Fit-Spiration for Summer
by Erinn Steringa for TheKit.ca
published July 25, 2011
rating: (9 Ratings)
Make your workout sizzle with the latest fitness trends
Bikini season is still on, and there’s always time to try something new and get a little bit more fit. Check out two new—and fun!—sports to try: stand-up paddling and cardio tennis.
Unleash your inner surfer girl—no ocean required.
Photo: Chris Emerick
The Expert: Nikki Gregg, Hawaii-based personal trainer, SUP fitness pro and star of the new DVD, Stand Up Paddle Fitness (www.nikkigregg.com)
The Scoop: SUP is one of the fastest-growing watersports—and with good reason: “It’s easy to learn and you can do it anywhere there’s water,” says Gregg. Styles range from flatwater paddling and surfing to SUP yoga and fitness classes, where planks, push-ups, squats and burpees are all done on the board. Famous fans include Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford and Marisa Miller.
The Gear: A paddle, board and PFD are musts, while a surf leash and whistle can also come in handy.
The Payoff: An amazing full-body workout, SUP does wonders for your overall muscle tone, balance and core. The best part? “You don’t even notice the workout because you’re having so much fun.”
Try the Trend
• Paddle Surf Canada
• Paddle Surf Fitness (BC)
• Easy Rider (AB)
• Surf Ontario
Give your time on the court even more oomph.
While your weekly mixed-doubles game may be fun, it’s probably not serving up a 500- to 1,000-calorie burn. Enter Cardio Tennis, a new fitness trend that promises to do just that. Designed for players of all abilities, Cardio Tennis opts for keeping your heart rate high over perfecting your backhand. Fast-paced volleys, agility-ladder drills and even crunches on the sidelines are all part of the mix. “It’s a killer workout,” says Alastair Millar, a certified Cardio Tennis instructor in Toronto. “Once you try it, you’re hooked.”
Try the Trend
• Cardio Tennis
• Tennis Ontario
• Calgary Tennis Club
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