Loud music, star jumps and team drills - one could be excused for thinking this was a description of an aerobics class.
But, instead it's the sounds of the increasingly popular Cardio Tennis workout program which has been on show at the Australian Open this week.
The blaring music and unique tennis drills have become a popular form of pre-match entertainment on the Melbourne Park showcourts.
Participants performed a series of exciting exercises to top 40 pop hits in an energetic environment giving fans something to cheer about before the professional tennis begins.
This week fans are being given the chance to trial the Cardio Tennis program for themselves at Federation Square in central Melbourne.
Participants of all ages and abilities can take part in a series of Cardio Tennis style activities on mini tennis courts.
Australian Open tickets and beach balls are just some of the prizes on offer for the winners of the daily tennis competitions.
Cardio Tennis takes basic tennis skills and combines them with aerobic exercises to create a high energy work out. It has been described as the tennis equivalent of the popular ‘Zumba’ work out.
The balls used vary in compression and help slow down the pace allowing participants to focus on their aerobic workout.
Sessions typically comprise of a short warm up followed by a 30 to 50 minute cardio tennis segment involving drill and play-based activities.
The program is promoted as a social activity and is largely directed at older people who are new to tennis or have not played in a long time.
Cardio Tennis Australia spokesman Travis Atkinson said the program was a great way for adults to keep fit.
“Cardio Tennis is a fun, social, group tennis-fitness program for people of all fitness levels and abilities. It’s more about getting a great, high-energy workout than pure tennis technique,” Mr Atkinson said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing adults experience tennis for the first time or discover the joys of the sport through Cardio Tennis, which is rolling out.
“An average Cardio Tennis workout runs for 45 to 60 minutes, so it’s a great fitness activity for people who have busy lifestyles and would like to lose weight and get fit."
Mr Atkinson said Cardio Tennis was different to the more traditional tennis lesson.
“What makes Cardio Tennis unique is that participants wear heart rate monitors, exercise to music, use a variety of equipment, including agility ladders and low compression balls,” he said.
“Low-compression balls are a great leveller and help achieve success with participants of differing abilities ... They’re softer, don’t bounce as high, and travel at slower speeds so people have more time to return them ... plus they allows for extended rallies.”