Tennis fans rejoice – it’s time for Grand Slam tennis in New York City. I enjoyed several matches this weekend, via TV, and cheered on Serena, Federer, and all of my favorites. It is amazing the strength, endurance, and overall fitness these top-caliber athletes must attain. It was truly motivating for me to keep striving to work out and get fit. Here are my takeaways from the US Open.
One thing about holding a major tennis tournament in New York City is the conditions. Blinding sun, scorching heat & humidity, wind gusts, enthusiastic fans, and airplane noise. But overcoming those distractions make winners the best! There may be conditions at the gym or outside during your daily run that will make it harder to get your workout in some days, but persevere. Say no to those opportunities to skip your workout.
Top tennis players don’t throw in the towel after losing the first set, they keep pushing and put 110% effort into each point. Every serve, every return, every forehand, every backhand, and every point matters. The best competitors keep a tough mental attitude and never give up. So maybe you’re not seeing the results you’ve hoped for immediately or you still can’t fit back into your favorite pair of jeans, but don’t despair – keep moving forward! Set yourself up for an amazing comeback!
You can immediately jump in and get moving (see Baby Steps to Fitness) but to truly make an impact, you need to train specifically for what you’re trying to accomplish. US Open tennis players train to strengthen their core, run for endurance, and practice with coaches, ball machines, etc. What is your goal? Overall health or are you looking to complete your first 5k or half marathon? Maybe you’re inspired by your tennis idol and you’d like to enter a tennis tournament. Train with a purpose and an end goal in mind.
Except for a few incidents, professional tennis players display true character and sportsmanship on and off the court. Be competitive but also strive to encourage others. And what better way to train than with a partner? Seriously, how fun is it to hit a ball by yourself to a wall? Workout and compete with friends to make it much more enjoyable. Residents of Marina Playa apartments in Santa Clara enjoy matches on their full-size tennis courts.