5 Tips for Baby Boomer Tennis Players

5 Fitness Tips for Baby Boomer Tennis Players

Do you realize that baby boomers make up approximately twelve percent of tennis players in Australia? That number is continuing to grow! The benefits – both cardiovascular and aerobic – attract and retain the boomers, especially those who are member of fitness clubs that have tennis courts. Baby boomers make up 22 percent of the revenue in the tennis industry, and approximately half of those are “frequent” players.

tennis exercises for older playersBetween 2013 and 2014, tennis grew in double digits in the overall population. This growth was mostly caused by the baby boomer generation. As more and more individuals fall into that category, the sporting industry as a whole is beginning to shift its focus to what will very soon be the largest age group in the country. For the next 19 years, about 10,000 people each day will turn 65. Baby boomers are the “New” Older Market and are planning on continuing with an active lifestyle in their retirement.

So, what are some exercises you can do to enhance your tennis game? We spoke with Brendan McCann; Brisbane’s leading exercise physiologist from Live Well Rehab who was more than happy to give us some basic exercises to work into your tennis exercise program.

These exercises have been suggested with the baby boomer demographic in mind and many of these can be used safely by those in the recovery process of knee and shoulder injuries as well as other musculoskeletal therapy programs. Be sure to check with your physical therapist if you are unsure which exercises are suitable.

1) Do some exercises (lunges) to strengthen your hips and legs. Make sure you take the time to stretch your legs well after you play while your muscles are still warm. This will keep you from getting sore the day after you play.

2) Do some interval training on a treadmill twice a week to improve your cardio.

3) Every day for three minutes at a time, jump rope to improve your stamina and footwork. When you first start, three minutes is going to be tough,  tennis exercises baby boomersso just try to do one hundred jumps. Then, stop and catch your breath and try one hundred more. Work your way up to three minutes.

4) Join in some group lessons that include drills. These are a wonderful way to improve your tennis game. Make sure that you practice with both younger and older players, those that are at the same skill level and higher than you, and play both doubles and singles. This will give you a good rounding of practice to better your game.

5) If you find that you are out of breath after a long rally, do something else to delay things a bit so that you can catch your breath. Always make sure that you are breathing when you’re in the middle of a difficult rally- exhale (make a grunting noise) when you hit the ball.

Gone are the days when the older generation sat around in rocking chairs- they are much more active than ever before! The cardiovascular and aerobic benefits of tennis are attracting more and more baby boomers to this sport. These tips will help this group to improve their game- and their fitness! For a selection of faster paced exercises to improve your fitness check out the video below!

If you have any questions about what exercises are suitable for you to perform safely during injury rehabilitation, be sure to contact the team at Live Well Rehab on Facebook or Google+

7 Tips to Defeat Your Opponent in the Next Tennis Match

Tennis is a very rewarding and very competitive sport. It is also a solitary sport, especially true if you are a singles player. Below are 7 tips to coming out on top in competition or to amp up your game moving you to the next level.

1. Watch The Ball

Sounds pretty obvious, this is a command you will hear in almost any ball sport, and rightly so. Watch the ball with intensity. Many feel they do this step, however they take their eyes away from the ball right at contact. Watch your racket make contact with the ball. If you look at a photograph of the pros after they have hit the ball you will notice their head is still pointing to where they contacted the ball, keeping their head still and the bulls eye in place.

2. Watching the Pros

Speaking of watching the pros, this is a very important factor in developing a great tennis game. Many of us learn visually, so no matter how many lessons we take, books we read, or matches we play we will not reach our potential until we see it done right. Watch the pros with the same intensity you watch the ball. Focus on their footwork, stroke, and concentration. Then take it to court.

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3. Watch Yourself

Recording yourself can be a phenomenal tool to fixing faults and spotting error. Even when we feel like we play well, all too often a recording will reveal otherwise. Try comparing your strokes with pros and see where you need improvement. You may be surprised at how effective this can be.

4. Use The Wall With Caution

The tennis wall can be an important tool to get you to the next level, however it can do the opposite as well. Be very cautious when hitting against the wall as you may be practicing bad technique. Start slow and make sure your stroke is correct. Have a pro analyze your stroke to be sure you are training good habits not bad.

5. Footwork

Foot work is so important. Quite often we feel it is our stroke that was off but in fact it was our foot work. Without proper footwork you cannot line yourself up properly to hit the ball with the correct stroke. Keep your feet moving in an organized fashion and you’ll be a step ahead of your opponent.

6. Patience

Learn and train yourself to be patient. Rather than going for that winner, keep passing the ball until you know you have the perfect opportunity to make that winning shot. Even using this strategy you are inviting your opponent to make the first mistake. Point by point games add up and you will find yourself at the advantage.

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7. Second Serve Success

The biggest factor in your wining a tennis match is second serves won. Your first serve is your weapon, you let it all out and go for it. You can’t do this with your second serve and on the other hand you cannot have a weak second serve that gives your opponent the benefit every time. Develop your second serve to be tricky, dependable, and precise. Really putting some time into your second serve will prove to pay off.

Like all things practice makes perfect. Using these tips will put you at an advantage in practice and matches. Getting out often and with a variety of players will help you to develop a well rounded game. Remember the good shots and forget the bad, then get out and play what you remember.