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28 Mar 2017

2017 Kansas City Table Tennis Spring Open

Kansas City Table Tennis will be holding a 2-Star USATT sanctioned tournament at the Athletic Club of Overland Park! This tournament will be held on April 29th and 30th and will have 12 different event groups. Player’s ratings will be pulled from USATT website on March 25th, if they have one, and this will be used to rate the players for the tournament. All unrated players will be seeded by the tournament committee otherwise. Matches will be played to the 11 points and be the best 3 of 5 games win and semi-final/finals of the Open will be best 4 of 7 games. There will be $2000 in prize money! To sign up today to you can fill out the...
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7 Feb 2017

Handball Basics

Handball is a very difficult sport in which it requires one to move all around the court reaching to hit the ball at different angles. Similar to racquetball, Handball is played on the same court but can be played with a variety of walls depending on the site in which you are playing, although most will be the same as racquetball with four walls. The rules of handball are played just like racquetball with the differences coming in how you hit the ball, the weight and size of the ball, gloves used, etc. Instead of using a racquetball to hit a light mid-sized ball, handball requires you to use the palm of your hand to open hand hit the ball...
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7 Feb 2017

Over-training Your Muscles with Weight Lifting?

Do you do the same weight lifting routines everyday? Do you often wonder if you have been over-training your muscles? When lifting weights you should generally give yourself a day of rest in between each time you lift that area of the body. Your muscles will heal up and you will feel much stronger the next time that you exercise. This also will not make you feel as sore if you space out your lifting and you will have time to do the things that you want to do. Mixing in cardio with your weight lifting throughout the week is a great way to pick up another workout exercise on the days you aren’t lifting weights and gives you the...
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26 Jan 2017

12th Annual Winter Classic Racquetball Tournament

The 12th Annual Winter Classic Racquetball Tournament is back at The Athletic Club of Overland Park. The tournament will begin on Friday, February 17th and run through Sunday, February 19th, beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday and 9:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are always welcome and free of charge, non-members will need to check-in at the front desk before entering the club. Players must check-in 30 minutes prior to their match and referees will be paid $5 per match. There will be a format of 2 matches to 15 points and tiebreaker of 11 points, and all players will be required to wear approved eye wear. There will also be a classic racquet division in which you are...
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25 Jan 2017

Table Tennis Facts

Have you ever thought about trying this fun and very challenging sport? Trademarked in 1901 by J. Jaques & Son, Ltd., this old school parlor game is widely popular all over the world! Originally called ‘whiff-whaff’ and played by the upper class as an after dinner activity, table tennis or ping pong has been around since at least the 1860’s, when British military officers played makeshift versions of this game to pass the time in India. With 222 member associations, it is said that an upwards of roughly 300 million people play this sport worldwide. These numbers vary with players contributing from all different ages, commitment and skill levels. In a recent article published by tabletennis.co.uk and based off of...
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25 Jan 2017

Kickboxing Benefits!

Working kickboxing into your routine can have many great benefits to you and your workout. A few of the many great things kickboxing brings are a cardiovascular workout, hand-eye coordination, footwork, discipline, and a total body workout! I know many people who are getting into boxing, especially kickboxing, as it requires you to use your entire body mentally and physically throughout the workout. A cardio workout can be tough for some to find the motivation to do at times. Kickboxing is a great form of cardio in which it doesn’t require you to run, walk, bike or any of that. Rather it consists of one using their body to continually push them while they are mentally tired building their cardio...
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20 Jan 2017

Competitive Table Tennis

Do you love to play ping pong with your friends but aren’t sure what to do in order to take that next step towards competitive table tennis? This is a very common occurrence among people who start to find a love for table tennis when playing recreational games, and start to want more competition to improve upon their game. What are the next steps to take to get yourself ready for competitive play? One of the major differences between recreational ping pong and table tennis is the fundamentals. When playing recreational games with friends or family often is not too serious and lacks a lot of the basic fundamentals that come with competitive play. Without the correct fundamentals, one can...
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12 Jan 2017

All About Group Fitness Classes

Having trouble staying motivated to make it through your workout? Group fitness classes can benefit you in many ways and I will share a few of those ways with you. Classes in a group setting can give you the comfort to workout with others around your same skill level and who were once in your shoes as well. They are also more inclined to help you out when you need it! You find people in the class who like to do the same classes as you, workout when you do, helps build relationships outside of the club, and also helps you to get new ideas from different people on how to become the healthiest and best that you can be....
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12 Jan 2017

Everyone’s Talking About Pickleball!

Do you like to play table tennis? Or badminton? Have you ever heard of pickleball? Let me tell you a little bit about the background of pickleball. The sport originally came from two men, Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell, who were sitting around with their families and started to play on the badminton court in the backyard of Pritchard’s house but couldn’t come up with enough badminton rackets. So, they began to use table tennis paddles and hitting a whiffle ball over the net, which they eventually lowered to the ground and began bouncing the ball, almost as if it was giant table tennis. Pickleball is a great form of cardio and a fun activity for all ages. The sport...
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