Table Tennis Exercise

Table Tennis Discussion

Last updated 3 years ago

Gerard Tran

Gerard Tran Asked 3 years ago

Hello Alois,

Lately, I have been noticing a big issue regarding the free arm when playing table tennis. 

I myself enjoy and play the sport competitively for fitness and for fun. The problem is that I'm not sure if table tennis gives me any physical stimulation for my free arm at all since the dominant arm is obviously being stimulated.

Unfortunately, many people have given me this argument about the physical benefits of table tennis and it makes me sad that the sport is undermined because of all these beliefs.

Hopefully, as a National coach, you can explain to me if this is right or not through past experience :)

Kind regards,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Gerard,

The free arm does get less exercise than your dominant arm.  However, the better players will make sure that they do gym work to stimulate the free arm as well to ensure they have a balanced physique.

We all know how great this sport is... If others don't quite get it, I feel sorry for them.

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Gerard Tran

Gerard Tran Posted 3 years ago

Thanks Alois. I'll start trying to apply this to my fitness training!


D K Posted 3 years ago

Alternatively,Gerard,you can also try to play a different btu similar sport with your other hand.
For example,Petr Korbel,one of the most successful table tennis players in my country's history,plays tennis with his non-dominant arm.

I also occassionally play badminton with my nondominant arm,having even learned to freely switch between hands (though I should not that it is no competitional level by any means :D )

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