Effective Training | PingSkills | Table Tennis

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. In our lesson on the activation level we talked
to you about how your peak performance is affected by your activation level and we talked
about how in training usually your activation level is a little bit low. Today we’re going to show you ways of increasing
that activation level to get your training to be much more effective. Operating at your peak activation level will
make your training more effective. How do we do it? Here’s some ideas. So firstly, make sure that
you have a focus for your session. What sort of things can you have as your focus? You
might be wanting to improve your forehand topspin in this session so all of your drills
are centred around improving your forehand topspin. As long as at the start of your session
you have that in your mind then all your drills now have a purpose. I’m trying to improve
my forehand topspin. The second thing that we’re going to think
about with our training is to make sure that we have some challenging drills. So we’re
going to set ourselves some drills that will push our boundaries. For example if you can
do a thousand forehands in a row, that’s not going to be overly motivating to just go out
there and play some forehands and try to get them on the table. We’re going to start to
make the drills more challenging by perhaps being a bit more random, varying the positioning
of our forehands, varying the speed, trying to get something that’s going to challenge
our skill level. So don’t make them boring by having it at a very comfortable level for
yourself. So the second point is make the drills challenging. OK. Let’s have a look at the third point.
Now you can have challenging drills but if you’re doing them every day, day in day out
then again your motivation and your activation level is going to start to drop off. So let’s
think about making sure that we vary the drills that we’re doing each session. Again this
will keep us motivated, this will keep us activated, and this will keep that peak performance
starting to rise. The fourth thing is that we want to turn our
drills into some games. So how are we going to make some games out of our drills? We talked
about perhaps doing forehand to forehand and seeing how many forehands you can do with
your partner and we’re going to challenge the table next door to see if we can do more
than they can. That’s a simple little game that you can play. You might also do some
timed drills. So for example let’s do 3 minutes of our footwork drill and in that 3 minutes
we’re going to see how many times we can complete the pattern in our drill. For example if we’re
doing a forehand forehand footwork drill, in our 3 minutes we’re going to see how many
times we can do that forehand forehand and complete it in the 3 minutes. Again you can
set that as a target for yourself so I’m going to try and do 50 patterns in that 3 minutes
or let’s have a competition with the table next door and see how many they can do in
the same 3 minutes. We’re going to have a challenge and see who is better at doing the
drill. So the fourth point is to make some games out of your drills. And then the fifth point is, and this might
sound a little bit strange, but don’t be afraid to have a bet. Now when we talk about having
a bet, we’re not talking about we’re going to put $100 on the table and see who’s going
to win. You can do all sorts of little things and games and bets so you might even have
a token trophy that each session the person that gets the biggest score in a particular
drill takes home the trophy or if Jeff and I are doing a drill and we’re challenging
each other then it might be that if I do more of the drill, as I probably will, then Jeff
has to buy me lunch or he has to cook me lunch. So there’s some ideas on ways that you can
have bets or challenges just so that you make sure that you’re putting something on the
line when you’re doing these otherwise again you might not have that same motivation and
we want to get that activation level up as high as we can in our training session so
that we are replicating our match situation. So our fifth point, put something on the line. So there we have 5 simple ideas for you that
are going to make your training more effective and get your activation level closer to your
match day activation level.

13 thoughts on “Effective Training | PingSkills | Table Tennis

  1. Love the videos, any chance you could do a tutorial on serve variation, as well as tricking your opponent with the serve?

  2. Great tips! Unfortunately I don't get to practice much as my friends just want to play games. So, I'm using your other tip video post on how to train when your partner just want to play games. Thanks for posting!

  3. Alois, you're a member of 'Coburg Table Tennis' right? Well, 'Brunswick' just won the Northern Metropolitan Region… again

  4. How old where you when you started to play tabletennis and how old where you when you started to do it professional/in a club?
    Please answer it, because i am really curious.


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