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Golf And Tennis Conditioning For Athletes

Golf and Tennis Fitness Conditioning for Teenage and Mature Adults

The principle of golf and tennis specific training states that most training should mirror the requirements of the sport as closely as possible. This applies not only to the way the body's energy producing systems and neuromuscular system is taxed (through manipulation of intensity and rest intervals etc) but also to the movement patterns of each exercise.
However, rather than immediately embarking on a program to improve either or both of these fitness components, a more effective approach is to first build a solid foundation...


Basic strength training programs adapt the body for more strenuous resistance training later on. It's objective is to prepare the body by targeting all of the major muscle groups, tendons, ligaments and joints helping to prevent injury especially in teenage tennis players.

The less experienced an athlete is, the more time they will need to spend developing foundational strength before progressing onto more advanced forms of sports specific golf and tennis resistance training. But even experienced athletes should set aside some time during the year to complete a phase of basic strength training. It can help to redress some of the muscle imbalances that inherently occur with competitive sport.


Teenage athletes as well as mature athletes will benefit from increasing their lean body mass by adding extra muscle. However, the number of athletes that require hypertrophy training or a phase of bodybuilding is far fewer than most would expect. Larger muscles are not necessarily stronger and more weight - even lean, active weight - can be a hindrance in many sports. This is another reason why working with a experience golf and tennis conditioning coach is important.


Just as an athlete can be extremely muscular and lack an associated level of strength, they can also be exceptionally strong but lack significant power. Most athletic movements occur much more rapidly and demand significantly more power than lifting maximal loads. If maximal strength is not converted into sport-specific power, athletic performance will not improve - certainly not to the extent that it could.


Most of the articles you'll find regarding improving hand and eye coordination on the internet have everything to do with young children simply because this skill is learned when we are younger. In other words, it's not easy to change once you get older. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible with the right training when we are older.

We support athletes by providing these tools and dividing their time and energy amongst various types of training - endurance, strength and power, speed and agility, tactical etc., and find them time to recover! We also prevent deconditoning/detraining or overtraining from occurring during the off season. We choose only the most appropriate resistance exercises to avoid injury and preserve time for other types of sports specific training.
article by Max Sturdivant aka Dr. Fitness