All you need to do to access the IPN history in your PayPal account is to login to the account and then click this link.
Here’s what I try to achieve week after week as I strive to become a level 5 padel player.
- 2x with a padel coach on court (I rotate between 3/4 coaches)
- 3x personal training (30 min per session, plus 30 min on my own after)
- 1x yoga (for flexibility and all around strength)
- 2x agility sessions (30 min each using skipping rope, cones and agility ladder)
- 1x psychologist
- 4 hours of reading sports psychology books
Competition and Matches
- 2x friendly matches
- 1x competition (once or twice a month)
Recovery and Growth Aids
- 1x deep tissue massage
- 2x sauna sessions for 20 minutes each (here’s why)
- 4x EMS sessions
I’ll come back to this post to expand on some points, but for now I just want to put it out there for feedback and for its potential usefulness to other serious amateur padel players.
Here are a few videos of exercises you can try to improve your reaction times in padel. This is a crucial aspect of your game so it is important that you train it.
I recently invested in a TENS/EMS machine, mostly to aid in my recovery between padel and physical training sessions.
I’ve used such machines during physiotherapy sessions before, but until recently I assumed that they belong in the physio room and that as an athlete I couldn’t get one to use in the comfort of my own home. Turns out it need not be that expensive, nor is it complex to use.
First, let’s talk about how these devices work.
Electrical muscle stimulation is exactly what it sounds like: using an electrical current to stimulate your muscles. This can be done because your muscles naturally contract in response to electrical signals sent by your brain, and TENS/EMS machines replicate these impulses, causing muscles to contract on command.
TENS is the most universally known modality of electrical stimulation. Used widely for pain relief, TENS sends a series of electrical pulses across the skin and along nerve strands. These electrical pulses “distract” the brain from the pain signal, according to the Gate Control Theory. The Gate Control Theory of Pain says that non-painful stimulus or input closes the “gates” to the Central Nervous System, preventing it from feeling any pain. TENS also stimulates an endorphin release, which likewise mitigates pain.
One interesting way of saving money on conversion fees when withdrawing money from your PayPal account, is to link up a virtual card or virtual bank account.
Let’s say your PayPal account is in Euro, but you also have several other currencies such as GBP and USD. With Revolut and Transferwise you can open accounts in these currencies too. Therefore when you want to withdraw GBP from PayPal, you would withdraw to your Revolut/Transferwise GBP account, thus no conversion would take place.
This has already been tried and tested by several users, and I managed to link up my Revolut card without any problem myself.
However, this is not to say that PayPal approve of the practice 100%. Here’s what they said when I asked them about it:
If the system allows you to add this bank, you can use it, but also PayPal does not take responsibility in case of missing funds during withdrawals, as we cannot communicate with virtual banks in order to locate missing transactions etc.
We usually do not advise merchants to add Virtual Banks/ Cards, but technically you can if you wish.
I also asked them if they would be able to help in adding the virtual bank accounts, since not every version of the PayPal interface (depending on your country) will let you add these accounts. Here’s what they told me:
we cannot manually add any virtual bank accounts/ cards to the PayPal accounts. This is due to the risks that are associated with them, therefore if you are able to add it yourself you can, but we cannot add them on your behalf as this function is not available to us.
So the bottom line seems to be that if you’re using PayPal for personal use and are ready to take a minimal risk, you’re allowed to withdraw money from (or send money to) your PayPal account from a virtual bank account like the ones provided by Revolut an Transferwise.
As always, I welcome the sharing of experiences on this matter, just leave a comment below.