Why should Men Play Tennis for Health
- Due to modern lifestyles, responsibilities, careers and commitments, it’s super easy for a man to lose the fitness of his youth.
- Don’t forget fitness includes flexibility, on top of speed, strength. endurance and agility.
- Tennis is arguably the no. 1 sport to get all-round, full body and lean if you desire, and due to non body contact, totally injury free.
- The only danger of injury is lack of flexibility, not enough rest, or poor technique.
- Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray are amongst the world’s leading examples for Men’s health.
My Tennis Health is Evidence
When I teach Tennis, I do the complete “Athlete Development” job.This includes most importantly all aspects of fitness and necessarily diet and nutrition.
After playing Tennis competitively since 1970 and teaching Tennis since 1978, now in 2017, I am still an enthusiastic on court teaching professional and player. In terms of all-round health and fitness, I’d say I’m 7/10 without trying. If I focused totally on Tennis and fitness with no other commitments like it was for me when I was 25 year of age, I believe Tennis would make me 10 out of 10. Due to David Bailey’s footwork and fitness system www.tennisblast.com.au and www.baileytennisfootwork.com, we are “Tennis Specific Fit” and never injure our legs because of David’s revolutionary “Contact Moves.”
I have sought to study all aspects of Tennis, including Tennis specific fitness, sports psychology, strength and power training, nutrition, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
In my opinion, Tennis is a choice sport for health, fitness, and mental stimulation. Roger Federer at age 36 is the current form player after he won the Shanghai Masters this week. He seems to be still in peak fitness and health . The question is, how long can he keep it up for?
- My newest Tennis player project is Louis K.
- Louis is a father of 3, drives my favourite Pearl white M3, that has a throaty exhaust I can hear a half a kilometre away.
- He is a 10 out of 10 guy to coach, in that he is a perfect student, enjoyable to teach Tennis to.
- As Louis last played Tennis probably over 20 years ago, my first job has been in the first 3 one hour sessions, to update his grips, footwork, racquet work and body rotation and balance.
- This included grip changes on the Forehand and Backhand, relaxing Louis’ holding of the racquet, getting topspin on both sides, placing the feet in the right order and in the correct places, speeding his feet up and learning advanced adjustment steps, and getting his swing lines right to hit angles, down the line and cross court and inside out.
Refresher Course: Fitness, Nutrition, Healthy-Aging
- As a Tennis player and coach, due to the constant and rather speedy movements for 1-6 hours each day, 5 days each week, I never put on much weight even though I eat a lot.
- I recommended to Louis that he plays Tennis a minimum of 3 hours per week, but preferably 5 hours per week.
- The next hurdle we had to overcome though was that Louis had a sore left knee.
- The solution to this was stretching the quad, hamstrings, calves, achilles tendon and IT band as well as some self massage with the hands and also a Tennis ball.
- Heart rate and breathing are always important. When you play Tennis, it’s really important to keep moving like a boxer. Skipping is the best exercise. Tennis Blast has a skipping drill that has 1 different types of skipping without a rope. (see our Get Fit With Tennis App
- 2 Feet Jumps
- Side to Side Jumps
- In and Outs
- Ready Steps
- Toes Down, Forward Back
- Heels Down Forward Back
- Leg Kicks
- Rain Dance
- Lateral pushes
- Arm Circles
- High Knee Run
- Hip Twists
I have asked Louis to do Ready Steps, Bounce Steps, Lateral Pushes or Hip Twists constantly in his hour sessions whilst he waits for the ball.
My advice to Louis with his diet and nutrition has been
- That the no. 1 thing to getting healthy was nutrition.
- To cut down pasta, bread and dairy as his goal is to lose 10 kilograms in 3 months. Well the good news is, that after one week and just 1 week and 2 sessions, Louis said he has already lost 2 kilograms.
- To detox by fasting for a day once a week for 2 to 5 meals in a row.
- That when I want perform my best as an athlete, that although I love a couple of coffees sometimes, I don’t drink or need coffee if I’m fit and well.