Pickleball Cross Training

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  • Doc Savarese

Cross Training: The purpose of cross-training is to spice up your body fitness, mixing aerobics, strength training and flexibility. Most experts agree that varying your exercise is better for you since it utilizes different muscle groups along with keeping things interesting. Choose your exercise based upon interests and remember that repeating the same exercise makes you more prone for overuse injuries. Cross-training keeps your body guessing which reinforces the continual improvement of your fitness level.

Cross-training is an excellent option for me to address my arthritic body. I include low impact activities, yoga stretches, bike riding and light weights. These activities help me increase flexibility and provide joint support.

Jay Diment (pictured) is an excellent example of an individual who reaps the benefits of cross-training. Born on 6/20/39, he portrays an active life-style while many individuals his age are couch potatoes. He has been active all of his life starting with golf and tennis. He added cycling to his repertoire in the mid 80’s where he met his lovely wife, Melissa. It’s rumored that they were married on a tandem bicycle which they later had to dispose of in order to preserve their marriage.

Pickleball was introduced to Jay by a fellow golfer, Denny Mool, and has been an addiction since then. You can find Jay at the courts daily. If you wish to play a game with him, you must arrive when he does because he limits the number of strokes per outing. Table tennis has been added as a rainy day supplement.

The bottom line is that cross-training is excellent for improving fitness, reducing injuries, and improving certain medical conditions, (ie: high blood pressure, high cholesterol). In conclusion, I recommend my Mother-in-laws advice: “Tighten what’s loose and loosen what’s tight.”

Reminder: Membership renewals ($20.00 per member) are now due for 2019. You can place your payment in the pickleball club folder in the OVA office.

OAKMONT PICKLEBALL PLAY INFORMATION

WHERE: East Rec. Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4.

WHEN: New players (strictly beginners) Introduction to Pickleball and Coached Play (for beginners & novices), Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. These classes are combined during the winter schedule and are taught separately during spring, summer and fall.

ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles.

EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball Courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com

NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Pauly Uhr, richuhr@gmail.com, 707-984-4186, and/or Nancy Lande, Nancy_lande@comcast.net, 707-978-2998

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