“Fit Friday” instead of Black Friday!

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“Fit Friday” instead of Black Friday!

After all of the turkey, stuffing, sides, desserts and spirits consumed yesterday at the Thanksgiving table, today is the day to burn it all off. Some choose to shop until they drop today with Black Friday sales, while some choose to keep today as “Fit Friday” with some “Work Off the Turkey Cardio Tennis” alongside Boca Grove Tennis Director Richard Centerbar, Fitness Director David Schlueter and Head Tennis Pro Natalia Correa.
 
The hour long tennis cardio session started at 9 am with some warm-ups.
  • The ladies started by side-stepping back and forth down the net while tossing a tennis ball to their partner on the other side.
  • The willing participants then weaved in and out while practicing their forehand and backhand swings to warm up their arms and step exercising to warm up their legs.
Once everyone was warmed up, the real fun began.
  • The first cardio session was hitting 2 shots, one from back court and one from the front of the court, and then running down the side of the court to either weave between small hurdles or do ladder exercises to only return to the other side of the net to do it all over again several times.
  • Next was a session of hitting 2 forehand shots at the back of the court and the exercises down the sides of the court. Repeat a few times more.
  • Then it went to two backhand shots at the back of the court followed by side court exercises. Repeat again.
  • It was then time to work on lob shots. The ladies started in the front of the court and ran to the opposite back corner to hit the lob shot back and then do more exercises down the side before heading back for more several times.
  • Next was cross court shots. Back, middle and front before doing some more fun side court exercises. Changing sides and doing it all over again and again.
  • For the final cardio session, the ladies were targeting with front drop shots to work on their power shots to then run backwards, run the ladders in the back and change sides. Repeat some more.
Cardio done, time for some toning exercises.
  • Half the ladies did medicine ball tennis, while the other half worked their triceps and legs.
Time to cool down.
  • Before it was time to depart, it was time to stretch. Legs, arms and everything in between got stretched so the burn wouldn’t hurt as bad later.
 
Team high-fives, requests for a holiday cardio tennis round and smiling faces made the hour well worth it and the guilt from yesterday’s eating extravaganza made it a little more bearable. 
Posted: 11/27/2015 3:40:38 PM by Heather Dupree
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