Since I play tennis so regularly, I am in fairly good shape; but I am continually impressed how many tournament players there are who are in even BETTER shape than I am. How much conditioning is enough?
Part of my â€œproblemâ€ is that I play tennis up to six times a week; and up here in New Hampshire, it is mostly singles or hitting groundstrokes. So with work, daily stretching, lifting two times a week, and other obligationsâ€¦ that doesnâ€™t leave time for much other aerobic exercise.
But I really think there needs to be another element added to the mix somehow. Whether it is biking, swimming, jumping rope, or just walking, there should be an aerobic part to any good tennis playerâ€™s program. While you can end up dedicating your waking day to â€œgetting in shape,â€ there has to be some balance.
This reminds me of the joke: Two city guys are out camping and while they are nestled in their tent, they hear the sound of a bear rustling around in the woods near by. One of the two says, â€œIâ€™m going to put on my running shoes, just in case he comes any closer.â€ His friend cautions him, â€œYou canâ€™t outrun a bear.â€ But he retorts, â€œI donâ€™t need to outrun the bear. I just need to outrun you.â€
So I guess the motto for my conditioning program should be: I donâ€™t need to outrun the bear, just you.