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January 24, 2015

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Today I would like to share an article where I read from Mike Robertson, President of Robertson Training Systems. Mike is a renowned fitness coach and has worked with numerous athletes. I am a big fan of his website articles and videos. Though he is not directly related to the tennis field, it is good to learn from other professionals whom can give you valuable knowledge.

So here goes the article. Have a good read.

Such a simple question, yet (most likely) a loaded answer.

I first started “training” when I was in high school. As an avid basketball player, I was willing to do anything necessary to take my game to the next level.

I was already accustomed to spending hours upon hours in the gym working on my game.

Whether it was dribbling drills, shooting drills, or simply working on my footwork, I knew that any little advantage would pay off.

Beginning a workout routine was a logical next step, and I thought it would definitely improve my game. (And if it made me look like LL Cool J, too, then all the better!)

Needless to say, it didn’t take long to see the difference.

All of a sudden there was more zip on my passes, more range on my jump shot, and the upper-classmen who came back in the summers weren’t pushing me around anymore.

Once my athletic career started to wrap up, I needed an outlet. Powerlifting was an obvious choice, as it allowed me to continue to be competitive, while putting all of my energy into the “training” side of the equation.

I competed in powerlifting very heavily for five years, and still consider myself a powerlifter in a lot of ways. Kind of like the Godfather, “Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in!”

But nowadays, training means something quite a bit different. I still want (and need!) to push the heavy iron, but I’m also striving for more balance.

Pushing weight is fine, as long as I continue to move well.

And “moving” has taken on a new meaning, too, since I’m constantly chasing around two kiddos every time I come home!

What I’m getting at here is that the “why” behind our training is different for everyone. And what’s even more interesting is that it can change drastically for each of us at different periods of time in our life.

Some people are focused on getting healthy, so they can live longer, happier lives.

Some want to get into shape, or take their physique to the next level.

And others want to improve their athletic performance.

So my simple (but loaded) question for you is this:

Why do YOU train?

Feel free to share with me your thoughts.

I really look forward to hear from you.

To your tennis success,

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