Training Log

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Octavian, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Octavian

    Octavian Rookie

    Mar 1, 2007
    So I'm starting this log....

    My name is Jared decided to start this log to track my progress before I join a new adult league in Washington DC this fall. I recently finished my undergraduate degree last month ( La Sierra Univ in Ca), and will be starting my 1L year at Howard University School of Law in the fall. As most of us, I played a ton of USTA as a junior, and some college tennis before my school dropped the team. I still played 1-3x a week with one of my buddies, but my game is definitely not what it was when I was 18 right before college. (Just turned 23 last month). Anyway, I decided that I want to play more leagues, tournaments and such and getting back into tennis shape will a great start. I've always been really athletic, but as we all know theres a difference between being in shape and tennis shape. My summer routine has been as follows:

    Sun,Tues,Thurs- Weight training and sprint work
    Mon,Wed,Fri- endurance runs and agility.
    I'm obviously playing as much tennis as possible, but with all my friends (who were top juniors in my area as well) going to college and grad school, tennis has taken a back seat, but I've managed to get in at least 3-5 sessions in a week. Depending on if I hit that day or not, i'll probably increase the intensity of my other workouts. This log probably won't be a long one, because I start school Aug 12 (orientation). Will probably start a League log once that begins, but for now I thought this would be interesting and fun to to. Hopefully I can post some vids and you all can give me some advice.

    Current Stats
    185lbs (trying to cut down to somwhere in the 170' bodyfat is pretty low 9% or so..but being lighter on the court will definitely help)

    Probably NTRP probably 4.5

    Racquet specs
    Pure Storm GT LTD
    weight: Stock, but have been experimenting with lead so I've been hitting with it at 367g. Love the plow through..but my forehand gets jammed a lot.

    String: Kirschbaum super smash spiky 17g @55lbs

    Did two hours of doubles yesterday on the clay (super fun)
    Volley's need work, and forehand still--Racquet feels nice, but at times unwieldy

    Today was an endurance run day- So I ran my hills in my neighborhood
    Time: 40:16

    Did it at 5am because my internship starts at ran in the dark lol

    I'll post some pics of my racquets/equipment tonight possibly

  2. storypeddler

    storypeddler Semi-Pro

    Jun 22, 2005
    Hickory, NC
    Go for it, buddy! Be a warrior! And keep us updated.
  3. Octavian

    Octavian Rookie

    Mar 1, 2007


    My usual hitting parter is on vacation, so I may not get another hit in until Monday or so; but we'll see.

    Had a good session in the gym today


    135x12, 225x8, 315x5, 325x3

    Circuit 30s on for each exercise then 1min break after completing all three. repeat for a total of 3 rounds

    Circuit 1

    Weighted Step ups (35lbs)
    Dumbell Row ( 35lbs)

    Circuit 2
    Jump Squats
    Russian Twists (25lbs)
    Inverted Row

    Side bends
    45x15, 55x12, 70x6

    I think I could've pulled more on deadlifts, but I didn't have any chalk or straps with me.. surprised I kept my strength from not lifting for 3months FeelsGoodMan :)

    Finshed off with this circuit a bit later


    Here's some shots of my serve..once I figure out how to upload vids I record some..i need some feedback on my groundies/serve/volleys...everything! lol



    Last edited: Jul 11, 2013
  4. The Isomotion31

    The Isomotion31 Semi-Pro

    Apr 3, 2013
    The Bay Area, California
    BEAST! Good stuff. Keep it up dude
  5. Octavian

    Octavian Rookie

    Mar 1, 2007
    Today was an endurance running day. I usually go on lengthy runs on Fridays for a few reasons. First, the extra cardio really helps get the blood circulating to my legs, thus helping recovery. If I had a hitting session, I would have done the run Post-hit. Since I already have some lactic acid build up, this helps build my "thresh hold" for pain. Definitely hard to keep going after a session. Probably won't go as long once the league starts, but this is what "off season" is for. Saturday is an off day, and Sunday is a Strength day..So I'll have plenty of time to recover for Monday's endurance run. Lastly, after a long week at work. The only thing I want to do is go for a long run to clear my head, and relieve some stress. Nothing like it.

