Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by DeShaun, Feb 11, 2012.
Hop-squats? Lunges? What?
Probably kangaroo jumps, squats and lunges, but you have to practice the first step by doing 20~30 yards dash.
But to move well, you really need a well-balanced body, especially core.
Walking lunges and short (ie: 20 yard) windsprints straight ahead, cross stepping and carioca stepping.
Yeah, I've taken lately to doing medicine ball twists and believe it's been helping. In fact, my main hitting partner commented last week on how well grounded in my stance he had observed me to have been during one of our recent hitting sessions.
I'll have to incorporate 20~30 yard dashes because I heard in addition to you that there was apparently some famous cricketer known for finishing his practices by doing literally dozens of 100-meter dashes.
Punch a police officer then run for your life. You got all the training you need. Stamina, quick changes in direction, pressure management and other footwork required to get away. When you get caught they'll provide you a place to rest (jail cell) and feed you and once released you can continue with round 2.
Are you channeling r2? I actually laughed out loud, thanks for that.
Interesting approach, lol.
do cricketers move?
Lunges are definitely good. Salzenstein recently did a video on improving explosiveness.
That's good. You actually need to work on the vertical muscle for stabilization or stability. Rotational exercises like medicine balls are to improve performance, but you need to work on the vertical muscle for stability, like straight ab exercises.
Agility drills are usually done on court - but don't have to be on court.
USTA agility drills: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/USTA_Import/USTA/dps/doc_437_269.pdf
The lateral alley drill is great for developing balance while running.
The horizontal, vertical and diagonal repeaters are great to develop starts, stops and recovery that you will use on court. The spider drill puts puts all of
Do them full speed.
Even time yourself, and try to beat your best times.
Some good ideas here - sprinting lunges et al. But I think box jumps are a pretty core exercise nowadays for an athlete trying to get more explosivenss.
Jumping in general works of course but the box jump minimizes the impact on the athlete. I distinguish explosiveness from agility drills. Though granted there is some crossover. Most rec players would be fine just working on their agility IMHO. But if explosiveness is helpful if you want to keep your game up another notch.
This should really be in the Health & Fitness forum, not here. Will let it go this time, but the forum police will be notified with the next infraction. :twisted:
Plyometrics is what you are looking for. This includes the box jumps and medicine ball work mentioned above. Jumping rope is also a plyometric exercise that should be of some help in this area.
If you are in your early or mid teens, jumping rope should be ok but other plyoetric exercises should probably be done in moderation.
Maybe consider joining a soccer team.
I think simple box jumps are safe for anyone - long as they don't pick a box that is too high..
This is a decent example of a good one. So many cheaters on youtube.
The reason why this is pretty safe is that impact from coming down is lessoned by the box. Its also fun. Just start off with a very short box.
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