British number one Jo Konta has a new training regime as she seeks to improve on her world ranking ahead of the Australian Open.
A Melbourne semi-finalist this year, Konta has taken up indoor rock climbing and trampolining as she strives to capitalize on her Most Improved Player award from the WTA Tour this year.
“Pre-season can be a tricky animal with the intensity of the training and how much we are pushing me,” Konta told the Mirror.
“I have cried a couple of times on court, I have been so tired."
“I am not afraid to admit I get to the point where I say: 'I don’t think I can do more.' So when we bring in trampolining or rock climbing it is wonderful," the world number 10 said.
“I am trying to get more coordinated and more in tune, so my fitness trainer [Gill Myburgh] was thinking of creative ways where we could make things fun."
Her workouts also include shoving weights around like a rugby player.
“With the rock climbing, I am fine with heights, but still it is a whole mental process to just let go and fall back. It was definitely an experience. First time I went up, I couldn’t let go. It is not funny. Literally, I could not let go. I was hyper-ventilating, I was sweating, I was like: 'I can’t let go.'"
She said the trampolining was proving a challenge as well.
“With the trampoline, right now I am still just learning to bounce. I have put a video on Instagram — bounce, bounce, fall flat on my face. Nobody pushed me, I didn’t trip, I just fell."