Building Strength For Tennis
In tennis, flexibility is fundamental, but if you want to really step up, strength is
required too. You want to make that serve so powerful that your opponent will not
be able to see it at all? Then you need to step up your strength and start getting a
powerful arm. Remember, thought, that strength should come after precision and
flexibility. Power is nothing without the control. Be sure to have a good arm
before than a strong arm.
Now, how do we get a powerful forehand or serve under our belt? Hitting a gym
and starting bodybuilding will not help if you want to win: being strong and slow
is not very useful. So too much muscle is actually a damage and not a positive
thing in tennis. But there is a chance of getting strength without becoming bulky.
Because tennis game are very long and last for hours most of the time, you need to
focus on getting endurance as well as power in your arm. Start a training program
at the gym with the most basic exercises for strength training. Of course, do not
focus only on arms and shoulders if you want full strength. Most of the power in a
serve does not come from the arms but from the torso; also, legs need to have
good strength too. So focusing in a full body workout is always better than
focusing on a single part of your body.
Even if tennis is a monolateral sport, never ever train strength on only one side.
This will make you lose equilibrium and efficiency. Always mirror your training
for both of the sides of your body. Do aerobic training, meaning that you need to
do many repetitions with light weight. Never ever train to failure in this kind of
training because it will break up muscle tissue, limiting your flexibility. And, as
we said, flexibility is the root in tennis. Do not limit yourself uselessly.
What exercises are the best? I personally use the following schedule: squat, bench
press, dead lifts and shoulder press as the basic exercises, and then some crunches
and push ups to complete the training. Trai