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

Author / Cali Hinzman

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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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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