    So here are the stats


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    Went alot faster than I thought, but the RPE was 3 to 4. So I wasn't huffing and puffing lol. Overall, felt good. Definitely going to sleep well tonight :)

    I use Strava for my workouts, so if any of you have an account, feel free to follow and I'll be sure to follow back..Strava is pretty much Facebook for runners and cyclists lol

    Best Post workout drink for hydration...ever!


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    Really good, and filled with electrolytes. Skip the powerade and pick some of this stuff up!!

    So quickly...Here's what I use and why I use it.


    Pure storm GT LTD.

    I've used babolat pretty much my entire life.since I was 12. ( since 2002--Used Wilson from 2000-2002) and sort of slowly transitioned to more "player" like racquet over the course of that time. Being a huge Roddick fan, I started with the PD+. Switched to the PDR+ cortex, then Pure control +, PST+, PSTGT+, and then to the LTD. I believe my highest ranking was in the 30s (Boys 16s) in the mid west, and not sure on the national ranking. I'm assuming it was very low lol.

    I've always been a big hitter, and loved taking huge cuts at the power was never problem. People kept telling me I needed to I listened eventually--and couldn't be happier. Though I take my PDR+ out on occasion.


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    LTD, to me, has the perfect blend of precision and power. As you can see I use a syntec grip as opposed to the leather. No big reason really, I just grew up using syntec and prefer it. Leather is awesome, but the LTD feels stiffer with it on. I dunno.

    I also wrap my grip 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up lol. Funny story actually. I was a big fan of Ginepri in 2004-2005 when he was on his glory run. I noticed he did it and being the impressionable 15yr old I was, I simply copied him. I'm still a fan, but wrapping this way is more of "good luck" or superstition type deal.

    I use Kirschbaum super smash spiky 17g. It was the closet thing to the original duralast that Nadal used. however, the spin potential of SSS definitely aids to the LTD dense string pattern.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2013
  6. brokenRPM

    brokenRPM Rookie

    Apr 23, 2013
    My name is JJ. I did the following today:

    1. 2 ice cream cones
    2. 3 bags of healthy sun chips
    3. 2 burrittos
    4. lamb curry and nan
    5. 5 shots of cachacas.
  7. Octavian

    Octavian Rookie

    Mar 1, 2007
    Burritos mmmmm ;)

    Whatever floats your boat, brah

    Today's an off day.
    Just going to church, relax, and watch out for that Zimmerman verdict. I just hope the nation doesn't explode afterwards-- regardless of what is decided.

    Have a great day and Stay safe everyone
  8. Octavian

    Octavian Rookie

    Mar 1, 2007
    Strength Session yesterday

    Worked in the higher rep range to build up muscular endurance

    Leg Press

    Dumbbell Bench Presses

    Back Extensions on Stability Ball

    Dumbbell Lunges (legs, glutes)

    Single Arm Dumbbell Rows (upper back, biceps)

    Decline Crunch

    Dumbbell Shoulder Presses (standing)

    Hammer Curls

    Leg Press calf raise

    Barbell Upright Rows (shoulders, trapezius)

    followed by a 2mi jog

    Session was great. 300 came on at the gym, and got me super pumped up lol. THIS IS SPARTA!!

    My hitting parter said he'll be back today, so hopefully we can get a hit in. If we do, I'll probably shorter the workout, if not then I'm thinking of going to the track for some sprint work and bleachers..I'll keep you all posted :mrgreen:
  9. Octavian

    Octavian Rookie

    Mar 1, 2007
    Track Day

    Super hot out today, 98F

    1mi jog

    30m sprint x8
    40m sprint x8
    60m sprint x8

    8 rounds of bleachers (BRUTAL)

    1mi jog

    Like I said, it was super hot out..felt like Murray training for Australia :mrgreen:

    Anyway, super fun. I'm playing some dubs tomorrow so hopefully it all goes well lol

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