If you have ever taken a lesson from me you may know that I stress pickleball fitness. Not because I really love going to the gym…but because it is critical to my ability to be on the court.
Before I began playing pickleball I had a ton of major injuries. I have had back, knee and shoulder surgery. Because of these things, I need to keep my body as strong as I can. I also need to work hard to avoid injuries on the court, and I want my students to be as injury free as possible. That I why I stress three keys:
I challenge all of you who don’t exercise off the court to spend 5-10 minutes, 3 times a week focusing on exercises that will improve your game. Most should focus on balance and range of motion exercises. This can be done without any equipment!
I have recently added some CrossFit exercise for fun, but I don’t think that is for everyone. I try to challenge myself physically but always gear it towards what will help me on the court. Pickleball fitness not only helps us be stronger and faster when we play but more importantly minimizes further injury.
Art has been playing pickleball since Nov 2017. He enjoys playing this active, low physical impact game of skill and strategy. And finds that it can be played at all levels competitively while being a wonderful way to make new friends.