BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – When you think of fitness trends, pickle ball is probably not high on your list, but the decades old sports is starting to trend here in Baton Rouge.
There’s a new fitness trend gaining popularity the Capital City.
“Pickle ball is new to this area. We got the equipment not really knowing what to expect, and now after a year we up to 30 people playing at any one time,” YMCA Meredith Atterbery said.
The sport was created in the 60’s.
“Pickle ball is a smaller version of tennis. You do still have to move side to side and front to back, but it’s not near the area to cover.”
Atterbery said it’s a great workout for all ages.
“This sport is great for youth, we use it in our Kid Fit program, and I’ve got beat my an 80-year-old, so it’s not necessarily about youth and agility. It’s about smarts, it’s about strategy and again having fun.”
There are multiple health benefits.
“As we age, we tend to be more still so we lose that capability to move side to side, that little bit of agility. It’s where the risk for falls goes up, it’s higher as we age, so it’s a great way to practice footwork without being in a gym environment.”
If you want to learn more, the YMCA is hosting a free pickle ball tournament.
“At out Exxon Mobile location on January, 18 we do have a USAPA Ambassador coming out, and he’s going to do a clinic for people to learn the basics of pickle ball.”
Atterbery said she has grown to love the sport and the pickle ball community.
“I love pickle ball, I come from a tennis background. I didn’t play tennis for over 10 years, and randomly picked it up here at the Y and have absolutely fallen in love with it.”
To learn more about the YMCA and pickle ball visit the YMCA’s website.