“Cardio Tennis,” the newest evolution of tennis, is a group class that combines traditional tennis with other types endurance-building exercises, such as running around cones or intervals. So what makes Cardio Tennis so great?
Cardio Tennis provides the benefits of a regular tennis workout, such as hitting balls, but adds in additional drills, like footwork exercises to help build endurance. What separates a regular game of tennis from Cardio Tennis is that there is more of a focus on getting the heart rate up and less on form.
The Tennis Industry Association created Cardio Tennis back in 2005, to attract new comers to the sport, the class has now grown to an estimated 1,500 workout programs in 48 states and 25 countries around the globe. The average classes runs anywhere from $8 to $20 per session, depending on the club.
While Cardio Tennis is certainly no replacement for traditional tennis, it’s an efficient way to get a total body workout in a shorter amount of time, compared to sports such as running or other classes that focus on just one part of the body, such as spin class. It is estimated that the average person can burn as much as 600 calories in a 45 minute cardio tennis session. Combined with traditional tennis lessons, cardio tennis can add to not only improving your game but also improving your stamina on the court.