Flexibility work will definitely help his tennis game. Strength resistance training should also be a part of his overall program. Since he’s intimidated by the weight room, can you train him in another environment? And if weights are intimidating, start with bands, tubing or body weight resistance. His fatigue may come from his response to the environment, a previous experience with strength training or a lack of having strength trained before. Just because he’s got cardio endurance on the court, doesn’t necessarily translate to strength endurance.
The answers given are excellent. Playing viorous tennis is a different biochemistry than strength training, especially if the strength training is done at high resistance, low reps to temporary failure.
I agree with LaRue that how quickly your client recovers normal ventilation is quite important.
Hi Joe. As a tournament tennis player myself I fully support the notion of tennis athletes performing resistance training to help their tennis game and to help stay injury free. I’m not sure from your question what exactly your client is doing to get out of breath from lifting so you will need to elaborate on what exactly you are talking about (e.g. what exercises make him out of breath; how quickly does he recover; does he have any diagnosed respiratory issues etc.). Thanks.