Ping Pong Weight Loss?

Can one hour of ping pong really burn 400 calories? This is certainly the case for the serious players.  According to an article in Refinery29 (thanks Kate K!), ping pong is the latest way to be active without the bore.  Next Jump Balls of Fury is on par with the new “brawl” at Blink Pong, which is a tournament hosted by a NoHo fitness club.  How can you turn up the volume during your game?

Ping Pong Burns… How much?

According to calorie count and my-calorie-counter, ping pong burns 250-272 calories per hour–but it is possible to burn upwards of 400 calories.  Professional players, such as those to the left, can burn anywhere from 400-600 calories per hour since they are moving and sprinting around the end of the table continuously.

Turn Up the Heat

Rally back and forth for 20 minutes and burn 50 calories.  Play a hard game and break a sweat for 20 minutes–you can burn almost twice that amount.  Hard serves and spikes take practice and require good arm strength, too.

Playing a Game

If you aren’t sure about the rules, here are some ways to get your buddies into the mix and start up some competition:

Round Robin Singles Match

  • 4 players participate in each match
  • Each player plays one game against each participant
  • Please referee your own games, disputes are settled by replaying the point
  • 5 serves each before switching the server
  • The first to reach 21, win by 2, wins the game
  • 1 Match Point is awarded for each game won
  • The person(s) with the highest match points at the end of the Match wins

Round Robin Doubles Match

  • 8 players participate in each match OR (4) people by having people switch partners for each game
  • Each team plays one game against each team
  • Please referee your own games, disputes are settled by replaying the point
  • Serving: same as singles but the ball must bounce only on the right half portion of the table for both the server and the receiver
  • The receiver returns it, then the server’s partner must hit it next followed by the receiver’s partner and so on.
  • Each team should play 3 games until 11
  • 1 Match Point is awarded for each game won
  • The team with the highest match points at the end of the Match wins
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Dan on July 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    When I play Brian Manning, I usually burn very few calories. Anyone else though, and it’s a good work out.

    Reply

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