Homecoming adds physical fitness opportunities


Adult cardio, tennis, Zumba offered

DEARBORN – When people think of the city’s Homecoming Aug. 2 to 4 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill, they envision festival food and beverages that are hard to resist.

But this year, festival-goers can take along their workout gear. The city has enhanced the festival experience to include fitness opportunities to burn off calories and keep festival-goers’ hearts pumping before they indulge in their favorite fare.

New to the festival is the Dearborn Community Tennis Association’s adult cardio tennis sessions from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 3 and 4 at the tennis courts. Participants must supply their own racquets.

Adult cardio tennis is a new phenomenon. It is a unique workout that combines tennis drills along with an aerobic workout routine.

Cardio tennis is said to burn more calories than doubles or singles matches and it beats doing traditional drills to strengthen tennis skills.

Music and a high-energy approach push the boundaries of routine tennis clinics. And even people who aren’t tennis players can take advantage of the intense workout.

The Dearborn Community Tennis Association is a partner organization with the Dearborn Recreation and Parks Department.

Festival-goers also can get their hearts pounding before checking out the rides by joining in on the dancelike moves to the beat of Latin music with the Zumba fitness class from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 at Stage B.

Angela Donnellon, a certified instructor at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, will lead the free one-hour class. Zumba classes are offered at the Ford Center.

Go to www.cityofdearborn.org for more information about Homecoming.