You’ve caught the ping pong bug. You love the sport and there’s more than a bit of talent to be unleashed. To take things to the next level you’re going to have to put in some serious table tennis training.
What you really need is an exercise programme that’s tailored to both you and your new favourite sport. Here’s what you need to do in order to excel.
1. Endurance Training
You may not be training for a marathon but you need to make sure you can keep up the pace.
Just playing regularly at a high intensity will mean your endurance is pretty good. What you need to do is top it up with one or two thirty minute high endurance sessions every week. These could be anything from a long run to a cycle ride.
2. Training at the Table
If you’re a new player, you’ll need to hit a lot of balls to develop the right technique. The more time you can commit, the better. This is going to form the foundation that will enable you to step up your game.
You should concentrate on the six major strokes for most of each session. These are the forehand counter hit, backhand counter hit, serve return, forehand push, and backhand push. Finally and most importantly you’ll want to learn to serve like a pro.
You should try and play a diverse range of partners in order to learn new styles and techniques. You may want to invest in a robot as a multi-ball partner if you’re unable to find sufficient players to train with.
3. Strength Training
As well as cardio training, you should also incorporate exercises to improve your strength. If you don’t do this then you will be using your body in a very one-sided way which may cause you problems later.
Keep things balanced so that you tone your entire body with some light to medium weight training exercises.
4. Build Up Your Power
Most top athletes have powerful legs. With table tennis, you need to be able to move quickly and with agility. You won’t need the strength of a body-builder but you will need to able to exert short bursts of intense power.
You should try to incorporate skipping into your weekly cardiovascular training. It’s a great way to build up both stamina and the power you’ll need in your legs.
5. Always Warm Up and Cool Down
It’s very important to warm up your muscles before you start training. This will let your body get ready for the exertion you’re going to put on it.
Cooling down afterward is equally important. It’s going to help reduce any aches and pains you’re likely to feel the following day.
6. Keep Your Table Tennis Training Varied
Adding variety to your training is going to be a good thing. Don’t let your training become monotonous. If you do, you’ll run the risk of skipping the necessary sessions you need.
Enjoy Your Game!
Your frame of mind is going to have an impact on your ability. If you have a positive mindset and take pleasure in table tennis training then you’re halfway there.
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