I’m fascinated by how competitive players get in shape ahead of a big tournament or the start of a new season.
The pros, of course, have their own personal trainers, who design highly customized programs and push players beyond their limits.
But no, I’m talking about you and me. Serious competitive players at the club, regional or national level. How do you get match-tough mentally and physically in time for a big challenge?
I’ll tell you my favorite method, and it’s incredibly simple.
I’m sure you’ve had the chance to play on a clay court by now, either European-style red clay or the more common North American green Har-Tru surface.
In the past, I’ve mostly been a hard-court player. So I scrambled to get a few practice matches in on clay before the big summer tournaments (on clay). It was never really adequate. I’d still find my footing was a bit dicy, and more importantly, my shot patterns were never really ready for prime time on the clay.
This year, I finally joined an outdoor clay court club for the summer and it has been a delight. Playing on clay does so many things for your game and body you just don’t experience on hard courts.
Tennis is a great sport. But it can be a little frustrating at first. You have to get to an intermediate level – able to keep a rally going with your forehand and backhand – before you can really start to have fun playing with other people.
A lot of people give up before then. Or they don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars in lessons and clinics to get to the intermediate level. And that’s a shame, because tennis is one of the best ways to exercise if you’re over 35. It’s social, it’s fun, it gets you out in the sunshine, and you hardly feel like you’re exercising.
Well, I’m about to reveal a little secret that very few beginning players ever try. But, ironically, that practically all good players have used.
You won’t hear about it from your local tennis pro because it doesn’t involve lessons. It doesn’t involve court time. In fact, it won’t cost you a cent!
But it’s so useful that I’ve even seen professional players use it.
What if there was a way to improve all your strokes – especially your volleys and groundstrokes – in as little as a few days?
What if this simple trick could also help prevent tennis elbow?
And … what if this trick could also improve your health … by lowering your blood pressure?
It isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds…
When you play tennis in your 40s and beyond, chances are you’re going to get stiff, achy muscles after playing.
Sometimes your muscles can get so sore, it’s difficult to move the next day. And that’s a big problem if you’re in a tournament or league and have another challenging match ahead of you.
Sure, you can pop an Advil or ibuprofen to reduce the pain and inflammation. But you don’t want to keep gobbling NSAID drugs day after day, because of what they can do to your stomach.
So what are your options, if you want to avoid drugs?
Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about an all-natural “one-two punch” that can relieve muscle pain and stiffness quickly and keep it away long term.