Introducing FREE eBook on Weight Training for Tennis

Introducing FREE eBook on Weight Training for Tennis

“Basic Introduction to Weightlifting for Tennis” is the new eBook by Philipp Halfmann and it is available for free; you “pay” with a tweet. The book provides information on weight training for tennis players, including why weight training for tennis makes sense, dynamic & static stretching routines and various resistance...
Introducing New Tennis Conditioning Book Available Summer 2012: Advanced Concepts of Strength and Conditioning for Tennis

Introducing New Tennis Conditioning Book Available Summer 2012: Advanced Concepts of Strength and Conditioning for Tennis

The first edition provides a developmental approach to the various aspects of strength and conditioning for tennis based on new concepts that have been fueled by scientific research and hands on field experience. Over 1000 athletes have been developed using the information and procedures provided in this edition, which are...
Areas of Expertise of a Quality Tennis Coach

Areas of Expertise of a Quality Tennis Coach

A quality coach is someone who can continuously improve/develop the player’s abilities without injuring the athlete, since the best athlete is the one that is healthy (how much good does it do if you have the fastest serve but you can’t walk onto the court?). With reference to the aforementioned definition,...
How Sugar Increases Fat Storage

How Sugar Increases Fat Storage

Don’t you wonder why you store fat even though you consume foods that are fat free (e.g. jelly beans)? So how can jelly beans, for instance, increase fat storage? The answer is simple: Excess carbohydrates provided by your diet are stored as fat. Excess carbohydrates (glucose) that couldn’t be stored...
Treatment Options Cure Tennis Elbow

Treatment Options Cure Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an inflammation (tendonitis) of the wrist extensor tendon, which can be very painful but it is reversible. Treatment options include: Improving stroke production Flexibility & strength training Changing to a more comfortable racquet You can Download a Sample Tennis Elbow Rehab Program and use the provided information...
Physio Ball Leg Curl

Physio Ball Leg Curl

The Physio Ball Leg Curl is being used to develop the musculature of the lower body (legs). Regular and proper execution of the exercise will enhance the player’s athletic capabilities and aid in injury prevention. Therefore, having strong lower body musculature is desirable. The video and detailed exercise description below will inform...
Power Clean

Power Clean

The Power Clean is being used to develop power via efficient energy transfer of the total body musculature. Regular and proper execution of the exercise will enhance the player’s stroke production and athletic capabilities. Therefore, having powerful total body musculature is desirable. The video and detailed exercise description below will...
Clean Pull (from floor)

Clean Pull (from floor)

The Clean Pull from the floor is being used to develop power via efficient energy transfer of the total body musculature. Regular and proper execution of the exercise will enhance the player’s stroke production and athletic capabilities. Therefore, having powerful total body musculature is desirable. The video and detailed exercise...
No Concept: Where Are Quality National Coaches?

No Concept: Where Are Quality National Coaches?

Putting it in simple terms: the level of junior tennis worldwide is sad! And who is mainly responsible for this sadness? The national federations and their coaches! Designing and implementing a concept for success is the national federation’s responsibility but even the biggest tennis federation of the world , Deutscher...
Annual Cost of Touring on the Professional Tennis Circuit

Annual Cost of Touring on the Professional Tennis Circuit

Pursuing a career as a professional tennis player requires €21,600 – €63,600+ annually, depending on duration & frequency of training,  ability to travel, number of tournaments played, and expertise of the coach. The coach’s level of expertise impacts overall cost, quality of player development, and career progress. Therefore, picking a quality coach becomes...
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Fit 2 Hit Episode 14: Problems with Fitness Testing for Tennis Players and How to Correct Them

Fit 2 Hit Episode 14: Problems with Fitness Testing for Tennis Players and How to Correct Them

Welcome to Fit 2 Hit Episode 14 from the BMW Open In Munich. I talk about problems with fitness testing for tennis players and explain how to correct them. You will learn about test validity and how to improve it, test reliability and testing recommendations including a sample performance test. JUMP TO SPECIFIC VIDEO SEGMENTS...
FIT 2 HIT EPISODE 13: How Flexibility Impacts On-Court Performance

FIT 2 HIT EPISODE 13: How Flexibility Impacts On-Court Performance

Philipp Halfmann explains how flexibility impacts on-court performance and provides some sample stretching exercises. Did you know that lack of flexibility could limit your ability to develop power? JUMP TO SPECIFIC VIDEO SEGMENTS Previous Episode: 0:49 Talking Points: 1:39 Flexibility: Performance Limiting Factor 2:05 Correcting Muscular Imbalances: 3:04 Benefits of Good Flexibility: 4:21 How Flexibility...
FIT 2 HIT Episode 12: What are the Benefits of a Proper Warm-up Routine?

FIT 2 HIT Episode 12: What are the Benefits of a Proper Warm-up Routine?

Do you warm up before every training session or match? For most of you the answer is no. Many recreational players don’t warm up at all or perform warm up exercises that are inappropriate (e.g. static stretching before competition), which generally results in a decline in overall performance and increases the risk for injuries, for...
FIT 2 HIT EPISODE 11: How to Cure Tennis Elbow

FIT 2 HIT EPISODE 11: How to Cure Tennis Elbow

Philipp Halfmann provides some recommendations on how to cure tennis elbow since many tennis players, recreational as well as professional, will experience pain just below the elbow joint. Don’t worry, it doesn’t include surgery or expensive medical treatments.
Fit 2 Hit On Tour: Photo Shoot with Alexander Ritschard

Fit 2 Hit On Tour: Photo Shoot with Alexander Ritschard

Philipp Halfmann is on a photo shoot with Swiss National Junior Tennis Champion Alexander Ritschard in Miami, Florida, during the ATP Tour Sony Open Tennis. Alexander is taking pictures for his sponsors for an upcoming campaign. Credits Model: Alexander Ritschard Photographer: Billy Coleman Hair & Makeup: Sophia Lenore
Fit 2 Hit Episode 10: Professional Training Session with Alexander Ritschard

Fit 2 Hit Episode 10: Professional Training Session with Alexander Ritschard

Hello and welcome to Fit 2 Hit Episode 10. Many of you send in requests that we show a training session with a professional athlete so episode 10 takes you inside a tennis training session with Swiss National Junior Champion, Alexander Ritschard.
WATCH FIT 2 HIT EPISODE 8: How to Improve US Tennis

WATCH FIT 2 HIT EPISODE 8: How to Improve US Tennis

In last week’s FIT 2 HIT episode I talked about why USTA president, Jon Vegosen, is wrong about the reasons for the decline of US tennis. Today I share my opinion on how to improve the state of US Tennis. Since this a very complex issue I focus on 3 main points: coaches, players and...