If you see Marcy Bruce, you better keep your feet moving.
Bruce, a teaching pro in Pittsburgh, coaches players of all ages and skill levels. Her true passion, though, is Cardio Tennis.
“Cardio energizes people. It energizes me,” says Bruce, the Cardio Tennis Director at Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program. “You can bring any level into it. People who have played top-level tennis and people who are beginning. At the end of the day, Cardio Tennis gets people smiling.”
It also gets people results — not just with their games, but also with their fitness.
Cardio Tennis is a high-energy fitness program that combines the major features of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering a full-body, calorie-burning aerobic workout.
Most women can burn 300 to 500 calories per hour and men burn between 500 to 1,000. It’s also a great way to develop strokes and improve a player’s feel on the court.
Bruce, who has been teaching tennis for more than 20 years at Upper St. Clair, has seen unbelievable fitness results from people who participate in the program.
“I have a student who has done Cardio twice per week for a while now. She came up to me a couple of weeks ago with a photo of her from five years before, and she told me I helped change her life,” Bruce said. “She had lost 50 pounds in the last three to five years, and she credits that to Cardio Tennis.”
One of the leaders in Cardio Tennis across the country, Bruce’s efforts go beyond teaching the sport to students. She’s also looking to help educate instructors at other facilities and organizations, with the hope of growing Cardio and bringing more players into the game.
“Like anything, teaching requires continuing education and change,” she said. “There are some people who claim to run Cardio Tennis, but they really aren’t running it. I’d like to see them learn what it’s all about and begin running it the right way.”