Molnar’s training camp hell in Liptovsky Jan, Slovakia

Maros Molnar, fitness camp, Liptovsky Jan, Slovakia

Preseason preparations for members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava are in full swing and tennis players were experiencing hard work on training camp in Liptovsky Jan. “From 27th November until 6th December it is a real hell here,” commented head fitness coach of the academy Maros Molnar.

Players are divided into pairs, so they can motivate and help each other progress. Daria Kasatkina, Andrej Martin, Tamara Kupkova, Lenka Stara, Timea Pavlickova, Artem DubrivnyyMaria Novikova are all there in Liptov area working hard. Apart of the academy members, some other names joined them, including Tunisian Ons Jabeur (not a long ago No. 118 in the WTA rankings), Natalia Vajdova, Jozef Kovalik and Hans Podlipnik Castillo from Chile, regular doubles partner of Andrej Martin.

“We start everyday with jogging, warm up and we have three kilometres run. We continue with yoga and breakfast. Players are then divided into two groups; girls and boys have mobility exercises and stretching with physio. Then they continue with special exercises to heat up, either a gym or run outside. We had cross run in the afternoon. They will make around eight kilometres in difficult terrain and snow. We all go together but everyone keeps own tempo. There are limits set for each individual,” describes Maros Molnar.

Every day ends with regeneration, either active (exercises in the water) or passive. “One group of four undertakes physiotherapy, another have massage and we do exercises with the rest in the water. And of course, we rotate them all. Masseur makes sure; their muscles relax and are ready for the next day and further training.”

What is the advantage of the location in Liptovsky Jan? “It is very spacious here. We have a big gym to our disposal. We use cardio machines, 25 metres swimming pool. There is possibility to play billiard and bowling, to have some fun along all the hard work,” added Maros Molnar.

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