Playing tennis regularly can improve balance, agility, and cardiovascular strength, according to Jim Berrigan, who has more wins than any other Babson tennis coach in program history. â€śTennis is a sport where youâ€™re always learning,â€ť he says. â€śYou can hit balls until youâ€™re blue in the face, but youâ€™ll see better results if you get into better shape.â€ť
Off the Court
Berrigan recommends working from the thighs to the chest: planks, medicine-ball throws, step-ups, and single-leg squats. â€śDynamic balance is crucial,â€ť he says. â€śSo many of our activities recruit smaller muscles, like those in the ankle, that you donâ€™t really think about, but are so important for stability and coordination.â€ť
â€śTennis requires you to be moving in balance to catch the ball as cleanly as possible, so training emphasizes going from core to extremity.â€ť
Take a Spin
Forehands and backhands require twisting the core into the ball. Try three sets of 15 partner trunk rotations to maximize your serveâ€™s power and speed.
Boston Athletic Club
$45 for a skills-and-drills class (nonmembers), bostonathleticclub.com/tennis.
Structured lessons for beginners and intermediates.
The Tennis Academy at Harvard
$110â€“$135 for a four-week clinic, thetennisacademy.com.
Skills-and-drills and drill-and-play programs are offered.
Check out “Home Team Workouts” to find out how other college teams in Boston get fit.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/article/2013/05/22/team-workout-babson-tennis/