Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Play Pickleball

December 20, 2017

GAMMA Pickleballs in a ball hopper.

Having fun, competing against friendly rivals and burning those calories sounds like a good deal to most people, and a great deal, even, for playing pickleball. But to you bah humbugs out there who refuse to give pickleball a try, you’re right. These are the reasons you definitely should NOT give pickleball a try. Yep, you saw that right.

You Don’t Like to Have Fun

If having fun isn’t something that you enjoy, then we highly suggest you steer clear of pickleball. In fact, just last week we held an Ugly Christmas Sweater Open Play pickleball event at Cool Springs and having fun was on full display. Throughout the sea of ugly Christmas sweaters, you could see players introducing themselves, competition intensifying, and just overall social-butterfly-ness taking place.

That’s what makes the sport so fun – you can start off as complete strangers and by the end of your time on the courts, you’ve left with a handful of new friends and some new pickleball skills!

The fast-paced nature of the play and the camaraderie that happens as a result of this sport is something that draws people in for more, or maybe you don’t like having fun and making new friends…in this case, definitely don’t play pickleball.

You Don’t Like Friendly Competition

Do you like an adrenaline rush? Do you like flexing your competitive muscles but still have fun while doing so? Do you like pushing yourself a little bit more to see what you can do?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you do not want to play pickleball. At GAMMA, one of our favorite things about pickleball is that there’s a wide variety of players who hit the courts. There are the people that play to win every single time they step onto the court and there are also the ones that play for the ability to push themselves and have fun with their friends. Whichever side of the spectrum you’re on, the fact of the matter is that pickleball is a sport that supports and promotes friendly competition. So, if that’s something that doesn’t interest you, avoid pickleball at all costs…seriously.

You Don’t Like to Burn Calories (and Have Fun While Doing So)

If you’d rather mindlessly walk/run on the treadmill than burn calories in a fun and engaging way, don’t play pickleball.

Did you know that you can burn up to 600 calories an hour playing pickleball? That’s because it’s a full-body exercise that engages the muscles in your arms, core and legs to help you burn calories while having fun.

But, if that doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in, by all means, keep the belt of your treadmill in business and keep pushing boring mile after boring mile.

So, to bring this all together, if making friends, partaking in friendly competition and enjoying a fun way to burn calories doesn’t seem like something you’d be interested in, pickleball is NOT the sport for you.

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