Dos and Don'ts For Tennis Conditioning

by: April Durrett

If you enjoy playing tennis, working with tennis players can be a great way to expand your clientele and grow your bottom line. Here are some basic programming dos and don'ts to follow.


  • Play tennis! “if you don’t play the sport, you won’t have enough street cred to develop solid relationships with teaching pros,” advises Dale Huff.
  • Keep up to date with tennis. What are the trends in tennis? Who are some of the top players? tennis players are passionate about the game, and they may want to talk to you about these topics.
  • Consider all ages. Parents who care about their children’s tennis game may be willing to pay to help their kids succeed and stay injury-free. With the right expertise and experience, you may be able to train players—from youth to recreational players to college or pro athletes.


  • Act like a teaching pro. You never want to help tennis players with their serve, advises Patricia Welter. Huff agrees: “if you are expecting the tennis pro to refer you clients, never contradict the instruction the pro provides the athlete. if you have a concern, address it with the pro in private!”
  • Train top athletes right away. “Just like with any other specialty sport, apply what you know,” says Michael saiz. “start with less experienced clients and work your way up to the advanced player,” he adds.
  • Make assumptions. find out if your area has a good base of tennis players, so you’ll know whether there is a market for your work. for example, Welter finds that Florida draws a lot of tennis players year round, so it is a good market for this type of specialty training.

To read the full article that ran in the April 2014 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal click here.

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April Durrett IDEA Author/Presenter

April Durrett is a contributing editor for IDEA Fitness Journal.


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  • Kristopher Shumway

    Anthony I think training for tennis off the court is essential. The biggest challenge I have seen with trainers who are training tennis players is their ability to connect with their sport. For whatever reason I have seen more unhappy students due to the fact that the fitness professional does not speak the language the tennis student needs to hear to understand how the movements etc relate directly to their sport. I would suggest that if the trainer does not play tennis to take a few lessons or ask to come observe a lesson or two to hear how a tennis coach speaks, interacts and the terms they use to describe certain shots. The iTPA does a great job at providing a certification specializing in Tennis specific training. I use a variety of drills both on court and off court with my students who I coach along with a lot of pre-hab exercises. Most tennis players have many muscle imbalances which need to be addressed to help prevent future injury as a player becomes more competitive. Hope this helps. Kristopher Shumway MS, NASM-PES, iTPA CTPS USPTA Elite Profesional
    Commented May 15, 2014
  • Anthony Mac

    What do you think about training for Tennis off the court? Like RMT Clubs or Agility Drills?
    Commented Apr 30, 2014