It's That Time Of Year Again. Crazy Off Season Videos!

Coolio

Professional
#1
http://instagr.am/p/BrARdpGD_Rs/
http://instagr.am/p/Bq7ZnieDR65/

What do you think about all these type of off season videos?

Do you think a lot of these drills are for show?

I don't know if I agree with a lot of this, seems very fluffy but then you have Andy Murray with renowned reconditioning specialist Bill Knowles doing cartwheels and handstands. Very odd.

http://instagr.am/p/BqCnIz1F0Qb/
I find it hard to grasp some of these concepts.

I understand that other things besides grinding on the court are important but is there a danger of doing a lot of fluffy stupid drills, strange hand fed drills and balance work and whilst it may look like impressive training, it may be a massive waste of time.

Maybe my view is too simplistic but if SAID is correct then players get better by hitting tennis balls and training should be as close as possible to the matchplay environment as possible.

Any thoughts?
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#2
http://instagr.am/p/BrARdpGD_Rs/
http://instagr.am/p/Bq7ZnieDR65/

What do you think about all these type of off season videos?

Do you think a lot of these drills are for show?

I don't know if I agree with a lot of this, seems very fluffy but then you have Andy Murray with renowned reconditioning specialist Bill Knowles doing cartwheels and handstands. Very odd.

http://instagr.am/p/BqCnIz1F0Qb/
I find it hard to grasp some of these concepts.

I understand that other things besides grinding on the court are important but is there a danger of doing a lot of fluffy stupid drills, strange hand fed drills and balance work and whilst it may look like impressive training, it may be a massive waste of time.

Maybe my view is too simplistic but if SAID is correct then players get better by hitting tennis balls and training should be as close as possible to the matchplay environment as possible.

Any thoughts?
If Murray is doing it, it's probably a viable training technique as he is widely regarded as one of the most fit ATP pros (at least he was before his injury). His workout just looks like general cross-training to me, which many ATP pros use in one form or another. (watch some of Fed's workouts, for example)

The girl rolling around on the ground before hitting a volley would probably be better off using that rolling around time to just hit another volley or two...
 
#14
I hope I'm not the only one that thinks it being called "Functional Tennis Training" is freaking hilarious
They have to be kidding with these ridiculous drills
They are ridiculous but I think these players have done every drill in the book so they probably do these just to change things up or for fun or to keep it interesting. I don't think they are anymore effective than regular stuff.
 
#16
I hope I'm not the only one that thinks it being called "Functional Tennis Training" is freaking hilarious
They have to be kidding with these ridiculous drills
Nothing ridiculous about it at all. It’s resistance training. Similar to running wind sprints wearing a harness hooked up to a parachute or running sprints pushing or pulling a weighted sled. Imagine how explosive you would be with nothing weighing you down after. This type of training is used for other sports requiring explosive speed.
 
#17
Nothing ridiculous about it at all. It’s resistance training. Similar to running wind sprints wearing a harness hooked up to a parachute or running sprints pushing or pulling a weighted sled. Imagine how explosive you would be with nothing weighing you down after. This type of training is used for other sports requiring explosive speed.
The last one actually makes a ton of sense, lots of players do it. However, I would argue summersaulting on a yoga mat then hitting lollipop volley's, while not being counter productive in all likelihood, accomplishes very little
 
#18
The last one actually makes a ton of sense, lots of players do it. However, I would argue summersaulting on a yoga mat then hitting lollipop volley's, while not being counter productive in all likelihood, accomplishes very little
I think that one is to help the player regain their equilibrium quickly after lunging for volleys. If you can recover your equilibrium and balance quickly to hit a volley aftero doing a summersault, you should be able to do it even quicker without it. A lot of the training pros do is to improve balance.
 
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