Special Report: Cardio Tennis
Wendy Callery of Andover is a frequent tennis player, but often feels she's not getting enough of a cardio workout. So when she heard about Cardio Tennis, she says, "It sounded like fun, so I signed up."
The Andover tennis player says she's not getting enough of a cardio workout from her doubles matches.
"When you play doubles, it's kinda start and stop, and this was keeping you going all the time
The basic idea of cardio tennis is a high impact workout - it incorporates many of the drills you'd see in a tennis class.
Cardio Tennis instructor Adam Molda explains. "We're trying to take away from people having that boring 30 minute bike ride. We're trying to get them to have fun on the tennis court, while having a workout."
Sue Bohenko, a Cardio Tennis player, gets quite the workout. "You gotta move, move, move. And they make sure you keep moving."
But don't worry if you're not a tennis pro - the program is designed for anyone - in fact, the tennis association is hoping that the program will attract new people to tennis.
Callery says that "It's less about focusing on strokes. It's more about the fitness."
And according to her, it works. "It was a fun way to exercise without noticing that you're straining that you're working so hard."
Cardio tennis is only available at a couple tennis centers in the area right now, but it will be fully rolled out to coincide with the US Open in September.
The cost of Cardio tennis classes varies depending on the club you join, but is comparable to any other aerobics class.
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