London Lite Monday, 29 June 2009 13 Whats in my fridge? AustrAliAn Pat Cash, 44, won Wimbledon in 1987 and recently played in the BnP Paribas Fortis tennis Classic (fortistennisclassic. com). He lives with his family in west london. I was the first player to have full- time nutrition advice and 25 years later, I still eat very healthily. My house is wheat-free and recently Ive replaced sugar with agave syrup, but it isnt sweet enough for my sweet tooth. were virtually dairy-free, too. Fat is actually good for you -- particularly if youre an athlete. Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil: best things in the world. Coconut oil with the mornings protein shake keeps you going for ages when youre training. I also take a lot of supplements and I swear by amino acids and vitamin C. My guilty food pleasures are crisps, ice cream and rum and Coke. I drink Gosling Rum from Bermuda which is fantastic. nutritionist Fiona Hunter says: These days most top athletes probably employ a nutritionist but 25 years ago Pat was ahead of the game. Although he claims his diet is very healthy, I would question why he needs to exclude wheat and dairy. Theres no scientific evidence that these foods groups are detrimental to health. If Pat ate a more balanced diet he wouldnt have to rely on so many supplements. Although coconut oil is much hyped on the internet and by alternative therapists, the truth is that none of these claims have any scientific credibility. While its fine to include coconut oil in the diet occasionally, the British Nutrition Foundation warns that it is high in saturated fat which will increase the risk of raised cholesterol levels, which in turn will increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. of discipline for fast results and double the fun stimulate our heart-rates. The second drill -- Champs and Challengers -- was a bit more complicated. You and a partner stand at one end of the court, with another pair at the other end, just like a game of doubles. The instruc- tor hits the ball into the court, you bat it across the net and a rally begins. If you win the point you run to the other end, replacing the previ- ous champs (not a side of the court I got over-familiar with). You have five seconds before the instructor hits the ball to you again. This often resulted in me desperately chasing after a ball from the wrong end of the court -- and if you miss the shot, you stay on the side you are already on, joining the queue of other players behind the baseline, jogging on the spot until its your go. The third and last drill -- Switch -- is essentially a game of speeded-up doubles, only once youve hit the ball you swap sides with your partner -- if you are on the forehand side, for example, you move to the backhand side. As before, if you win the point you have five sec- onds to leg it to the other end of the court, and if you lose you join the short queue on your existing side. Our instructor, Ronnie, was a gentle giant, offering praise for good volleys and some amusingly competitive jibes for missed shots. More than once he had to remind me I was here to destroy the competi- tion, not enjoy myself. Its not a coffee morning! he shouted. Were here to do some damage! Aceresults DAMAge I didnt really do, but I did get surprisingly into it. Cardio tennis is like playing a game at warp speed -- you really dont have time to think or plan your shot, youre just running around the court like a mad person, trying to get to balls that are tantalis- ingly out of reach. You really dont have to be good at tennis to play -- my class consisted of complete beginners as well as die-hard pros whose slices I could rarely return. everyone was very friendly and the hour soon whizzed by. In fact, when the balls were being gathered and Ronnie was collecting the money -- it costs 6 for members -- I assumed it was half-time, until I was told the full 60 minutes were up. And I know I burned lots of calories -- about 580 apparently. Not bad for an hour on the court. So, if youre bored with your usual exercise class, try combining several sports in one go. Cardio tennis is far more interesting than plain old aero- bics, and your forehand will thank you for it, too. For more information on the cardio tennis classes at David Lloyd see davidlloyd.co.uk; 020 8543 8020 ladders hoops sKippinG Between tennis rallies, Jessie skipped for 30 seconds, increasing heart rate Skipping was followed by jumping high in the air then landing in hoops Ladders next, before heading back to the court for more warp speed rallies tennisrelaY Forehand fun: Jessie doing cardio tennis drills index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html