April 2012 -- I would like to introduce the newest member of the Cardio Tennis family, TRX Cardio Tennis - the ultimate ball-striking, calorie-burning workout incorporating strength, muscle endurance, balance and flexibility. In developing this new cutting-edge fitness program we focused on three concepts:
Why TRX Cardio Tennis?
- Staying true to the core of what Cardio Tennis is all about (hitting tons of balls, time spent in the individual's heart rate zone, and high calorie burns)
- Maintaining the health and safety of the participant
- Giving equal balance to Cardio Tennis and activities using the TRX suspension trainer
Cardio Tennis has always been about training in the three different heart rate zones, burning calories and training specifically for tennis (and not about using fitness equipment, or doing push-ups or sit-ups). Having managed the Cardio Tennis program since its inception in 2005, I have been approached by plenty of companies that felt their fitness/tennis product would be a good addition to the Cardio Tennis Program. It wasn't until I was introduced to TRX®
in 2010 that I finally felt I had met the perfect complement to Cardio Tennis. I have always strived to keep Cardio Tennis fresh with different offerings and now with TRX we have the right piece of equipment and education to add strength, power, flexibility, balance and more mobility to the program.
What is TRX suspension training?
The TRX provides unique bodyweight exercise movements with the user's hands or feet supported by a single anchor point while the opposite end of the body is in contact with the ground. Using the TRX, the desired percentage of body weight is loaded onto the targeted body zone and animated as an exercise movement. The TRX's single anchor point attachment provides the ideal mix of support and mobility to train for strength, endurance, balance, coordination, flexibility, power and core stability all at once and across a wide range of resistance levels.
Why did Cardio Tennis partner with TRX?
Cardio Tennis partnered with TRX for many reasons, including the integrity and success of the company; they are a global company and one of the most validated products in the fitness market. The TRX suspension training system has been developed to the highest quality. This innovative piece of equipment weighs less than 2 pounds and can facilitate more than 1,000 exercises. The TRX suspension training system is suitable for all fitness levels and ages, from performance athletes to senior wellness programs. It enables seniors to move freely without fear of falling and is used by physical therapists to rehabilitate patients. What really sets this company apart is its incredible attention to educating the consumers and professionals on how to use the TRX.
I already offer Cardio Tennis, why should I offer TRX Cardio Tennis?
Tennis members and fitness enthusiasts are always looking for something new. Many fitness consumers are TRX enthusiasts and this will attract them to the tennis court, therefore increasing participation and revenue. With TRX Cardio Tennis you can put up to 16 players on one tennis court. Not only does this create incredible energy, but from a financial standpoint and maximizing court time, this is a dream come true for any club manager/owner.
What do I need to do to get started with TRX CT?
First you or your facility must be an Authorized Provider of Cardio Tennis and you must be current with your Cardio Tennis education (completed Cardio Tennis training course since 2009). The next step is to take the TRX Cardio Tennis training course; visit www.cardiotennistraining.com for the current schedule.
How many TRX suspension-training systems do I need?
You'll need a minimum of four and maximum of eight TRX systems. Running simultaneous TRX Cardio courts requires more TRX suspension trainers.
Are there TRX packages?
Packages of four, six and eight will be available for attendees of the TRX Cardio Tennis training course.
Can this be done on outdoor and indoor courts?
Yes, outdoors it is anchored to the tennis fence poles; indoors there are many ways to anchor the TRX suspension trainer with TRX suspension frame, TRX Xmount, and TRX multimount.
How important are participant numbers in a TRX Cardio Tennis class?
This session is designed for seven to 16 players on one court: fewer than seven will not work. In fact, the bigger the number the better the class, which is why 16 participants is ideal from the standpoint of revenue, workout, ease of rotations and games. The lesson plans are designed for small (seven to 10), medium (11-13) and large (14-16) groups.
I am at a fairly small club, how am I going to be successful at getting 16 players on one court?
Whether you work at a big or small facility or have two or 20 Cardio Tennis classes per week, the Cardio Tennis Invitation system will play a key role in filling your classes frequently and to capacity, and it does all the work for you. As an authorized provider you have access to this technology tool on www.cardiotennis.com.
Can I do my own thing or is there a curriculum to follow?
There are set lesson plans, which need to be followed. Just like original Cardio Tennis, there are three segments: dynamic warm-up, cardio and cool down. Unlike original Cardio Tennis there is no room for interpretation. Timing of the rotations is critical to the success of this session as well as length of explanations and demonstrations. Also, each tennis and TRX activity has been carefully selected to ensure a balanced and safe workout.
What is the recommended length of the class?
TRX Cardio Tennis is designed as a 90-minute session. The workout itself is about 75 minutes, and 15 minutes is scheduled at the start to cover the standard Cardio Tennis introductory questions, education on heart rate monitors and basic TRX education.
Can I do a 60-minute TRX CT session?
We do not recommend it, as 60 minutes does not do justice or give balance to Cardio Tennis or TRX.
Can I make money with TRX Cardio Tennis?
Cardio Tennis has proved to be a revenue-generating program and TRX Cardio Tennis will be no exception. Since this is a 90-minute session the price per participant needs to be higher than your 30-minute session. Your demographic market will dictate your fees. In Midlothian, Va., a facility is pricing the sessions at $35 for members and $41 for nonmembers. In Sarasota, Fla., a facility is charging $20 for members and $22 for nonmembers. With 10 players that is $200 per class at the low end and $350 at the high end. With 16 players that's $320-$560 per class. We have a full return-on-investment analysis for your information. Essentially, an average club running one TRX Cardio Tennis clinic per week will have to run a maximum of eight clinics to break even.
For more information visit www.cardiotennis.com, www.cardiotennistraining.com and www.trxtraining.com.