These days when we should be staying at home, being responsible and supportive, many of us feel a bit silly for practicing our favourite sport. Keeping this in mind, we want to make everything a bit more bearable for you! We can propose some alternatives that will help you improve your Padel, your fitness, and, above all, have a good time without leaving the house.
On one hand, you have the option of entertaining yourself or learning from the comfort of your couch. There are endless options allowing you to watch matches, tutorials, interviews or learn unusual facts from the world of Padel. For example, don’t miss the best tricks and fun videos from Miguel Lamperti on our YouTube Channel. There is also a lot of useful information available in our blog.
On the other hand, you can do physical exercise at home; in front of the tv, on your balcony, on the terrace, on the patio…. If you normally go to the gym you can try to recreate the exercises you do there at home, using your imagination! Bottles of water and packets of rice can become 5kg and 1kg weights, or the handle of a broom can be used as a type of gymnastics baton! Our trainer Rafael Conde of @claserealdepadel can give you an uber-complete training session to do in your very own living room: https://youtu.be/sRN0cAYyo9E.Whether you are a player or a Padel instructor, we highly recommend his channel and his social networks.
And now for the best part! If you have a clear area, you can practice up against the wall. The following exercises can improve your technique and your touch:
- Tapping with the face of the racquet. This can be practiced by everyone. It seems simple, but it will improve your control and you will be more comfortable engaging with all parts of the impact surface. You can start by tapping with one side, then the other, alternating and even interspersing strokes on the edges.
- Stand about 2.5 or 3 meters out from the wall. Alternate controlled hits, one on the backhand and one driving forehand, without the ball bouncing on the ground. You can make it more challenging if you move sideways from one end of the wall to another.
- If you have more space (garages, patios…) and you can move away from the wall, try a series of backhand and forehand strokes, letting the ball bounce. Try to hold out as long as you can, as this will improve the point of impact.
You can also take advantage of your extra time these days to get to know new racquets and accessories out on the market. You will find everything you need to be up to date on our web page.
And now all that’s left is to take care of yourself, and don’t break any vases with a ball!
Best of luck to everyone!