How is Nadal so muscular?

Flint

Hall of Fame
I am posting this here and not in the general pro player discussion because I am actually interested in the answer to this and I don't want this to descend in to Nadal vs Federer vs Djokovic after 2 posts.

So does Nadal spend a ton of time in the gym weight lifting or he is he just genetically lucky?
He always seems to need breaks between tournaments because he has a long list of injuries. If this is the case, doing a assive amount of weight lifting would probably be a bad idea for a fragile body, but you don't get muscle mass like that by just playing Tennis, even If you play and lot and at high intensity.

If that is just his genetic baseline, then that makes sense and he is very lucky with his genetic in that regard.


So what do you think, does he do a lot of weightlifting and what types of movements and rep ranges does he do?
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
@Flint what do you estimate as Nadal’s height, weight and body fat %

In other words, how much muscle do you estimate he’s carrying?

Also, Nadal and Federer are both listed as 6’ 1” and 187 lbs. I’m pretty sure the height is accurate. I bet they do weigh close to the same amount. So do you think Federer is just carrying lots more fat than Nadal? Or how would you explain it?

I’d say that neither are muscular in a bodybuilder sense. Those stats indicate that both are carrying just a few pounds more muscle than any untrained man of the same height.
 
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WildVolley

Legend
If that is just his genetic baseline, then that makes sense and he is very lucky with his genetic in that regard.

So what do you think, does he do a lot of weightlifting and what types of movements and rep ranges does he do?
Nadal does a little weight lifting with a cable machine as SA's links show. But I think most of his muscularity is just genetic.

I've seen him in person and he's a fairly normal looking guy. However, for a professional tennis player his muscularity stands out. The downside is that the extra muscular weight can put stress on his knees.
 
The only "muscular" thing about Nadal that is worth mentioning is his arms, and especially his left (hitting) arm. Everything else is a toned body with very little excessive fat, flexing while pictures being taken and lighting. I have seen him up close and except for the aforementioned he is pretty normal. Some years ago Nadal actually was claiming that he doesn't lift heavy, but like with everything else he says, that should be taken with caution.

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Chadalina

Guest
Nadal is a big boned (family) cut guy, he is actually kind of light for his size. Just in really good shape. Look at tony, he is built like a tank body structure wise.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
Nadal is a big boned (family) cut guy, he is actually kind of light for his size. Just in really good shape. Look at tony, he is built like a tank body structure wise.
Becker was one of the biggest in his prime

Connors , MAC all bone skinny with big heads
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I think that it's genetic.

One of our security guards does bodybuilding shows. He showed me a video of him benching 500+ pounds. I can bench 150 on a good day (I may have done 160 when younger) but I don't think that I could ever do 200 pounds. But he's never going to run a 5K, 10K or half-marathon either. He's big and bulky and has too much weight to do long-distance running.

There are lots of different kinds of physical and mental gifts and I think that the fortunate make good use of their gifts.
 

undecided

Semi-Pro
The tv makes these guys look a lot bigger than they really are. In person most of them are way skinnier than 99% of the western world. I mean really skinny. Guys who look big on tv like Khachanov, they look like super skinny beanpoles in person. Same with Fed. He is extremely skinny. If you saw these guys in a regular non sporting setting they would stand out from afar. I think pro level tennis makes them all have very low body fat levels so the underlying muscle tone is more pronounced on tv especially when they are sweaty.
 
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