Five Fitness Exercises to Improve Your Pickleball Game
By: Jack Foster, Niupipo Athlete
As professional pickleball continues to evolve, new talent continuously flows into the sport thins the skill gap between athletes. New pickleball players joining the professional tour over the past 12-18 months have created depth, exciting rivalries, and an increase in competitiveness among pro tournament brackets. Almost everyone who enters a professional bracket now belongs there; there are very few “free” wins in the early rounds of tournaments anymore. With talent margins becoming razor thin, what can separate professional players from each other and give them an extra advantage? In my opinion, it’s fitness.
The way tournaments are currently structured requires three to four consecutive demanding days that are extremely gruelling on an athlete’s body. Fitness allows a professional to maximize their abilities and compete at a high level despite fatigue. Many of the top professionals have put an increased effort into their fitness regimen, including hiring a coach to help guide them in maximizing their abilities. Personally, I’ve made it a goal to increase my fitness level over the past year and feel it has aided me in keeping up with the new wave of players entering the sport. Here are five of my favorite exercises that I use in my daily fitness routine: