Moving on, what is functional training?
It’s a type of training based on a variety of exercises with different materials adapted to the individual characteristics of each athlete. It’s very important to have mastered concepts of applied anatomy to design these very specific tasks. It’s one of the keys to modern physical preparation, without overlooking other more classical methods. Nothing is a magic bullet.
What are the benefits of functional training and how can we adapt it to padel?
In my humble opinion, the most important benefits lie in it being a very efficient form of coaching, which is adapted to the athlete’s goals and, therefore, is directly related to health standards. This type of training can be adapted to padel and we can even do the exercises on court (with elastic bands, transportable weights, etc.), adapting the strength exercises to padel’s technical movements and immediately transferring from strength to coordination of the movements and shots in this sport.
Whilst we're at it, what is tapering and how is it applied to padel?
It is a planning model centred around how an athlete should arrive at a competition, e.g. after pre-season.
The aim of tapering is to lighten the training load and transform all the accumulated conditional gains - from pre-season, as we said - into an optimal state of fitness at the start of the competition. In padel, we do this at the beginning of the season and, when possible, during breaks like the one in August.
How would you improve a player’s padel level through physical training?
By studying, monitoring, evaluating and planning in line with each player’s individual characteristics and performance needs. Based on this, I make a work plan and re-evaluate it to see if the intended goals are being met.
Can you tell us what, how and when to drink during a padel match?
In normal heat and humidity conditions, water would be enough. If the conditions are more extreme, there are many different isotonic sports drinks on the market to ensure that players avoid muscular problems even if the match is a long one.
Hydration normally happens at changeovers every 2 games and prior to the match. Small quantities and very often.