Stay hydrated – Cristiano Ronaldo
Athletes must always be on top of their hydration levels. While talking to FourFourTwo about his training tips, Ronaldo explained that staying properly hydrated gives him the energy he needs to train and play. Given the physical demands of football, the five-time Ballon d'Or recipient relies heavily on sports drinks. These drinks, according to Ronaldo, have a “mix of carbohydrates that boosts endurance.” They also have lots of electrolytes that ensure hydration and vitamin B12 that reduces fatigue. Tennis players need to stay hydrated at all times, especially when playing a match. Sports drinks are a good addition to water, as they will ensure you stay sharp and focused while you play. It is also important to make sure you start training and playing hydrated, as this will also affect your performance.
Work on your reflexes – Lewis Hamilton
As Sportskeeda points out in a list of the fittest F1 drivers, Hamilton likes to keep his training sessions fun, but varied. While he does lots of gym work to strengthen his core and muscle building activities, he also makes sure to sharpen his coordination skills. Ladbrokes published a feature titled 'Welcome to the World of Lewis Hamilton' and in it, they note how the five-time world champion uses reaction balls to improve his reflexes. With F1 drivers having some the fastest reaction times in sport, these drills have been crucial to his success. Like Hamilton, tennis players need to constantly work on improving their reflexes and agility. Reaction ball drills can help in that regard. The ball’s six-knobed design presents an element of unpredictability that necessitates focus and quick reactions that replicate on-court conditions.
Adapt! – François D'Haene
D’Haene, a French ultra-distance runner, knows that life can get in the way of training. In D’Haene’s case he has a job to think about. So in order to be properly prepared for his races, he adapts and takes advantage of whatever free time he can get. If you want be a great tennis player you have to make sure you find the time to train. Unless you are a professional, outside commitments will often get in the way of your preparation. It is easy to slip into bad habits. If you don’t have time to get to a court, you could instead work on your fitness levels. There is always something to be done that will improve your game.
Words by Anikka Lynn
Solely written for tecnifibre.com