Padel will be your new favorite way to train this summer

Rumor has it on the street that there’s a hot game in town and it’s going to be your new favorite way to workout with friends this summer. If you were eager to follow the pickleball trend last year, rest assured that you will definitely be excited about another energetic racquet sport called ‘Padel’. This popular physical activity brings together the elements of squash and tennis for a fun-filled hobby you’ll be obsessed with. We talked to Ronny Garcia, CPTBlink Fitness, which shares some of the benefits of playing Padel, along with how to warm up so you’re fully prepared to take the field for a match.

The game of Padel was reportedly born thanks to Enrique Corcuera, reports Padel Academy. In 1969, Corcuera wanted to customize his squash court at his Acapulco home to incorporate some aspect of platform tennis. This led to what Corcuera called “Paddle Corcuera”, which is what we know today as Padel.

According to Head, when it comes to Padel, the sport is typically played in doubles on a glass-enclosed court. Compared to a tennis court, a padel court is apparently one-third its size. Padel players use rackets with a perforated and elastic surface, along with a “low compression” tennis ball. The ball can bounce off any glass wall, but it can only hit the ground once before you hit it again on the opposite side. You score points when the ball bounces twice on your opponent’s side of the pitch. The scoring system in Padel is quite similar to how points are earned in tennis. One of the main differences between the two sports is that in Padel you use an underarm serve.

The advantages of Padel.

Padel player taking a shot from the net with his racket
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When you play Padel, it should come as no surprise that you are increasing your level of physical activity. While this sport is a fun time with friends, your body is doing a lot of work! “Playing padel involves running, reflexes and dynamic movements, so you get cardio, agility, endurance and more when you play,” Garcia tells us.

Plus, this racket sport is a great hobby to enjoy all year round. (The fun doesn’t have to stop during the colder months!) You can play Padel indoors and out, so wherever there’s a court, there’s a place waiting for you to get active, no matter the season.

As if Padel couldn’t sound more enticing, it’s an amazing way to make plans with friends and mingle with other like-minded people. “Just like tennis and squash, padel is played with four people total, so it’s also a nice way to meet new people and have a way to exercise while socializing,” says Garcia.

Last but not least, playing Padel will give a major boost to your hand-eye coordination. You must be quick and agile when hitting the ball, which requires accurate hand-eye coordination.

How to warm up for Padel.

If we’ve convinced you to gather your friends and start playing this racquet sport, don’t forget to warm up before hitting the court. First, start with some stretching. “It is important to stretch the whole body, as Padel engages most of the muscles in the body during the course of a match,” explains Garcia. He recommends doing two to three lower-body stretches, along with two to three upper-body stretches.

Make sure your joints are warmed up enough as well. Exercises such as wrist circles, hip rotations and shoulder rotations can be beneficial, as these muscle groups are used when playing Padel. Finally, add some cardio to your warm-up routine. Brisk walking, light jogging and cycling can increase blood flow to make sure you’re ready for the game and your muscles are activated.

Alexa Melardo

Alexa is the Deputy Mind + Body Director of Eat This, Not That!, who oversees the M+B channel and provides readers with interesting fitness, wellness and self-care topics. Read more about Alexa

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