| EP 343 – Kris Borthwick is Making a Racket in Tennis

Author / John

1 hr 34 min listen

The Posh Power Sport

Coach Kris Borthwick’s [@krisborthwick] career has come full circle bringing him back to a sport he played as a youth athlete in the UK. After giving tennis up to focus on rugby, Kris later found himself back on the court with the men’s and women’s teams at Wake Forest University. Now serving as Assistant Director of Sports Performance, Kris is getting his stride at the collegiate level after having also coached at FSU and Northwestern State University. Find out what he’s learned along the way and some noteworthy differences between the UK style of S&C and the good ol’ US. 

Coach Kris Borthwick is finding that tennis is not getting quite the research load that he believes is deserved. While it’s not quite known why tennis’ notoriety as a Power Sport hasn’t been lauded like that of football or rugby, one can only assume it’s because the lack of contact. Make no mistake, it has all of the makings of athleticism. Combining power, speed, strength, agility, conditioning, finesse, AND varying court surfaces, Tennis is filled with explosive Power Athletes. It wasn’t until working with the men’s and women’s teams at Wake Forest that Kris really grew passionate about amassing a research base for training these athletes in the weight room. That’s why he’s determined to alter the traditional “sets/reps” mindset of the S&C coach and bring forth the replication of sport kinematics in the gym. Speaking our language, Kris. Listen NOW!

Empower Your Performance

If you’ve got tennis related research, want to rap about S&C, or take issue with any of Kris’ comments about America, he can be contacted on instagram @KrisBorthwick.


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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