Off-Season Training Update

It has been nice to have a bit of a break in the last few months. I have just had the one tournament in Texas and otherwise life has been very busy, but good at the same time! At this time of year with fewer tournaments, I like to get back onto a schedule of doing more off-court workouts, and harder practices. I try to do an upper-body workout every other day or so, and lots of sprinting and anaerobic type work throughout the week on the track or various machines. For the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to have a coach who works with me once or twice a week in the winter. We do some of these off-court sessions together, as well as drilling on the court at the club I work at. In return for his help, his 14 year old daughter hits with me during most of these sessions. That might sound like a weak partner for me, but as I mentioned a few times last summer, she is in the top 10 nationally for her age and has a bright future. She is very capable of hitting a good ball and giving me a good practice in the drill setting. I was lucky enough to have my girlfriend come to watch a recent practice, and she took some interesting videos of some of the types of training that we do on the court:

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Click to watch — Warmup & Sprinting

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Click to watch — Short Court Recovery Drill

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Click to Watch — Resistance Band Hitting

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Click to Watch — Inside Forehands

In addition to this, I’m hoping to get add core workouts, getting some flexibility and stretching mainly to help prevent injuries, and try to have a better diet. Regarding what I eat, I am not planning to do anything very calculated and specific, but try to simply get more fruits and vegetables, and cut out some things such as soda. It might be interesting to some people that I do not drink alcohol, and basically never have my whole life save for a couple sips of wine. Since I had never started on it the last 30 years, I have never been interested in it I guess. I also hope to try to test some of the new racquets out this winter. It is hard to get away from something I have used for so long (Flexpoint Radical), but now is the best time to give it a chance. Eventually, I will write about a few of the racquets I am demoing.

I have a big tournament in close to Minneapolis in about a month. There are going to be some really good players coming. One, in fact, that I am not allowed to share yet, but it would bring some buzz. Maybe for my sake in winning the 1st prize check, I hope he decides not to show! Thanks for your support everyone, talk soon!

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