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Professional Training Session with Alexander Ritschard | Tennis Conditioning Episode 10

December 27, 2019

Hello and welcome, my name is Philipp Halfmann
and I am the Director of Exercise & Sports Science at the IAAPH, and I am also author
of “Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning for Tennis”. We have received a lot of inquiries from you
guys in the past, asking us to show a training session with a professional athlete. So in
today’s episode you will be able to take a look inside a professional training session
with Swiss national junior champion, Alexander Ritschard. The training session will consist of: 1. Dynamic stretching
2. On-court integrated tennis drills with a speed ladder 3. Serve & volley So, you are welcome to join in; I hope you
will like it. Every training session starts with a dynamic
warm up for the upper- and lower body. You can see Alexander performing a lunge with
trunk rotation followed by a lunge with ceiling reach before we get to the court starting
with on-court training. At the beginning of today’s training session
we want to focus on lateral footwork and groundstrokes. One great way to accomplish both in one exercise
is by using an integrated speed ladder drill. Before you can do this drill with your athletes
make sure they are familiar with the “Lateral Fast Feet” speed ladder drill. So, set up the speed ladder behind the baseline
and have the athlete move through the speed ladder before hitting ground strokes. The
focus is on perfect movement mechanics and stroke production. In the next drill we want to focus on improving the
footwork for the inside out forehand. This can be accomplished by combining 2 speed ladder
drills: Lateral fast feet & the posterior cross-over before hitting the shot. Next we hit some basic volleys with good rhythm
and in good form before finishing the training session with some serves. Well, that’s it again for today’s episode.
As usual, opinions can differ. What’s your point of view? Let us know below
in the comment section. A brand new episode will be available next
Sunday. So make sure you don’t miss it and subscribe! In the meantime I recommend you watch some
of the previous episodes — you should really watch them all!
If you like what you saw tell your friends — I’m sure they will appreciate it. I’m Philipp Halfmann, Thank you for watching
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  • Reply Stefanie Jones September 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    cool…I really like it!

  • Reply Tennis Conditioning September 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you Stefanie

  • Reply Coach DBJR December 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    great video!!!

  • Reply Walter D Amico January 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Nice drills, but I miss in this video what Alexander have improved and how?

  • Reply Shota Ono April 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Alex is a great player

  • Reply Aki79 August 17, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Yeah.  He looks solid.  He is only winning about half of his matches though.  It's a tough tennis world out there ladies and gentlemen.  

  • Reply Farhad Roshanaie October 29, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Alex has super nice strokes.

  • Reply marcusfeloni January 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm


  • Reply Mike H May 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    jesxx. he just murder the ball perfectly everytime.

  • Reply Patrick Whitmarsh September 19, 2016 at 1:31 am

    This was a 6 minute sample. How long is a training program with a top player like Alexander? In general can you comment on training programs for various levels of tennis players? Thank you for the insight you have provided. Pat

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