6 Reasons Your Child Should Play Tennis

Boy with tennis racket

Tennis benefits not just the physical but also the psyche. In an article titled, “Why Play Tennis?” by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional, Dr. Groppel discusses 34 reasons to play tennis. Elite Sports Clubs has highlighted 6 reasons for your children to play tennis. Read the entire article [pdf].

  1. General body coordination.
    Players have to move into position and then adjust the upper body to hit the ball successfully.
  2. Develop social skills.
    Interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides on the court and after play.
  3. Cross-training.
    Tennis is a physically demanding sport that’s fun for athletes who specialize in other sports.
  4. Plan and implement strategies.
    Players naturally learn how to anticipate the opponent’s moves and plan counter moves.
  5. Gross motor control.
    Movement and ball-striking skills that require control of the body’s large muscle groups.
  6. Bone strength and density.
    Tennis strengthens bones of young players and helps prevent osteoporosis in older ones.

Learn more about tennis at Elite Sports Clubs for you or your child. Elite offers lessons for youth players of all ages and skill levels. Register for youth tennis lessons at Elite Sports Clubs.

What do you think has been the best benefit of your child playing tennis? What does your child think is the best part of playing tennis? Tell us in the comments!

Aquatic Exercise: Not Just For “Grandmas” Anymore!

By Jessica Heller, Aquatics Director, Elite Sports Club-Mequon

Aquatic exercises are safe, effective, and fun for all ages and athletic abilities. Water fitness programming has progressed and diversified over the past several years, seeing an increase in participation worldwide.

Elite River Glen Outdoor Pool

The benefits of aquatic exercise include:

  • Buoyancy: In the water there is less impact to the joints than on land.
  • 360 degrees of resistance: Muscles must work against resistance to become stronger and more toned. Because of its viscosity, water provides more resistance than air, and in all directions of movement. This helps to provide a more balanced workout as opposing muscles are involved in every movement, unlike on land where you typically need to select more exercises to work all the muscles.

  • Decreased heart rate: Typically, aquatic exercisers experience lower heart rates with the same oxygen consumption as exercising on land. It also allows a more efficient venous return from the extremities to the heart, and improves the exchange of oxygen with waste products in the blood.
  • Calorie burning comparable to land exercise: On land, weight bearing is a primary factor for increasing calorie consumption, but with aquatic exercise, using the water’s resistance is more of a factor. Studies estimate that around 400-500 calories are burned in a one hour aquatic exercise session. This is comparable to running or walking at 10-11 minutes per mile.

A significant part of the workout intensity is up to the individual, by varying speed, position in the water, hand positions, and by using a variety of equipment designed specifically for the water. The type of program the participant selects is also very important. Most facilities offer a variety of options for water exercise participants, just as they do for land-based group exercise. There are aquatic programs that feature kickboxing, sport specific training, intervals, and circuits. Some classes are designed for pregnant women, participants with arthritis, youth, or those with special needs. If you prefer a more individual approach, consider aquatic personal training to more specifically target your goals and needs. Get wet, and find out what aquatic exercise can do for you!

Check out our aquatics group exercise class calendar for a listing of available water aerobics classes. We also offer Aqua Logix personal training, as well as Aqua Endurance training, among many other options personalized to you and your needs!

Do you frequent the pool? What’s your preferred activity: swimming laps, classes, strength/resistance training, lounging, something else? Tell us in the comments!

6 Fun Body Facts

Here are a few facts about your body. How many do you know?
Human Brain Illustration

  1. How heavy is the average human head?
  2. How much blood does the normal human body contain?
  3. About what percent of our blood is made up of water?
  4. On average, how many muscles do we have in our body?
  5. How many pairs of ribs does an average human have?
  6. How much does the average human heart weigh?

The answers are below, but no cheating! These are great pieces of trivia for friends and family alike!

 

Answers:

  1. About 8lbs
  2. About 5L
  3. 92%
  4. 600
  5. 12
  6. 10oz

Our educated and certified trainers and instructors are full of these fun tidbits of knowledge. Not to mention all the other useful facts they constantly use to help you modify your workouts or diet to fit your needs and goals. Stop into one of our fitness centers to meet our trainers & get started with a fitness assessment today!

Member Stories: Maria Pascente, “I am in control!”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

Losing weight, ugh! For those of us who struggle with this, those two words are highly offensive curses. I am Maria Pascente and I have struggled with obesity my entire life.

It started in about second grade when I had to get the “girls plus” first communion dress and it has been “plus size” ever since. While I have lost hundreds of pounds in my life I have always managed to find them again. Joining West Brookfield Elite in 2007 was my first step in the right direction. I have had my fits and starts with exercise since joining the club but have always been encouraged by the staff to keep working at it.

After a series of rather stressful events in my life, I got back to the gym with a passion in December of 2010 and that started my road to success. I began with H20 Blast three times a week at Brookfield Elite and added from there as I became more fit. After losing close to 50 lbs with exercise and some food modifications, I found myself at a plateau that I could not seem to overcome. I was becoming discouraged and knew I needed to get some extra help.

I decided to turn to the club and through some inquiry I hooked up with Rita Larsen, RD. After meeting with her one-on-one for a while I started to see some success. Her practice style of what I will call “tough love with a smile” is what I needed. You see, what you put in your body is your choice, every carrot stick or cookie is 100% under my control. When you have struggled to control your weight your whole life, recognizing that you alone actually have the power to control it is a monumental task.

In January of this year I was a charter member in Rita’s “Lose It Now” program. I needed to really challenge myself and shake things up to a level that I had not achieved in many years. I lost 30 lbs in 13 weeks. I feel so much better about myself, I have more energy and I think I am finally learning how to maintain weight loss and keep it off for good. So, overall this program was successful for me and working with Rita works.

Last summer and fall I had another period of stressful events and I am happy to report that I was able to maintain my weight loss through it this time. I kept my 4-5 times a week workout schedule of Body Pump, Cardio and Pilates going as best I could, which is key. My ability to choose wisely and remember that I am in control, helped me succeed when in the past I would have gained it all back by now. My goal is to lose 50 more pounds and I intend to do it with Rita and Elite in 2013.

We are so proud of Maria! She is so positive about her weight loss journey and can truly be an example for us all! Submit your own “Elite” story! Or tweet us your workout wins (and woes) @MyEliteStory!

Do you feel like you are “in control” of your weight? It’s a tough question, but can be telling of your situation and motivation. Tell us about a time you felt in (or out of) control in the comments.

Elite in the Community: Music Festival & 5K Trail Run

Last weekend Elite Sports Clubs once again had the opportunity to sponsor and participate in the Gathering on the Green music & performing arts festival and Run on the Green 5k Trail Run/Walk & Youth Fun Run in Mequon.

On Friday night we hosted a booth before the ABBA tribute show and demoed some of the exercises we can now offer using the new outdoor boot camp facility at Elite Sports Club-Mequon.

On Saturday morning we helped put on another successful year of Run on the Green, featuring a new double loop route through Rotary Park. Runners experienced paved, grass, and gravel trails; along with musical performing acts from K-Nation along the way. Not to mention the Jimmy Luv’s bloody marys post-race!

To wrap things up on Saturday evening before the final orchestra show featuring the great grandchildren of the Von Trapps, plus musical fireworks; we set up a QuickStart 10 & Under Tennis court in the children’s area for kids to play and learn about tennis.

All in all, it was another successful year. The weather was great, we met a lot of fun people, and got to show of all the cool stuff happening at Elite. We are really enjoying getting out into our communities this summer!