Google Down the Line!: PHOTO OP: Murray straps on bungee cord for high intensity stability workout

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

PHOTO OP: Murray straps on bungee cord for high intensity stability workout

Andy Murray's preparation for his assault on the end of the season is still underway in Roehampton.

The Brit baller, who'll be returning at the Madrid Masters, has given us peeks into some interval training on a treadmill and his core strengthening practices. Now, we get to see some high intensity stability work with Jez Green which "improves Andy's movement, more specifically (and technically) his 'cutting.'"

A number of yellow jumps are placed evenly spaced across the floor while Andy straps on a bungee cord - he'll work on keeping his balance against the pull of the bungee cord. The 21-year old performs different variations including moving forwards, backwards, and side-to-side, singles, in threes, etc.

Great stuff Andy - now can we get a few more ballers to give us a real look into their training practices? Any takers??

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  1. Looks intense, but kinda fun too. I'd love to know about more ballers' workout routines - I've got serious curiosity for what Rafa and Federer do in their physical training. Especially Rafa, because he always says cryptic things like "I train on the tennis court" when asked about his physical conditioning, even though it's clear he does more than just hit balls.

  2. anon: I completely agree. Rafa says he doesn't lift weights and, like you said, it's all work done on the court.

    I'm curious about Federer's and Nole's as well - the top guys. I think it's good to show fans how much does really go into being a top baller. I think we'd all be surprised b the time and intensity of what they do off court.

  3. Kinda fun???!!! Have you ever tried a bungee? Jebus, it's hard. I can't imagine putting myself thru that every day. Andy's not even the top player. Makes me also wonder what would have happened if Roddick had ever put effort like that in.

    I echo wanting to watch the top 3 train. The only thing I know about Roger is he trains part-time in Dubai so he can stand the heat and humidity, and that the players he brings there to practice with usually comment about not being able to keep up with him.

    Come on Rog, Rafa, Djok, let us watch!!!

  4. Djoko's main workout routine is chest pumping.

  5. Once again, three cheers for Andy's well-run and interesting site. I can't help but think it's a great way to connect with fans.

    Offering such interesting things on his site seems to assume that fans are interested in more than when a player's personal calendar goes on sale or where you can buy his shirt. Don't you think that it also infers that Andy (or his team) respects his fans, or at least gives them some credit for being more than casually interested?

    I hope the webmasters of Nadal and Federer are watching . . .


  6. "Don't you think that it also infers that Andy (or his team) respects his fans, or at least gives them some credit for being more than casually interested?"

    Absolutely - and we are! I think they realize tennis fans never get a real behind-the-scenes look at a lot of things in the game. How many times have you seen the inside of the locker rooms in other sports, the athletes meandering around, being interviewed? We get to see full press conferences, training sessions and interviews during the sessions, drafts, etc. Obviously some of these things don't apply to tennis but you get my point. I really could go on and on.

    Essentially, we (the fans) want and need more access into this sport - it gives us a sense of being part of it all, "in the know" as it were. No wonder so many of us have left this sport to find greener pastures.

    Andy is ahead of the curve here, plus he actually uses new media himself so he gets it. Kudos Team Andy!

  7. As regards Rafa, the problem is in lazy English-speaking media, who ocassionally ask him or uncle Toni an odd question about his training regimen, and receive a short, stilted answer - all that in English.

    I happened to read a 4-page in-depth interview with Rafa in a German sports magazine, but they were smart enough to send a Spanish-speaking reporter, a German guy who lived in Spain. So, what they got were detailed, insightful answers on everything, including Rafa's training.

    As far as I recall (the magazine was hardcopy, unavailable online, and interview was last done year in Stuttgart), Rafa hates gymwork, and does almost no weightlifting, but does a lot of balancing exercises on some kind of movable board. He also hates running (and was unable to do much of it anyway since his foot stress fracture and knee tendonitis). Instead, he swims a lot and adores rowing machine - does it every day; he even gave his exact sequence for the workout.

    Of course, the Spanish media have this info as well.

  8. anon: thank you - some really interesting, insightful stuff there. i'm more curious than ever now!

    rafa has ridiculous balance so it would be amazing to see how he works on it especially on that board you mentioned.

    very cool indeed.


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