In terms of skill and the number of components of fitness required, tennis is one of the most demanding sports there is. You need to be able to sprint, reach, jump, lunge, change direction, stop and start – all within a split second.
A sport specific tennis fitness training class can improve your game on so many levels. Even if tennis isn’t your game, with such a wide skill set required the exercises we include will help you with your general overall fitness.
COMPONENTS OF FITNESS FOR TENNIS
Muscular Endurance — the ability to repeat a series of muscle contractions without fatiguing
Power — the ability to exert a maximal force in as short a time as possible, as in accelerating, jumping and hitting hard shots
Speed — the ability to move quickly
Agility — the ability to quickly change body position or direction of the body
Flexibility — the capacity of a joint to move through its full range of motion
Balance and Coordination — the ability to stay in control of body movement
Cardiovascular Endurance — or aerobic fitness, stamina, is the ability to exercise continuously for extended periods without tiring
A sports specific fitness class will utilise all these areas within a single session.
Injury is a common occurrence for any sport. We want to enjoy playing tennis injury and pain free for as long as possible. This is another key reason why fitness training is vital to your game. The shoulders, lower back, ankle and elbow are all especially susceptible to regular stresses and potential injury due to the repetitive nature of the sport. Specific strength and conditioning training for our sport can minimise the risk of injury.
Shoulders – Shoulder injuries are one of the most common. Movements with the greatest stress are the serve, overhead & forehand. Strengthening the muscles of the rotator cuff provides the active stability to maintain joint integrity.
Back – The lower back is an area of the body that is prone to regular stresses both on and off the court. Given that the majority off us spend too much time in a seated position at work, this area is likely to already be weak. Lower back strength is key to good health and vital to your serve and overhead shots.
Core – Great core strength will not only strengthen your lower back but will improve your game enormously. Twists and turning your body, maintaining balance and driving power from your glutes all contribute to a better game.
Elbows and wrists – It is essential to strengthen the muscles of the forearm and ensure that no shortening occurs reducing the risk of ailments such as tennis elbow.
Ankle and knee – As tennis requires sudden changes in direction ankle and knee sprains are common. Strengthening the muscles around these joints is essential.
WHERE AND WHEN
Every Friday at 6.00-6.45pm at Ravenscroft Lawn Tennis Club. All equipment is provided so you just need to bring yourself and some water to stay hydrated.
For further details or if you have any questions about how our class can help you improve your game, please give us a call on 0844 409 7109 or contact us