03 November 15  |  Tennis   |  

Weight Lifting Improves Your Tennis Game

Written by Thiroshan Chetty, Director of Tennis

Tennis players often spend so much time on the court that they do not leave ample time for weight lifting and strength training. However, strength training is a vital part of tennis and can take your game to the next level. It helps make hitting the ball feel easier and improves your confidence on the court.

I’ve listed some of my favorite exercises that will improve your tennis game.

Weight Lifting Improves Your Tennis Game

Arm Strength

Arm strength is very important in the game of tennis. It can increase the pace of your shots and racquet head speed (which is often one of my weak points).

Here are some exercises for increasing arm strength:

  • Wrist and arm curls
  • Dumbbell bench press
  • Bicep curls

Leg Strength

Strong legs are beneficial for speed and agility and very important during your first step toward sprinting to the ball.

Here are some exercises for strong, toned legs:

  • Squats (whether with weight or air squats)
  • Walking lunges
  • Leg press

Core Strength

Having a solid core is extremely important in tennis. Your core is used during every stroke, aiding in the stabilization of your entire body. With a strong core, you not only hit shots more effortlessly but also become less injury-prone. While doing core-strengthening exercises, try adding a medicine ball in order to build more strength than just using your body weight.

  • Dead lifts (help to strengthen accessory muscles to both your core and legs)
  • Russian twists
  • Medicine ball slams
  • Leg raises
  • Pushups

The Tennis Club at Golden Ocala offers players six Har-Tru Hydro-Grid® courts, the finest clay surfaces available. If you are looking to get involved in the sport, we have several different options available for our members. You can take lessons or join our groups or day leagues. If you want to schedule a tennis lesson, make sure to contact our tennis pros today!

Contact Thiroshan Chetty at 352-402-4351 or tchetty@goldenocala.com.

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