Tennis Conditioning Workout – Ever Seen A Fat Tennis Player?
In honor of the Olympics starting in Rio next month, I am going to post one workout a week that is related to the Olympics with some history and fun facts. This week will be a workout for my favorite sport, tennis conditioning. But first a little trivia about the beginning of the Olympics.
The First Olympic games
According to the the Olympic website historical records show the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC! They were dedicated to the Olympian gods
and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that all such “pagan cults” be banned.
Tennis and the Olympics
Tennis dates back to the summer Olympics all the way to 1896. Back then all tennis matches were played on lawn, until it was dropped after the 1924 Summer Olympics due to disputes between the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the International Olympic Committee over allowing amateur players to compete. After two appearances as a demonstration sport in 1968 and 1984, it returned as a full medal sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics and has been played at every edition of the Games since then.
Tennis conditioning workout
If you have ever played tennis, you know how physically and mentally demanding it can be. Even if you don’t play this tennis conditioning workout can still be a fun way for you to mix it up. “Fun” might be a bit of a stretch as this tennis conditioning workout will push your body hard.
Sets, Reps and Tempos
This is a more advanced workout so if you are not in shape, either skip this tennis conditioning workout or cut back the sets and weight intensity to avoid injury. Unless otherwise stated, perform each exercise by using the following-
Tempo of 4-0-1-0
Weight – you should barely be able to finish your last rep for each exercise (make sure you can complete all required reps, otherwise you are going too heavy)
Rest 40-60 seconds, whatever your body is telling you. Do not go over 60.
hold in semi-squat position for 3 seconds
hold in top position for 3 seconds
walk slowly, take 10 steps per foot
hold in the top position for 3 seconds, lower slowly, repeat
Hopefully you enjoyed this tennis conditioning workout so much you want to start playing tennis!