Turbo-Charged Tennis

Try this souped up tennis work out to rev up your metabolism.

By Patricia Curtis from Reader's Digest | July 2006

Tennis is a terrific workout: You can burn major calories sprinting to return a killer shot, and tone your arms while volleying and serving. But if you want more intense exercise, try cardio tennis.

Never picked up a racket? No problem. This is a fast-paced, action-packed workout, and it doesn’t matter if you get the ball over the net. What does: getting your heart rate up by doing sprints and drills with 6 to 10 other players per court. Some clubs even pipe in funky music to keep you going. Most classes run 60 minutes. Why try it? You’ll burn 300 to 600 calories an hour, learn skills to improve your game and, oh yeah, you’ll have a great time! You can try cardio tennis indoors or out, at one of more than 1,000 tennis centers across the country; classes are about $10 each. Find a location near you at cardiotennis.com.