Cardio Tennis is a way of training for Tennis that focuses on improving your cardiovascular fitness. The class is all about being active the whole time and getting a great workout. In a lot of tennis clubs it is a very popular class especially among ladies that want to get a great workout!
The teacher usually does not give any advice on how to hit the ball but instead functions more like a motivator during the class. Check out the following video to get a better idea of what it is all about!
Cardio Tennis Is Great Exercise And Lots Of Fun!
I think Cardiovascular Tennis is a great way for people to get an excellent workout on the tennis court and have a ton of fun at the same time! It is only important to remember what it is good for and what not.
If your primary goal is to improve your fitness and have some fun while at it, then this is the right class for you!
If on the other hand you seriously want to improve your game, then working on your link: tennis technique as well as the other areas of your game will most likely lead to better results.
Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of cardio classes!
- A great workout
- Takes the pressure away from making mistakes
- Lots of fun
- Trains your hand-eye-coordination
- Burns more calories than regular tennis classes
- Great for losing some weight and maintaining overall health
The general idea is that the fun factor makes it a lot easier to continue going with aerobic activity when you are already tired and it certainly works!
Classes usually go for about an hour and consist of a warm-up phase, a cardio exercise phase, and a cool-down phase. The cardio exercise phase takes somewhere between 30 and 50 minutes and it can best be described as non-stop action!
The classes are supposed to be taught by certified cardio tennis teachers. The best cardio tennis classes are taught by highly energetic coaches. Not every coach is well-suited to teach these kinds of classes and I would include myself here.
I am a very analytical coach and if your coach is similar in nature than most likely he is not well-suited to do cardio tennis classes. Of course this is just an observation that I have made over the years and I am sure there are exceptions.
Oftentimes music is used to make the class even more fun. Music can be a great tool to motivate people and get them moving and therefore I think this is a great thing. The only downside is that it can disrupt players on the adjacent courts.
Heart Rate Monitors
Heart Rate Monitors are often used to make sure that students work in their optimal heart rate zone. The basic idea is to work for longer periods of time in your optimal heart rate zone which provides the greatest health benefits.
The optimal heart rate zone is usually 65 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. Your maximum heart rate can roughly be calculated by calculating your age off of the number 220. So if you are 20 years old, then your maximum heart rate is 200 and your target heart rate for your cardio workouts is between 130 and 170. Oftentimes teachers will bring
During the class the coach will put up a lot of stations so that everybody is always active. Oftentimes agility ladders are used where some people can work on their footwork while others are hitting balls.
Transition balls are also used often because that way it is easier to keep the rally going for longer. Generally there will be a mix of hitting balls and doing tennis-related cardiovascular exercises in-between.
The class is all about motivating people to get moving. Check out this video where Luke Jensen gives you a good idea of what cardio Tennis is all about!
Luke Jensen Presents Cardio Tennis
I believe that Cardio Tennis is a great thing for the tennis industry. First and foremost it is a lot of fun even for players who are just beginning with Tennis. Learning Tennis is a difficult task and anything that motivates people and lets them enjoy the learning process is great in my opinion!
So if you want to get a great workout and have some fun on the tennis court go for it and sign up for a class. Just be aware that you will not learn proper tennis technique and become a great player in these classes!