Wimbledon starts today so thought i’d share my little claim to fame of playing there.
Well it was an exhibition match with a bunch of kids who got invited by the LTA back in 1990.
But it was still a Free trip to Wimbledon which you can imagine to an 8 year old is pretty exciting.
See I used to love all sports when i was a youngster.
You name it I tried it.
Well for a time I really got into short tennis (plastic racket and sponge ball)
Managed to get up to a national standard.
Unfortunately when it came to learning to play the proper game I was useless.
Luckily my football skills were much better.
Anyways now I spend most of my week coaching junior tennis players.
Working on improving their srength, speed, endurance, balance and co-ordination.
Because it’s not enough just to play the game.
In fact thats a fast way to becoming injured.
You simply have to put the work in on the physical side.
It’s always a hotly disputed topic youngsters and physical training.
It might stunt their growth (no it won’t)
Lifting weigths will injure them (playing 20 hours of tennis a week is more likely than squats and press ups)
It makes you slower around the court (it actualy makes you faster)
All things I’ve heard over the years.
Even when you see how much effort the likes of Murray put into their physical training some parents still question if S&C work is necessary.
It also needs to be fun which unfortunately goes out the window sometimes.
I’ve seen some crazy sport parenting over the years.
I get that they want the best for their child but if there not enjoying it you need to have a look at why.
Kids play sport for fun don’t forget that.
That means learning to win and lose.
See I put all my knowledge and experience from working with athletes into the Elite Racket Fitness Programme.
It’s a personal approach to fitness designed for you.
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P.S Look forward to hearing from you.
Joe Wear is a Strength and conditioning Coach based in Newcastle upon Tyne whose proven strategies from the past decade of coaching can help you re-gain your fitness, lose weight and get back to your best! Joe is certified by two of the leading strength and conditioning organisations in the world the United Kingdom strength and conditioning association (UKSCA) and the National strength and conditioning association (CSCS). He is a former professional footballer with Hartlepool united and achieved his exercise and sports science degree whilst on a football scholarship at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.