Cindy "Rodeo" Steedle (center, right) poses at the Clayton County Tennis Center with tennis instructors, Robert Green (from left), Thomas Law, and Yusef Crowe. Starting Monday, Steedle, a personal trainer and VH1 reality television star, will offer a circuit-training course for tennis players.
By Joel Hall
The Clayton County Tennis Center at International Park is borrowing some star power in order to get local tennis players into shape.
Starting Monday, Cindy "Rodeo" Steedle -- a personal trainer and a featured star on VH1 reality television shows "Rock of Love," "Charm School," and "I Love Money" -- will host "Celebrity Boot Camp," in partnership with the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department.
Widely known for her familiar cowboy hat, Steedle will help local tennis players and other athletes improve their strength, speed, and agility, through four-week-long circuit training courses.
Nikki Cauthen, senior office assistant at the Clayton County Tennis Center, said the partnership marks the first time the Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with a celebrity to offer a class. She said the courses will be offered for $150 per four-week session, per person.
"She [Steedle] is a personal trainer, so she is certified to teach fitness and boot camps like this," Cauthen said. "It's open to the general public, but she also incorporates exercises that would enhance the play of tennis athletes. There are four different times [participants will be able to take the class] and they are only 30-minute sessions. They are able to come to sessions two times a week.
"We were just looking for something different to offer the tennis players, something that other facilities weren't offering," Cauthen added. "She [Steedle] had just stopped by and visited the facility and told us she was interested. I think it's a great idea. It's out of the ordinary. This lets the public know that we are here, and that we provide a number of programs for children and adults."
Steedle, a Georgia native who recently moved to Clayton County, said she is also a recreational tennis player. She said the Celebrity Boot Camp fits into her personal mission to promote health and wellness.
"Four or five years ago, I was 75 to 80 pounds overweight, and I was tired of the way I looked," Steedle said. "That's why I got into personal training. It's helping people have strength and knowing how to inspire themselves. I just play tennis for fun. The gentleman who manages me ... he encouraged me to go over there [to the Clayton County Tennis Center], because they didn't have anybody to train their tennis players. They need the speed, the strength, the shoulder work, and the forearm work ... and it all just fell into place."
Steedle said she will lead participants in exercises beneficial for tennis players, such as side lateral raises, push-ups, sprints, "mountain climbers," and "burpies" (squat thrusts). She said she will also instruct participants on healthy-eating habits.
"I'm hard core, I'm tough, and I get results for people who listen to me, but I'll also have intermediate and beginner levels," she said. "I'm hoping that they'll stay with me. People look at me as inspiring and they say I can light up a room, and I want to do that for Clayton County."
To register for the class, call (678) 479-5016. For more information, visit www.crodeo.net.