Spain’s Rafael Nadal just took home the win at this year’s French Open. The 26-year-old tennis player has now tied American player Chris Evert for the most wins among all players. With so many accolades at such a young age, how does Nadal train to stay on top of his game? This champion has a rigorous fitness regimen and clearly it works.
Nadal has won two Wimbledon titles, one U.S. Open title and an Australian Open championship in addition to his seven French Open titles. These aren’t the sort of honors one can just earn with luck, these are earned with sweat equity. Nadal puts deposits plenty of that in the bank regardless if it’s off season, pre-season, or tennis season.
According to Men’s Fitness, Nadal’s typically day begins at 8:30. Soon after he wakes, he hits the tennis court where he plays from 9:30 to 1:30. After a brief break for food and rest, Nadal is in his gym for more training by 4:30 until 7:00 in the evening. Nadal uses the gym for many forms of resistance training routines and uses resistance bands during his gym time. Nadal uses the bands to work his shoulder and rotator cuff, a crucial muscle set for any tennis player. After the gym, one can only assume Nadal is zonked and ready for dinner and bed. (more…)
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has officially joined the ranks as one of the few elite athletes to achieve a career Grand Slam after she won the French Open Saturday. She is only the tenth woman in tennis history to win the French, U.S. and Australian Open, as well as Wimbledon.
Sharapova defeated her Italian contender Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 after a grueling 89-minute final match. This win will put her back on top of the world tennis rankings, which is the first time she’s held the number-one spot since June 2008.
While Sharapova has achieved much success in her nearly 10-year career, it hasn’t come easy. The Russian star admits she’s dedicated to her training regimen that includes four-to-five-hour-a-day workouts six days a week with only one day for rest and recovery. (more…)