Did you know there’s another way to play tennis beyond singles and doubles? This not-so-new way of playing, and getting a great workout, has been around for more than 10 years now.

It can be enjoyed by any and all level players at the same time.

It’s called Cardio Tennis, and it still continues to be one of the fastest growing, group tennis activities since it started in 2005. Currently, some 2,000 U.S. tennis facilities, 3,000 licensed providers, and more than 30 countries have Cardio Tennis programs available.

According to data from the 2015 Physical Activity Council’s annual U.S. Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Participation report, over 1.6 million Americans and thousands more worldwide participated in Cardio Tennis in 2015 (at least 60 percent more participants since this was first measured in 2008). Also participating are some of the National Governing Bodies of Tennis (NGBs) including Germany (2006), Japan Tennis Association (2006), Lawn Tennis Association (2007), Tennis Australia (2010), and Tennis Canada (2012).

So exactly what is Cardio Tennis?

It’s a fun group activity designed to provide an energized hour of heart-pumping fitness and footwork while hitting a ton of tennis balls. It combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardio-vascular exercise.

During the session, individuals’ pulse readings are taken at regular intervals to monitor the best “in-the-zone” heart rate, and maximum calories burned (typically 300 to 900 calories per session).

Because this program is more about training and getting a great cardiovascular workout than it is about “playing” tennis, individual skill level isn’t an issue. Simply stated, Cardio Tennis is a fun group activity that’s never boring and always offers the ultimate full body, calorie-burning workout.

If you would like more information about Cardio Tennis, email me at lwmarino@hotmail.com.

Lou Marino is a USPTA Cardio and youth tennis coach who lives and teaches in the Bluffton-Hilton Head Island area.