Warming Up with Michael Landers

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I find that one of the questions that I am asked most frequently is how to properly warm-up for a table tennis match. Although everyone has their own methods of preparation, here is what my match warm-up schedule would look like for the highly despised 9:00 a.m. matches, along with a few extra tips:

7:00 a.m. - 20 minute jog to wake up, loosen up my muscles, and prepare for the day ahead

7:20 a.m. – Breakfast! I usually eat about 1 ½ - 2 hours before the match, to make sure that everything is properly digested before starting to play table tennis

7:45 a.m. - Arrive at playing center, take a light jog around, and stretch

8:00 a.m. - Start basic warm-up: forehands, backhands, etc.

8:15 a.m. - Footwork drill: For the first match of the day, the problem that I often see with table tennis players is their inability to get their feet moving. Some will try playing practice matches to get warmed up, but I find that the only thing I need before a match is to make sure that my feet are quick and nimble.

8:30 a.m. - Serving drill (Serve, and then random blocks anywhere): Here is what incorporates the feeling of playing the match into your warm-up routine.

8:45 a.m. - Serve and attack: The final stage of warm-up before match play to get feeling and prepare for the upcoming match.

9:00 a.m. - Match

So, really the most important thing for me is to be able to get the blood flowing and my legs moving before my first match. From there on, like many others, things become much easier as the day progresses.

Try some of these tips and see how they work out for you at your next table tennis match!

Good luck!

Michael Landers

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