The reality is almost everyone playing pickleball is older than 30 years old. Pickleball is a great way to get movement and get the heart rate up. As the quality of play increases points move fast and you can get a good burn in a 90 minute period. A couple days a week of play and you have a decently active lifestyle. If you want a great burn try singles – a 45 minute session of singles will have you walking and taking breaks between points.
Even with the activity – the fact is as you age if you are not resistance training you are losing muscle. That isn’t great. Slowly but surely you are getting weaker and likely replacing that muscle with fat which balances your weight so you might not notice the overall change.
A way to supplement pickleball can be some pretty easy resistance training with a 10 minute circuit 3 to 5 days a week. Grab yourself a kettlebell and set aside 10 minutes. Get yourself through the following exercises in succession with as many reps as possible while maintaining form.
- Kettlebell swing
- Kettlebell squat
- Kettlebell arm rows
- Push Up
For visuals of these exercises check them out from Mike Carroll at Fit for Golf.
Mike has been taking the golf community by storm by specializing in fitness to enable golfers to have more power, but he posts some free content on his site that provides insight on how to live healthier and get started.
There are many benefits to life to resistance training but we also think you will feel stronger, more fit and it might start to fix some of those general knicks and pains. For me these types of workouts have really helped strengthen my legs and remove some nagging jumper’s knee between sessions.