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What is the Footwork and Mobility Class for Tennis and Pickleball Players?

February 26th, 2024 | 3 min. read

By Jen Azevedo

The Paseo Club has become a hot spot in the Santa Clarita Valley for tennis and pickleball. Players far and wide come for the drop-in play, drills, leagues, and tournaments.

But no matter how much you play, there is always room to get better and more skillful —  not to mention more resilient to sprains and injuries.

If you play either of these court sports you likely know that cross-training and mobility work is essential to strengthen and care for your body. But it is hard to get motivated to make your own training program — it can be rather boring too.

The Paseo Club is a social club with fitness, gym, Pilates, swimming, tennis, and pickleball facilities. We have been supporting members in their health journeys for over twenty years. 

Many Paseo Club members play tennis and pickleball weekly. Unfortunately, more than a few are starting to feel the effects. That is why our fitness instructors designed a small group fitness program just for them.

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about the Paseo Club’s new Footwork and Mobility Class for Tennis and Pickleball Players — what movements you will do, how it will help your game, and why it minimizes your chance of injury.

comp_IMG_0200What areas of the body often get overworked from playing tennis and pickleball?

Tennis and pickleball require fast movements in every direction — these lateral movements are necessary but repetitive and ultimately tough on the joints. Moving forward and leaning at the net (or at the kitchen line) means most players also suffer from tight hamstrings.

The dominant arm experiences repeated stress from serving and hitting groundstrokes. This can cause stress and imbalance. 

Frequent areas that experience overuse strain or injuries  from tennis and pickleball are:

  • Hips
  • Calfs 
  • Knees 
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Hamstrings
  • Achilles heel

crop-compWhy do tennis and pickleball players need to focus on footwork?

Agility is crucial to playing well and playing safely. Moving quickly in any direction around the court is a necessity for being a strong opponent. Players with strong footwork tend to fatigue slower and can be more effective in chasing down harder shots. 

Why do tennis and pickleball players need to focus on mobility?

Tennis and pickleball players often let mobility fall to the back burner because, simply put, it’s boring and time-consuming.

But court sports require quick changes based on your opponents' actions. Regularly practicing mobility exercises leads to significant improvements in your range of motion. This improves your ability to reach and return shots and reduces the risk of injury.  

comp_IMG-8002What types of movements are taught in this class?

There are three primary components of this class. The first is footwork, the second is mobility, and the third is strength work.

Fast footwork drills include: 

  • Side-to-side movement patterns 
  • Front-to-back movement patterns 
  • Quick switches from one foot to the other
  • Hops and jumps to get member’s legs lifted  
  • Single leg work to help with stability and balance

Participants focus on mobility by using resistance bands to work on ankles, shoulders, knees, hips, and more to stretch the muscle and open joints so you can remain loose on the courts.

The band is used for building strength, too. Participants learn to emphasize their core for stability and generating power.

Stretching_cropped_CompressedIMG_9619 - EditedWhat improvements will tennis and pickleball players experience after attending this class?

Members who attend this class can see an overall improvement in multiple areas.

  • Speed and reaction times
  • Bouncing back from a rough dig or get 
  • Agility — allowing players to not have to think about how to move
  • Balance — including issues such as catching their feet and causing falls 

When is Footwork and Mobility Class for Tennis and Pickleball Players, and what does it cost?

Class is offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays at 8 am. Come dressed for athletic work and expect to get sweaty and breathe hard.

An individual class is $25. But if you purchase a class package card, it will bring the cost down to as low as $15 per class. 

If you would like to try out this class, you can register for class today

Stretching_CompressedIMG_9624Final thoughts on Footwork and Mobility Class for Tennis and Pickleball Players

Tennis and pickleball are both fun, athletic, and social sports that many people can enjoy over the decades. But taking care of your body, especially as you get older, is imperative.

The Paseo Club instructors are here to help you achieve health and wellness at every age, regardless of your abilities. Footwork and Mobility Class for Tennis and Pickleball Players class was created to help you enjoy the sport you love longer while feeling great. It is also a great class to attend when it is raining and the courts are unavailable.

If you are not yet a member, schedule a tour of the Paseo Club. You can check out all eight acres of our facilities and learn about our amenities and social activities. 

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Jen Azevedo

Jen Azevedo is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!