regimen was at least three hours a day of tennis with 3 to 4 hours per week in the gym on top of that. i took no off days. i played the day after any tournament that i had and at times the same day after tournaments.

    it takes hard work and tremendous dedication, but is achievable.

    now obviously i didnt follow exactly what i stated every single week of every year, but not far from it.
  6. tennis5

    tennis5 Professional

    Jun 22, 2010
    While I realize that your body was ok with this,
    "I took no off days."
    that could tax a junior's body.
  7. wings56

    wings56 Hall of Fame

    Aug 21, 2005

    to a certain extent, yes, but not as much as you'd think. you have to realized the level of play for those first years learning the game is extremely low and not nearly as rough on the body as upper level junior/college type play.

    also, i did say in my post that i wasn't 100% on that, but most times that was the case. id say i played tennis at least 28 days in a 31 day month. at one point, i played every single day for over 100 days. summer going into sophomore year of high school. having just turned 15 and playing a somewhat low level of tennis, my body had no problem with the recovery.
  8. NLBwell

    NLBwell Legend

    Jun 18, 2004
    For juniors playing hours every day is not problem - as long as they listen to their bodies when they start to hurt. This is often not normal for kids to do - they think they are indestructible. Soft courts and soft strings help.
  9. tkid14

    tkid14 New User

    Jul 29, 2011
    I'm 16 and play tennis everyday in the morning before school for just under 2 hours, then after school for 2 more hours, then 2 days a week I have a group conditioning/weight training group for an hour immediately after tennis. I feel exhausted but manage...
  10. jigglypuff

    jigglypuff Rookie

    Apr 15, 2010
    That's dedication. It's good you can find someone that early to play with...
  11. Up&comer

    Up&comer Hall of Fame

    Dec 31, 2010
    The net
    You'll be fine.

    The only thing that's ever been detrimental before playing for me is weight training on the biceps. For some reason I never feel right after intensive bicep exercises.

    Just out of curiosity, how long have you been playing?
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012

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