The US Open is heating up, and we were lucky enough to grab a couple minutes with the most successful tennis duo of all time: Bob and Mike Bryan. They served up the secrets to dominating with age, and talked about gluten-free diets, how exercise is critical to their game, and more.
Men's Fitness: You were born three minutes apart and have been in sync ever since, but you both have different philosophies when it comes to exercise. How would you describe how each of you gets a workout in?
Being 37-years-old our workouts have evolved a lot since we first started out on tour. For the most part Mike, because he is slightly more injury-prone, has modified his workouts to focus primarily on core, flexibility, and shoulder strength. Mike tends to do a lot of yoga as it checks a lot of boxes for what he’s trying to achieve during his workouts. I, Bob, have been fortunate in that I have managed to, for the most part, stay injury-free throughout my career. My workouts are a little more general run of the mill, full body workouts coupled with intense core and cardio sessions mixed in.
MF: Anything else (in general) that you guys agree-to-disagree on?
Being identical twins there is not much we disagree on. We play the game slightly differently and play different musical instruments. Mike tends to be a little more methodical about things while I like to get creative and enjoy taking pictures, making GoPro training/ travel videos, and generally spending a lot of time off court trying to create things for us as a team and for my family back home.
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MF: How important has it been to have off-court workouts for your tennis careers?
We definitely aren’t spring chickens anymore. There is a lot that hurts after long matches now that didn’t before, and therefore off court workouts have become some of the most important time we spend every day. Our goal is to maximize our potential and the only way to do that is to compete as much as possible, and give ourselves as many chances for success as we can. The more work we do off court the smaller the chances of us getting injured – so our off court workouts are everything.