Posts tagged "speed economy"
Tennis Conditioning: How to Improve Agility

Tennis Conditioning: How to Improve Agility

The concept is to enhance kinetic energy transfer (kinetic chain efficiency) because it reduces the risk for injury and optimizes power output since no energy is being “wasted”. Kinetic chain efficiency (or download the free eBook: “Basic Introduction to Weightlifting for Tennis”), amongst other things, can be accomplished by making the athlete very balanced with...
Tennis Conditioning: Developing Speed Economy via Speed Ladder Drills

Tennis Conditioning: Developing Speed Economy via Speed Ladder Drills

Enhancing speed economy, which assure that minimal excess energy is expended (wasted) to perform the athletic movement, is an important factor in improving the athlete’s footwork, speed, agility and quickness (SAQ). Speed economy gains can be realized with the help of: Balance & Stability Training Functional Training Strength for Performance Training Stride Length & Frequency...
Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Squat Hopscotch (I)

Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Squat Hopscotch (I)

The Squat Hopscotch I is an introductory speed ladder exercise, which focuses on improving footwork for groundstrokes and speed economy, utilizing a speed ladder. Description Start by standing in front of the 1st square. Move through the ladder by jumping both feet out wide so that your feet are just outside the 1st square Perform...
Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Inside Fast Feet (I)

Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Inside Fast Feet (I)

The Inside Fast Feet I is an introductory speed ladder exercise, which focuses on improving footwork for groundstrokes and speed economy, utilizing a speed ladder. Description Start by standing over the first square and placing your feet just outside of the first square. Step inside the first square with your left foot first shortly followed...
Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Quarter Turns (I)

Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Quarter Turns (I)

The Quarter Turns I is an introductory speed ladder exercise, which focuses on improving footwork for groundstrokes and speed economy, utilizing a speed ladder. The athlete is simply making ¼ or 90° turns with the hips as he/she progresses down the ladder. Description The athlete starts with one foot inside the first set of rungs,...
Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Slalom (I)

Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Slalom (I)

The Slalom I is an introductory speed ladder exercise, which focuses on improving footwork for groundstrokes and speed economy, utilizing a speed ladder. Description The same movement is performed as seen in the Icky Shuffle, except the athlete: jumps out a few feet laterally from the ladder between each set of rungs. sticks each landing...
Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Lateral Shuffle (I)

Tennis Conditioning: Speed Ladder Drill – Lateral Shuffle (I)

The Lateral Shuffle I is an introductory speed ladder exercise, which focuses on improving footwork for groundstrokes and speed economy, utilizing a speed ladder. Description Start on the left or right lateral aspect of the first set of rungs (make sure to perform equal reps on both sides for symmetrical training). Perform rapid steps with...