Table Tennis - Ping Pong

Table Tennis - Ping Pong Fitness Training

Table Tennis - Ping Pong Description

Table tennis is a fun way to burn off calories while improving coordination and dexterity. The game is similar to tennis, but it is played on a table with small paddles and a small celluloid ball. Two to four players can play at the same time. Table tennis requires skilled shot making and quick reactions.

Table Tennis - Ping Pong Risks

  • Tendinitis of the wrist or elbow from overuse
  • Abrasions, cuts or bruises from banging into table or falling
  • Ankle sprains

Table Tennis - Ping Pong Sport-specific applications

  • National, international and Olympic level competition

Table Tennis - Ping Pong Equipment required

  • Ping-pong table and net
  • Table tennis paddle
  • Shoes and clothing: comfort and foot support are important

Table Tennis - Ping Pong Applicable substitutions

  • Racquet sports
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Fishing

Table Tennis - Ping Pong Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • U.S. Table Tennis Association (USTTA): 1750 East Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909, (719) 578­4583
  • International Table Tennis Federation: 53 London Rd., St. Leonards­On­Sea, East Sussex TN37 6AY, England


Recreational/Cardiorespiratory: Anaerobic

Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 1
  • Flexibility 0
  • Muscular Strength 0
  • Muscular Endurance 1
  • Body Fat Recution 0

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 0
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 0
  • Muscular Endurance 0
  • Coordination/Skill 3

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: forearms, obliques, abdominals, biceps, shoulders, triceps and chestAssistance muscles: calves, upper back (rhomboids, trapezius, latissimus dorsi), quadriceps and hip abductors

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.031 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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