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The Marathon Weekly’s Wellness Series continues this week with a trip over to Sombrero Resort, the home of Wonderlin Tennis and one of the coolest cardio workouts I’ve had in quite some time.

Perhaps cool isn’t the operative word, but I don’t feel like I’ve done worthwhile workout until my shirt is at least a little damp with sweat.

Michael Goheen, Katrina Wiatt and Cindy Bull perfect their forehand volleys during Wednesday morning’s Cardio Tennis session at Sombrero Resort.

Tennis pros Tim Wonderlin and Chris Bull brought Cardio Tennis to Marathon a couple of years ago and as demand for the class grew, they added four classes each week in addition to a healthy offering of tennis tournaments, private lessons and social mixers.

Cardio Tennis at Boatman’s Sombrero Resort, 19 Sombrero Boulevard, (across from the Sombrero Country Club golf course) is available to suit any working persons schedule with classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8 pm and 9-10 am on Wednesday.

Even if you’ve never picked up a tennis racquet in your life, you can really get into this group activity featuring a coordinated set of drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout.

As with any heart-pumping workout, the best way to maximize your session is to keep your feet moving. Wonderlin and Bull are both certified tennis professionals who make certain – save the necessary water breaks for rehydration – that participants rarely have a choice otherwise.

Set to a soundtrack of fast-paced pop music hits atypical of more commonly quiet tennis courts, Cardio Tennis keeps your feet moving and your heart pumping even when you’re not driving balls back across the net.

Katrina Wiatt and Cindy Bull race to put only six balls at time back in the hopper between drills. The whole object of the workout is to keep moving!

Michael Goheen, 11, decided to take tennis lessons with Wonderlin to get in shape for football season.

“He doesn’t play baseball, so we had to find a way for him to stay active through the spring,” said his mom, Angie, who after watching her son during his weekly lessons decided to check out Cardio Tennis for herself.

Cardio Tennis regulars Katie Calvert and Nana Lopez were immediately impressed at how quickly Michael took to the sport.

A word to the wise on Cardio Tennis: Bring your friends! The more participants there are in the class, the more fun [read less exhausting] the class will be.

Seasonal resident Betty Howe recalled a class with only one other participant after which her legs were practically Jell-O.

“Isn’t that like getting double your money’s worth?” Wonderlin quipped.

That’s one of the things with which I’ve been most impressed since beginning this column.

Exercising has repeatedly been scientifically proven to not only improve physical but mental health as well. In a small community like Marathon, there’s usually a wide age range amongst the participants as well as a constant positive enforcement.

I’ve heard so many people say, “Well, I’ve been wanting to try that, but I’m worried I’ll stink at it.”

Who cares if you weren’t the first kid picked to play dodge ball in elementary school P.E.? This isn’t gym class in high school with intimidating bullies or jock coaches who laughed at your athletic inability! These are fun, energetic and encouraging ways to get back in shape and help you stay that way.

Though I wish I loved to run, I’ll just go ahead and admit right now that I hate it. I also don’t have the money to invest in a personal trainer. But when you find a fun exercise class filled with like-minded guys and gals who just want to have a good time, it’s easy to forget you’re working out!

Cardio Tennis requires only a decent tennis racquet – available for purchase in the pro-shop at Wonderlin Tennis as well as at other locations around town – and a positive attitude. Sessions are $10 each and discounts are available if you pay for a group of classes in advance. For more information, visit www.wonderlintennis.com.


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