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Thread: Training At Home
05-19-2009, 03:53 AM #18
I've been taking some Yoga classes along with my girlfriend too with no thoughts of badminton in mind and recently, I've been able to move around the court faster. I seem more relaxed while playing and I tend to play smarter. Possibly even stronger too. I can't say this is a direct effect of the Yoga since I've also been working out but I can say it has made a difference for sure.
05-19-2009, 04:14 AM #19
I found the rather primitive yoga on Wii fit to help out. I was doing it every day for about 10 weeks and felt a lot more flexible and quick (could lunge further without feeling discomfort). I was also doing squats, push ups and sit ups at the time.
Having stopped for the moment because of uni exams I have definitely gotten slower around the court again. Especially moving forward.
A uni fitness coach said having core strength is vitally important for stability and shot control. As is not over training one muscle, as they work in pairs. So if you do loads of tricep work don't forget biceps!
05-19-2009, 04:22 AM #20
Is it okay if i train in my backyard when not coaching?
05-19-2009, 04:31 AM #21
It should be fine, but you might build a bad habit.
05-19-2009, 05:27 AM #22
Yah, ok, thanks!
I am going for coaching, but after returning home, when i feel like training, that's when i go to the backyard, don't worry, i'll be careful, will do exactly what the coach says!
05-19-2009, 08:40 PM #23
Backyard training is FUN!!! Learnt how to jump smash in my backyard when i was younger..
05-19-2009, 09:30 PM #24
05-19-2009, 09:41 PM #25
backyard training works best for "shadow badminton"
You dont actually use a shuttle. But practice shots and technique imagining you are hitting a particular shot. And practicing over and over and over.
This is a good training method iv picked up.
Pick your star player who you like. EG Lee Chong Wei. Download a few of his matches and study him playing. Watch him only over and over and over.
Then go to your backyard and practice moving imagining your him. When you move for a net shot have a picture going through your mind of what he would be doing. Keep practicing until you feel quite fluent and feel asif you are replicating his movements to some degree.
Also because you are concentrating so hard mentally, you block out every other aspect apart from your movement and hitting the shuttle. It tends to give you a cleaner, calmer movement aswell as a more focused thought process.
Sounds a bit strange but it works. (dont expect instant results. It may take weeks or months to feel the replication of certain shots. But when you move in and hit a perfect drop shot or jump smash using this process, it is a very good satisfying feeling. And a good confidence booster.)
This more or less relies alot on strengthening your mental game. You may or may not actually look like Lee Chong Wei when playing. But you think you are and in turn give yourself more confidence. And if through this you produce better movement and cleaner shots then it does not matter if your not a perfect Lee Chong Wei.
05-19-2009, 11:53 PM #26
05-20-2009, 01:25 AM #27
Adding to Bradmyster's technique, you could probably watch Lee Chong Wei with your mum, and get her to watch you play "shadow badminton" and see whether your movement 'shadows' Lee Chong Wei's.
05-20-2009, 02:05 AM #28
05-20-2009, 08:52 PM #29
yea the only problem was the wind that would sweep my shuttles onto the roof gutters. but otherwise very very cheap way to practice
05-20-2009, 10:17 PM #30
05-20-2009, 11:01 PM #31
05-21-2009, 05:18 PM #32
From what I've heard, doing heavy weight lifting or bulking up like body builders will actually make your swing slower..
If you really want to get stronger, you should do it during the off season..
Flexibility and Explosive strength/ speed are key in badminton..
you should do very quick repetitions with weights that allow you to do about 25 reps..
This is almost the opposite of traditional strength training with slow movements of 1-10 reps.
I've heard good results regarding using elastic bands vs weights also..
05-21-2009, 06:49 PM #33
05-21-2009, 09:26 PM #34
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