Confidence by GC Cava

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Guest blog by Coach GC Cava

I was very fortunate to coach and observe the 3 highest levels of tennis this past summer and I noticed one thing that the Junior Grand Slam champion, Collegiate Champion, and Grand Slam Champion all had in common. At all 3 levels I noticed that confidence was more than just swagger, athleticism, talent, heart, or hustle. All these champions shared a tolerance for physical pain, a mental fortitude and toughness to take risks, and they all had that element of fearlessness that leaves their opponents(and all watching) awe struck.

They all had this aura of Rocky Balboa, they kept swinging, kept taking their opponents best punches, and kept going even though they swung and missed. That’s what separates these champions from the rest of their competition, they’re not scared to take risks. They don’t fear making mistakes, they thrive in the big moments because they’re not holding back, they’re not conservative. A tennis player has to make thousands of decisions every match they play, every ball they strike is a decision to make.

I think you all get what a “practice” day is, but all practice days are not created equal. Some practice days are meant to introduce new movements, new intensity, new measurements, in order to get you out of your comfort zone a little so that you become more well rounded. Competition days and mental toughness days don’t get very comfy, at some point things get a little testy mentally and physically but you have a decision to make, keep going or just give in to your fear.

Every rep you execute is a decision, the less thinking you have to do, and the more simple your approach is, you often end up doing very well. You never hear champions talk about technique or strategy at the end of games or matches. They all talk about being mentally strong and prepared, the losers often talk about mistakes made, whether they be mental or technical, they always have that one decision they regret. Might be time this cycle to take a few risks during practice days instead of skipping them or scaling back too much.

Wednesday’s Workout

5 RFQR (30s:30s)
Balancing foot-hand crawl
Squat snatches (60%)

Front squat (Of 2RM + 4-10lb)
75% x 5
85% x 3
95% x 1+

Thusday’s Workout

“Fran ‘n’ Back”
Thrusters (95/65)




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