If you play pickleball you probably recognize the name Barbara Wintroub. She has been offering advice on strength and conditioning through the USAPA for some time. We spent some time with Barbara while playing pickleball in Palm Desert. We are pleased to report, she has agreed to join the RVPickler’s contributor team.
Pilates & Pickleball
The first thing I noticed about Barbara was her posture. Frankly, I didn’t know a 70-year-old woman could stand so erect. But over dinner, I learned there is a lot more to Barbara than just her posture or pickleball. Sure she has played pickleball at the competitive levels for 9 years, medalling in most of the events she has entered:
- US Open in Naples, FL, gold medal for singles and women’s doubles, silver for mixed doubles
- USAPA Nationals 2015, silver for singles, 2 bronze in women’s and mixed doubles
- Huntsman World Senior Games bronze mixed
- National Senior Games gold for singles
- State Games of America gold for singles, silver women’s and mixed doubles
She also found time to organize a non-competitive intra-club pickleball get together, where clubs play other clubs in Palm Desert and Palm Springs during the winter season. This group has grown to 23 clubs over the past 5 years.
She is also an active aging expert with a degree in Kinesiology and 40 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is:
- A First Tier Pilates instructor certified by the PMA,
- Medical Exercise Specialist certified by AAHFRP,
- Faculty member with ACE, UCLA extension Personal Training Dept., Balanced Body University,
- Authored the book Fighting Gravity;
- Is Educational Director of Retrofit School of Pilates, and
- A frequent speaker with American Bone Health.
Barbara has written a fitness blog for the last six years in the USAPA newsletter and was the first to offer a fitness article in the new Pickleball Magazine. However, she has agreed to share her expertise with RVPicklers on a recurring basis. Each month, she will share one post and video that will improve your fitness and enjoyment of the game. Today…pickleball posture. You may recall that Sarah Ansboury wrote a post recently about this topic, recommending that you stand taller at the line and not bend at the back. If you are finding it difficult to do this, this brief video will give you the exercises you need to stand taller when you hold the line.