Billed as the “Million Calorie Burn,” the event that took place on April 20 in Orlando, Fla., put nearly 200 people on 18 courts for hour-long sessions of Cardio Tennis, burning hundreds of thousands of calories and kicking off Play Tennis Month for the month of May.
The free event was designed to track the total number of calories burned in one day by those who played tennis at the USTA National Campus, with the focal point being the three-hour Cardio Tennis window in the middle of the day. Trained Cardio Tennis instructors, led by Cardio Tennis Global Education Director Michele Krause, put participants through their paces on each court.
“This was a fantastic event,” Krause says. “The participants were incredibly enthusiastic, and our Cardio Tennis instructors did an amazing job all around.” In the final analysis, Sports Marketing Surveys USA estimated that 433,000 calories were burned for the day at the National Campus, and Krause says that 18 courts running Cardio Tennis simultaneously is a record.
The Million Calorie Burn was supported by the USTA, USPTA and the TIA, and was also a fundraiser for PHIT America. Tennis Channel produced a short segment on the event. For more on Cardio Tennis, visit CardioTennis.com.