February 1, 2010

Fitness for Pickleball by Barbara Wintroub

Fitness for Pickleball

Hi Pickleballers, let me introduce myself to you. My name is Barbara Wintroub. I'm an avid pickleball player from Santa Monica, CA and also a Pilates Therapist and Personal Fitness Trainer. For years I was a USTA tennis teaching pro. Now pickleball has become my sport of choice.

Fitness is a big part of playing any sport and playing well for a lifetime. To help all of us with some tips on getting and staying fit, I have started a Fitness for Pickleball section on the USAPA website http://usapa.org/news/index.php/fitness/. My intention is to show the importance of the recommended exercises for Pickleball improvement.

Some exercises will stretch, some will strengthen and some will stabilize. As with any fitness program, some will be easier, some will be more difficult. You need to decide what level is correct for your own conditioning. If you have any doubts about the impact of any of the exercises on you personally, please contact a medical professional to see if you should be doing the exercises.

To make these exercises as useful to our USAPA members as possible, I'd love to hear from you with any special needs you may have.

Remember: fitness is a lifetime activity.