Improvement in sport is built around overall tennis technique and athleticism. How to perform a forehand ground stroke with uninterrupted energy flow from your feet to your hand or how to split step with perfect timing and keeping the right distance to the ball is just the cornerstone to reaching your highest peak performance. This techniques are addressed in partnership with OTI (online tennis instruction) on our website (look for the OTI banner on the homepage of our web to gain access to the free video training videos). The other area to develop to get closer to your full potential is athletic performance, improved movement, agility and footwork in combination with leg strength and endurance with the help of tennis specific conditioning drills and exercises. This week’s blog will touch the surface on some basic aspects and tips that will help you be healthier and reach your desired court performance.
The ‘champion’ mind state
Being able to constantly motivate yourself and maintain focus to truly reach your peak. Many are number one not just for how physically well they are but for how they approach anxiety and pressure and having a strong frame and a mental advantage will get to closer to defeat the competition.
Your nutrition should be based on core nutrients that help you endure while performing, taking into account that a tennis match can last for several hours, you’d need to fuel your body with the right food for each of the three performance moments- 1. timing: what you have before, during and after your training. 2. fueling: what food you choose depending on the type of training you are performing, necessary to get the most energy out of the nutrients and 3. recovery: this includes sleeping and also the choice of nutrients that will help you recover faster to be on the court again.
Specific agility and foot work drills to improve movement
These series of drills will help you improve coordination, overall body functionality and will make you court conscious teaching your brain how space can be covered. The USTA has a chapter exclusively created with drills and exercises oriented to tennis players, you can download the USTA Tennis-Specific Conditioning manual here.
Get the appropriate gear
Tennis requires you be on your feet for the duration of performance and your shoes are the source of the movements you perform, with such a shoe abusing sport your gear should be design for intense abrasion and torsion while providing best stability and of course unparalleled performance in the long run. Major brands have their unique approach for shoe design, just keep in mind that the best shoes are the one you feel more comfortable with. Check out here our article on the right tennis shoes for every court to know a bit more on court related shoe characteristics.
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