We checked back in with Bimal Patel out of TennisSanJose.com. He's now played an amazing 200 matches in the program. 200, can you believe? Back on Aug. 2016 we profiled his playing 100 matches:
what the professionals go through day in day out. When I hit my goal of playing 200 matches in less than three years, I felt little like a professional tennis player myself.
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on my right knee), and have endured extended sickness which had left me weak and out of shape. I joined the league hoping to improve my fitness and endurance. Initially, I could barely play one match without feeling gassed, but this only improved as I kept playing more and more. Playing 2-3 matches every week gets harder and harder as I grow old and have an extremely busy work and social schedule. In order to keep playing tennis, I find myself working out on a regular basis, on a much more regular schedule than before I played the league. I've learnt to 'manage' my body (and mind) - thanks to competitive, but friendly nature of the flex league. My fitness regimen now consists of:
- - daily 1.5-2.0 mile brisk walks or 20-30 minute stationary bike ride
- - followed by 5-10 minute stretching (quadriceps, hamstrings, Achilles, shoulders, upper arms, and back stretches)
- - Weight training 1 to 2 times a week, nothing major - just light to moderate weights to help major muscle groups
- - decent diet, and ample sleep, specially the night before the tennis match, whenever possible
as we get older. Thanks to participating in the tennis league, I feel more disciplined and honor my commitments to my opponents. Due to league participation, I don't feel forced or compelled, on the contrary I find myself enjoying the whole process.
I hope my experience help others in their tennis, fitness, or self-improvement goals.