“I love to play tennis. I’d prefer devote my time and energy to tennis rather than training in the gym.”
Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. Most tennis players want just enough fitness to stay healthy for their time on the courts. Me too! That’s why I love double-duty exercises that will improve my fitness and my game.
Here is a top piece of equipment for a cardio tennis workout: the jump rope.
The jump rope has been around for a long time and it is an excellent fitness and footwork tool for tennis. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding hops to your warm up routine:
• Improved balance and coordination
• Improved speed and quickness
• Lower leg conditioning
• Muscle memory training for staying on your toes
Personally, I add 1–3 minutes of jump rope after my brief, dynamic warm up.
You don‘t even need a rope! You may start out with shadow jumping — pretend you have a rope in your hands while jumping. Eventually, when you’re feeling more coordinated, you may add the rope to your routine.
Here’s a great case study: I recently had one of my Division 1 players jump rope right before her singles match. College tennis teams play one set of no-ad doubles first. Once the doubles set has been decided, teams have five minutes to get the singles matches started. My player had great energy in her doubles set, yet often started sluggishly in the singles match. To get her motor revving again, she started jumping rope for one minute between singles and doubles. It worked like a charm.
Hop to it for a fast, simple and inexpensive cardio fitness tool for tennis.