Jez Green from Derlay Beach... PDF Print E-mail

Cycling Up Five Mountains!

Hi all,

Well I’m happy to report that the players made it through the training week and the girls even had a day off today to rest their aching limbs (and minds). The guys have the pre-qualifying for the Delray Beach tour event over the weekend and so far in their first three rounds no one has lost so that is a great start. Up for grabs for the winner of the tournament is a wildcard for qualifying into the prestigious tour event that has been played by Agassi, Roddick, Blake and Haas to name but a few so is a great opportunity to earn the right to be around some of the top players. Only 3 rounds more to go so I will keep you posted.

To fill you all in on the last few days training it was a mixed bag. The guys tapered their training down and just lifted for a couple of hours a day in order to help them stay fresh for the possible 7 matches this weekend and the girls who weren’t playing stayed on full training. Thursday was lighter after the tough 400 metre sprints the day before so we focussed on injury prevention and strengthening the small, deep core  muscles that work to stabilise the joints especially shoulder, knee and pelvis that are very susceptible to injury in young athletes and also got them into the ocean to utilise the waters rejuvenation properties. Suitably rejuvenated, the next day consisted of a session that Lance Armstrong would highly endorse. I use the bike and the rower as cross training machines so that I’m not always pounding the leg joints as they do enough of that on court let alone the track and today it was time for the bike. This session is very simple and to put it in pictures, it’s like cycling up 5 mountains with a minute in between each climb and it lasts about an hour…and yeah, it really is as FUN as it sounds!!!…by the way this is a good time to point out that a lot of the time, I do the sessions as well ,as do Dave and Hampo, as we do believe that if you are going to ask the players to suffer physically it’s only right that sometimes we should feel the same. However I’m glad (and very unhappy) to say that these guys are now very difficult to keep up with!!!

The last thing on the agenda after a fitness week is a long run on Saturday so this week we hit the beach and ran an hour. The sand makes running very hard on the legs but with the beautiful ocean to fall into at the end of it the motivation to finish is high and I must say diving into the water at the end of the run is a great way to finish the week…

…until it all starts again on Monday that is!!!

All the best,



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