If you are new to racquetball and would like some pointers, let the front desk know. We will be scheduling introductory sessions and instructions. Or, just watch some games through the glass observation wall in court 31. Among our members are very talented players and are passionate about their sport and helping it grow. Don't hesitate to ask them questions or pointers!
According to the U.S. Racquetball Association...
Racquetball is the second fastest growing traditional sport, increasing 11.6% since 2000. Its one of only four sports to show an increase in participation. Only tennis has increased more than racquetball. Soccer and basketball are a distant third and fourth.
There are about 5million racquetball players in the United States. Racquetball has fewer injuries than tennis and burns up to 382 calories in 30 minutes (for a 160 lb male).
The sport offers both aerobic and anaerobic benefits, with both sustained high-level hear reat activity and quick bursts of energy required during play.
Racquetball works nearly every muscle group,including sustained, repetitive use of large muscles that increase caloric burn and reduce fat percentage.
Players work at a constant heart rate of 75-85% of their maximum for the duration of a typical game.
An average game will take 20 minutes, during which a player will run a distance of 3,650 feet--that's over 2 miles in one hour.
To learn more and read this month's racquetball newsletter, visit usaraquetball.com.