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09-02-2005, 05:33 AM #1
Weight Training for Badminton
This is my first post, so don't be too harsh!
The topic of weight training with respect to badminton is something close to my heart so I thought I'd share some insight, since the correct exercises can really improve your game. I've been bodybuilding for 5 years and playing badminton for 9.
There are four main areas of interest with regards to badminton:
Thighs - explosive starts and jumps
Calves - calves are responsible for all foot flexion, for general court movement, allowing direction change etc.
Torso - allows you to lean in any direction to retrieve the bird, and twisting into a shot gives a fair increase in power
Forearms - Forearm pronation and supination generate most of the power in a lot of badminton shots
As to which exercises to perform, the aim should be for STRENGTH rather than SIZE, since excessive amounts of muscle can impede movement (and make you heavier!). Since size comes about from lifting extremely heavy weights for an extremely short amount of time, you should be safe;
Leg press - I personally prefer these to squats, since there's no danger of injuring any other body part (particularly to lower back) trying to maintain the proper form. The leg press activates almost all the muscles of the thigh (and certainly all the important ones such as the vastis and adductor magnus) and is actually more effective than the squat. Position your feet HIGH on the platform (this minimizes excessive knee/hip flexion and is just as effective as with feet low).
Calf raise - Simply stand on an elevated platform (about 15-20 cm will do) and repeatedly raise yourself up and down on your toes (and I mean ALL THE WAY up and down, without bouncing). Add some dumbells once you become proficient. This exercise is preferable to other seated exercises because it works ALL of the calf muscles (the soleus in particular).
Crunches/Back Hyperextensions - These two will work the front AND back of the torso. Execute your reps SLOWLY with these (as the rectus abdominus and eretor spinae respond best to steady, moderate tension) and breathe OUT as you approach full compression. Finding some way to add resistance to torso TWISTING motion is very difficult using freeweights (you could probably use a medicine ball in some magical way) but there are special machines which emulate this movement. It's also worth adding some dumbell leans (side to side) to work the obliques.
Forearms - Ah... the forearms. Let me dispel one myth immediately: performing endless wrist curls and extensions has NO effect on badminton shot power (the racket is held AT RIGHT ANGLES to the axis of the forearm, so there's no way any flexion/extension of the wrist can occur). Your best bet is to shadow your badminton shots with either a squash racket (as JR does), or with the head cover on your badminton racket. Either of these will give a resistance to the pronation/supination (forehand/backhand) movement.
Another possibility is to use a (very) light bar: hold it at one end with your forearm out in front of you, parallel to the floor and at 90 dgrees to your upper arm and repeatedly pronate and supinate the bar from one side to the other, stopping when the bar reaches level. This is extremely difficult even with an empty bar, so try it with the handle end of a sweeping brush first (seriously!).
The bicep does assist the supination movement, so some barbell/preacher curls are a good idea (sadly, the pronator quadratus ALONE is responsible for pronation and resides in the forearm; the upper arm does not come into play).
I'm not suggesting you perform these exercises to the exclusion of all others (quite the opposite), but performing MORE of these exercises (or more frequently) will tailor your workout towards badminton prowess. The very best place to find exercises for a particular muscle or group is probably
as there are little movies showing the correct form.
Sorry for the long thread, but this topic really does deserve a lot of detail.
I hope this has been of some assistance to you.
11-15-2005, 01:29 PM #2
Thank you for this information!!
Youīre right itīs very inportant to focus on weighttraining otherwise youīll never become a worldclass player. All the areas you mention needs attention as you cannot allow yourself to have any weaknesses your opponent can capitalize on!!
In Denmark I have a personal weighttrainer who helps me create the program I need to perform well.
11-15-2005, 04:29 PM #3
As well as enhancing performance, weight training reduces the chance of injuries.
11-16-2005, 05:32 AM #4
Yes, thatīs also a good benefit from doing weights!!
09-21-2009, 07:48 PM #5
Sorry to bump this up, but this thread seems somewhat relevant to my question, and didn't want to create a new one.
I am currently wondering what is a better workout plan for badminton, high reps and low weights, or low reps, and high weights? What do is better in your opinion for badminton.
Furthermore, would it be possible to post a old schedule of your workouts, to see what type of muscles groups you worked within a session in the gym, and why muscles you focus on?
09-22-2009, 08:46 PM #6
09-23-2009, 01:10 AM #7
09-23-2009, 02:11 PM #8
I did do a search, or why did you think I bump up a 4 year old thread?
The purpose of my question, was pros/cons of high reps/low weights vs low reps/high weights, and was directed to JR.
Also, I was trying to get to see what type of weight training plans the pros use.
The figure 8, I did find before hand, and seems useful, though I am still trying to understand it all.
09-24-2009, 04:19 AM #9
is swimming has any benefit to a badminton player?
what kind of benefit will it give? other than improving in stamina...?
09-26-2009, 10:09 AM #10
09-26-2009, 06:13 PM #11
Good question.....First of all strength training is a individual thing if you think as a pro.....You need to know your weaknesses and strengths first. I did this with the physical trainer in the national center. Further there is a huge difference between a non-season and season period when it comes to weights.
If you want to get more explosive itīs generally a good thing to do low reps with high weights as fast as you can, still controlled, though and not too heavy weights. Find the weight you can lift exactly 8 times and nothing more .....If you want to do some pre-injury training lifting low weights many times should be the choice as this generates strenght and you can control the movement....
I donīt think bodybuilding is very usefull for a badmintonplayer. Itīs ok, but should not be done over a long period of time. Having too big muscles is not an advantage as a professional badmintonplayer.....
Another thing is to remember to use different variations of training in the selected bodyareas. After a while the effect of the exercise diminishes and you will benefit from changing the exercise to get the best effect....So have a couple of variations of the same bodyarea ready when you start on a weights-program......
Then there is the matter of adjusting the program to the individual. For instance Iīm the explosive player by nature and therefore I generally focus on doing pre-injury training.....This doesnīt mean that I donīt do explosive weight training....I just do it to get a boost in my speed close to tournaments....
09-28-2009, 03:21 AM #12
Wow - long time since I started this thread...
Have to agree with Jonas in his use of 8 reps for power - heavier weights cause the muscles to work more explosively, rather than gradually (if you were to use 15 or more reps). The legs are particularly responsive to low rep/high weight training because they are not used to it: they spend all day walking, which is a (very) high rep/low weight exercise.
Also agree with Jonas in that bodybuilder-type muscle gets in the way - I know from experience. Pro badminton players have it right: average amounts of muscles and not a gram of fat on them (that's why they LOOK so muscular).
09-28-2009, 04:22 AM #13
07-21-2010, 11:49 AM #14
Checked with a famous World Class Chinese coach regarding weight trianing for junior, he recommends more reps less weight.
07-22-2010, 01:23 AM #15
did they say what exercises?
03-12-2013, 11:03 AM #16
On the general topic of weights training for badminton players, indeed a list of exercises used by a pro or advanced player would be very interesting & helpful. Cheers in advance.
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