Working out with Lindsay Davenport
I was just looking at Tennis Maagazines section called "Working out with the Pro's" Each month they feature a new player. I found one on Lindsay in the archives that I thought was funny and motivating.
Working out with...Lindsay Davenport
by Andrea Leand
From the December 1998 issue of Tennis magazine
Lindsay Davenport captured her first Grand Slam singles title at the 1998 U.S. Open and a few weeks later attained the No. 1 ranking for the first time in her career. But the 6-foot-2 1/2 American didn’t get there overnight. Her blistering ground strokes and improved conditioning helped her win six 1998 tour titles and earn victories over four of the current Top 10 players this year (as of Oct. 19). She credits her success in part to a new fitness regimen she began three years ago. Her five-year professional
career hit a crossroads in 1995, when she
contemplated quitting after sustaining a series of
injuries. In January 1996, she hired coach Robert
Van’t Hof, who encouraged her to strengthen her body and get fitter. She began by improving her quickness with 45 minutes of sprints after her 90-minute practice. Gradually, she incorporated a 2-mile run and an hour of cross-training in the gym into her routine. 'I'm not one of those people who is going to spend every minute in the gym and eat steamed vegetables,' Davenport says. 'I'm a normal person and I like to have a life with my friends. So Robert and I came up with a very efficient routine that gets what we need done in the least amount of time. 'The cross-training is the key because I get bored quickly,' she says. 'I'm not the kind of person who does sit-ups while I'm watching TV. But just an extra hour each day has made a difference. It took me six months to see a real improvement but, once I did, I had so much more confidence in myself on and off the court.' It took another 2 1/2 years to drop nearly 35 pounds and reach peak form. 'This didn't happen overnight. And I still have a little more to go. I'm probably an 8 on a scale of 10 in fitness. But I'm very happy with my progress.'