What a racquet!

Clinic

January 13, 2002

Racquetball, invented in Connecticut in 1949, hit its peak in the late 1980s but remains a staple in many athletic clubs, including Columbia, where the Columbia Association maintains courts and competition. Some reasons it's a real workout:

Calories burned range from 640 an hour to 822, various researchers conclude.

An average game, taking 20 minutes, sends a player running about 3,650 feet. That's more than 2 miles, if you play an hour.

You get aerobic and anaerobic exercise while playing, using nearly every muscle group, including sustained, repetitive use of large muscles that increase calorie consumption.

Source: United States Racquetball Association

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