After finishing the article, I took it upon myself to do some research. What I gathered was a definitive classification of the different types of muscle training. Muscle training can be classified into three generally distinct groups:
- Muscular Strength Training
- Muscular Explosiveness Training
- Muscular Endurance Training
On a general level, athletes tend to focus on muscular strength over other types of fitness. Usually, it is caused by ignorance or by trying to build a stronger foundation. Muscular explosiveness and muscular endurance training can only be effective after a athlete develops a strong base. Specifically for tennis players, muscular explosiveness training constitutes one of the most, if not the most important sector of tennis. At the professional level, however, the combination of the three forms of fitness tends to parallel success.
Most players focus solely on the muscular strength aspect of the game in an effort to keep up with the multitude of power on tour. But top players understand the importance of muscular strength training and muscular explosiveness training, and implement both into regular workouts.
|Monfils returns a forehand against Nadal at the U.S. Open.|
|Rafael Nadal displaying his muscular endurance.|
You may be questioning how you can train your muscular endurance. You may already be training without knowing it! Exercising on the treadmill, elliptical, or stair-master are all perfect ways to increase your muscular endurance. If you want great results on the court, doing exercises such as lunges and squats are very helpful (any exercise in reality can be used). The important thing is doing high reps with smaller weights. Keeping your shoulders and core strong is also key to diminishing the number of injuries you get while playing. These high repetition workouts teach your muscles how to stay strong and last long on the court during those grueling matches!