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You know exercise is good for you – but do you know how good?

By · August 10, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Fitness · No Comments »

Exercise

The road to health does not involve the cultivation of enormous muscles. Innumerable systems of exercise have been exalted as leading to healthfulness. All sorts of extraordinary springs, bicycles, walking machines, dumbbells, and similar apparatus are alleged to lead the user directly into vim, vigor, and vitality, the three objectives of the physical culturist.

Exercise is a means of stimulating the action of the muscles, improving the co-ordination of nerve and muscle, and improving the circulation of the blood. The chief value of exercise is to stimulate the general chemistry and physiology of the body through its effect on the circulation and on elimination. That’s why a healthy person feels better after exercise.

Everyone should have sufficient strength of muscle to carry on the ordinary activities of life, and to permit some exceptional use in time of emergency. For young people exercise has the value of stimulating body growth. Competitive sports of a vigorous kind, such as running, tennis, handball, football, and baseball, are useful, but should never be tried by those not physically fit to undertake them. Among muscular activities suitable to people of all ages are swimming, walking, golf, horseback riding, fishing, and gardening. These sports cultivate endurance and grace. They may not make the heart beat faster, but neither will they make it hesitate or stop. Before undertaking any kind of strenuous physical activity let your doctor determine the capacity of your heart.

Here are the proper amounts of muscular activity for people of various ages: four hours of muscular activity at the age of five years, five hours daily from the age of seven to nine, six hours from nine to eleven, five hours from eleven to thirteen, four hours from thirteen to sixteen, three hours from sixteen to eighteen, and two hours from eighteen to twenty. (more…)

The Role of Agility Training for Tennis Players

By · August 1, 2010 · Filed in Training · 2 Comments »

Agility is such an important component when it comes to an athlete being fast. Tennis requires the athlete to be fast over short distances, in multiple directions and have the ability to develop explosive starts from various positions.

Agility training is sports specific and it has to simulate the exact movements required by your sport. For athletes that require linear speed then agility training will have little benefit.

Agility refers to the ability of an athlete to speed up, slow down and change direction while maintaining balance and control. Athletes in sports such as soccer, football, netball, basketball, lacrosse and tennis are just a few sports where athletes need to be agile.

Trainers who believe that one drill fits all do not understand the true meaning of sports specificity! Greater improvements will be found when training for your sport. (more…)