Improve Your Tennis Quickness With Complex Training

by Todd Scott - Date: 2007-06-26 - Word Count: 424 Share This!

You ever feel like a deer in headlights on the tennis court?

If so... here's a strategy improve your quickness...

Simply put, your reaction time to the ball is measured by

1) how long it takes you to recognize the tennis ball off your opponent's racquet.

2) how long it takes you to 'register' which direction the tennis ball is moving.

3) how long it take your brain to tell your legs to move.

4) and, how long it takes for you to fire the first step towards the ball.

Now, 1-3 can be trained through experience and practice, and is improved with anticipation... basically you need to put in your time on the tennis court.

But #4 is a completely different story.

It doesn't matter if you know the exact place the tennis ball is going to land, if your muscles can't fire fast enough to get to the ball once it's heading in your direction....1-3 won't make a hill of beans.

And you know what I'm talking about. There's nothing worse than standing flat footed on the tennis court, SEEING the ball hit back to you, then NOT being able to move your legs fast enough to get to it.

More times than not, it's like we're a deer in headlights, thinking "MOVE, MOVE!"

But for some reason, no matter how loud your inner voice is screaming.... your feet won't move, and when they do.... it's a day late and a dollar short.

Hey, believe me, I've been there.

Teaching your muscles to fire faster on the tennis court with Complex Training.

Complex training for tennis couples a resistance training exercise with a plyometric power/speed) exercise for the same muscle group.

And they're done in pairs, normally with the resistance exercise performed before the power/speed exercise.

Example Tennis Complex Training for legs:

Half Squat 70-80% max x 5 reps

Rest 3 minutes

Broad Jumps x 5-9 reps

That's one set.

The tennis training effect is greatly increased when using complex training and will allow you to get more out of your explosive training if the resistance exercises is performed before the plyometric exercise.

Complex training will work to greatly improve your reaction time...

1) You'll reap more benefit and get faster results than
by simply performing plyometrics alone.

2) It will put you on the move and improve the
time it takes you to get to the ball once your
brain recognizes the ball & its direction.

3) You're muscles will fire faster to put you in
place to rip a smashing winner.

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