“Welcome to the jungle. We’ve got fun and games.”
– Guns N’ Roses
Axl Rose wails while I run to smash a forehand across the court. I’m at Copper Valley Club’s Cardio Tennis, a fun class that combines tennis drills with a cardio workout.
After a warmup that includes freestyle swimming motions, butt kicks, and shuffling, we begin a series of tennis drills, hitting forehands, backhands, and volleys.
By the time Ozzy shouts, “All aboard…,” we are transitioning to a game called Burglar. We start in a circle with our racquets on the ground. We all run to the center and grab a ball. We can then steal balls from other racquets. The first with three balls on the racquet wins; it’s not so easy because balls keep getting stolen. It’s a drill that helps to develop quick movement while changing directions on the court.
We keep our heart rates up with another drill, the midcourt crusher, in which we make two lines, hit a forehand, and run to the back of the other line.
We cool down with more games, using low compression balls to play a tennis version of volleyball.
Cardio Tennis is a fun workout that flies by and is over before I know it.