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Posts Tagged ‘tennis’

Badminton + Table Tennis + Tennis = Pickleball

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2021

I started teaching at one of the community centers in San Jose in 2012, now I don’t know if Pickleball was there that whole time or exactly when it started, but I know that I had seen it on the schedule the last few years. I thought it was an indoor court sport, like a type of basketball game. I know I used to park in the lot next to a court and assumed that they were playing tennis. I never stopped to look and it didn’t dawn on me until last week.  I still don’t know for certain, but the more I hear about it from one of my students the more I am convinced it was Pickleball. Have you heard about Pickleball?

Well, one of my students has recently started playing it and the more she talks about it the more curious I became. What is Pickleball? Where is it played? Where did it get the name? Just a bunch of questions so I decided to look up some answers. And like I most often do, I decided to share the information with you. Perhaps you will learn something new!

I like the simple description from Wiki “Pickleball is a paddleball sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis.”

There is a USA Pickleball site that has ALL the information.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia online, San Jose Virtual classes, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, Nia Technique, Yin Yoga, stretch classes, online exercise, Zoom classes, virtual yoga, City of San Jose online exercise, live classes via ZoomIt is played with a paddle like ping pong, not a racket like racquetball or tennis, but the size of the paddle is bigger than with ping pong and not the same shape. It is played with a net on a court indoors and outdoors. The court is the size of a badminton court. The ball is plastic and has holes in it. It can be played as couples (with four people) or singles (with two people). Although, my friend said her community has also come up with a three person game. Which makes sense because there is always three people that want to do something in every thing. The one person in a couple may want to play when the other one doesn’t, or one of the couple gets injured. So I love that her community (and maybe other places have done it too) has come up with a way to make is a three person game.

I hear since the court is smaller then other games it is a little bit easier, but not necessarily EASY. It is still a good workout and a game that one gets better at as they practice.

The origin stories of the name are funny and debated. First of all it was invented in 1965 in Bainbridge Island, Washington by three dads that were trying to keep their kids entertained. One naming story is that one of the men had a dog named Pickles that kept stealing the ball, the other is that one of the wives called it a pickle because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats”(1).

My friend said that the rules sound ridiculous. She commented that she joked with the person trying to explain them teasing her that she was making them up . . . so, of course, I looked at the rules on the site. And I must agree they sound very confusing . . . but I understand that most games’ rules sound confusing and they become clear the more you play.

It had been a few years that I had been hearing about it so with my friend’s involvement I just wanted to learn a few things about Pickleball and I then I thought I would share what I learned with you.  It is not even close to being as old as it’s three components (badminton, table tennis, and tennis), but it is gaining in popularity so who knows what will happen in 100 years.

Have you heard of Pickleball? Have you played Pickleball?

(1) USA Pickleball site: “The Other Racket Sports” by Dick (Richard C.) Squires – published in 1978 by McGraw-Hill

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The Right Shoe

Posted by terrepruitt on September 26, 2013

Today after Nia Class a Nia White Belt and I were talking.  We were talking Nia over coffee and a friend from her past happened by.  So she joined us.  She was coming from Jazzercise and so, of course the conversation turned to us sharing some information about Nia with her.  She sounded as if she was willing to try it but also as if she was never going to move away from Jazzercise.  I love that she is moving.  I think it is important that people exercise and one of the ,best ways to ensure that is to find something you like or better yet — love.  I appreciate that there is so much out there for people to participate in.  Of course, I would love for you to come to my Nia class.  I would love for you to love Nia.  I think it is great because it addresses the BMES, but not everyone likes that in their exercise.  In the course of our conversation she said she tried Zumba, but it didn’t work for her that well.  She had already mentioned that she takes it easy on her knee so I felt justified in recommending the correct type of shoe.  I often hear people don’t like Zumba because it hurts their knees and it often has to do with the shoes they are wearing.  In Nia we dance bare foot.  We do not twist on our foot or scoot, we pick our feet up off the ground.  When doing a dance exercise or a fitness class, like Zumba the need for shoes is apparent.  In Zumba there is a lot of twisting, shuffling, and sliding.  You need the right shoe for that.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaExercise sneakers, tennis shoes, cross trainers, and running shoes are not the correct shoe for doing Zumba or any type of dance that requires shoes for that matter.  An exercise sneaker or tennis shoe has what you want in regards to cushion, construction and support.  A cross trainer has even more support in the shoe because with cross training you are moving forward, backward, side to side, and even up and down. So the shoe itself is made to support your foot and keep it secured in the shoe.  And running shoes are great for the cushion.  They cushion your step and help absorb the shock of your foot landing on the earth.  So these types of shoes are great, the “upper”, because they are built for impact and moving in different directions, but it is the sole you do not want to dance on.  These shoes are made for traction.  They are made to stop you from twisting and sliding.  When you are playing tennis, doing cross training, or running you don’t want to be slipping, sliding, and twisting around.  So the soles are made to keep that from happen.  I mean, have you seen some of those soles?  They look like tire treads.  Great for outdoors.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaNow a dance shoe, say a jazz shoe or a ballet slipper is perfect for dance.   Without all of the cushion and support that is an athletic shoe they are usually light and easy to lift and move in.  The bottom of the shoe has material that allows you to slide and glide, spin, turn, and twirl on the dance floor.  Perfect for moving to the music and getting your groove on.  And THAT is the kind of sole you want.  Something you can twist in.  Something you can slide in.  Something that won’t stop you foot dead as you dance across the floor.  But then again, those shoes have the SOLES you want, but not the support.  Since you are doing cross training type of motion (forward, backward, side to side, and even up and down) you want that type of support.  And it would be nice to have some cushion too, huh?

Well, do your knees a favor and do not do Zumba in tennis shoes, cross trainers, and running shoes.  And do your feet a favor and do not do Zumba in a jazz shoe or a ballet slipper.  What you need is a dance sneaker.  Someone, somewhere – I don’t know the origin of them – decided to combine the two.  Brilliant.  Someone added the support, cushion, and comfort of an athletic shoe to a sole that can slide and glide.  Whew!  This is genius.  This will help save your knees and other joints!

I know Zumba has a brand of shoe that has a great dance sole, I don’t know about the cushion and support of the shoe.  I bought Capezios because they don’t have a sole over the arch so they allow for the foot to really move.

Since you are investing in your health and wellness by going to a dance exercise class, please take it a one step further and splurge for those dance sneakers.  They don’t have to cost more than $50.00, and you will be saving yourself so much more in the long run.  You will be allowing your body to move with greater comfort on the dance floor.

What do you think?  Do you think a shoe that allows you to slide a bit is better for dancing?  Doesn’t it make sense to have a dance sneaker?

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