Billiards (pool)

Billiards (pool) Fitness Training

Billiards (pool) Description

Billiards, commonly referred to as pool, is a relaxing, enjoyable activity in which participants use a cue stick to carom balls off of a cue ball and into the pockets on a pool table. Billiards can be played by almost anyone; virtually no fitness requirements are necessary to play a good game of pool. Hand-eye coordination, dexterity, skill, and understanding of angle manipulation are important for advanced play.

Billiards (pool) Risks

  • Scraped hands from splintered stick
  • Blisters on fingers or hand
  • Bruises/contusions from rebounding wild shots (rare)

Billiards (pool) Sport-specific applications

  • Pool and billiard tournaments are held on local, regional, national and international levels

Billiards (pool) Equipment required

  • Pool or billiards table: should be regulation if you are practicing for competition
  • Stick/cue: should be smooth and balanced
  • Balls

Billiards (pool) Applicable substitutions

  • Shuffleboard
  • Fishing
  • Golf (using a power cart)
  • Other low intensity, recreational activities that use the upper body muscles

Billiards (pool) Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • Billiard Congress of America (BCA): 1700 South 1st Ave., Eastdale Plaza, Suite 25A, Iowa City, IA 52240, (319) 3512112



Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 0
  • Flexibility 0
  • Muscular Strength 0
  • Muscular Endurance 0
  • Body Fat Recution 0

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 0
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 0
  • Muscular Endurance 0
  • Coordination/Skill 3

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: triceps, shoulders and forearmsAssistance muscles: biceps, lower back, chest, abdominals and obliques

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.019 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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