Cardio meets tennis to optimize fitness |

Cardio meets tennis to optimize fitness

Submitted by Park City Recreation,

Long known as the place to go to play tennis and improve fitness, the Park City Municipal & Athletic Recreation Center (PC MARC) is now offering programming that cleverly combines the two. New CardioTennis offerings, including one that incorporates TRX, are designed for tennis players of all levels, and even those who don’t play.

"Since the PC MARC is both a tennis and a fitness facility, we thought it would be fun to ramp up our CardioTennis program, which uses tennis as a fitness tool," said Michael O’Keefe, the PC MARC’s Tennis Director. "For those who play tennis regularly, this is a great way to use tennis as a cardio workout, while practicing shots and patterns of play normally used in tennis. For those who do not play tennis or do not play regularly, it is a wonderful way to become better acquainted with the sport in a fun, non-competitive environment or begin playing again after a long absence from the game."

CardioTennis is an efficient way to fit tennis into one’s allotted fitness and wellness time while benefiting from a quality workout. It also provides a way to develop some experience with tennis, as the focus is not on the stroke production, but rather just getting out and hitting the ball with the athletic skills that many Park City residents already have.

"The refinement can come later, but the fun can start almost immediately," O’Keefe said.

Cardio TRX takes it up another level, combining the best elements of CardioTennis with the suspension training aspect of TRX that allows people to lose weight, gain strength and develop leaner muscle.

"It is the ultimate in multi-tasking fitness and tennis practice," O’Keefe said. "TRX Suspension training, developed by a former Naval Special Forces Operator, uses your own body weight to achieve results. Combining that with elements of tennis and CardioTennis offers a unique workout that changes every time and feels more like play than just another visit to the gym."

CardioTennis gives the player another way to experience tennis, by blending practice and play with a fitness element. Those looking for a new way to get fit while having fun or looking to return to tennis in a welcoming environment are invited to give it a try.

Classes are $17 for those who pre-register and $20 day-of. The PC MARC kindly requests a phone call in advance to guarantee a spot. Cardio TRX Tennis sessions are Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cardio Tennis is held Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.


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