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Article published Oct 1, 2005
Cardio Tennis pumps up with aerobics
By Thomas Becnel
Tennis, one of the most traditional of sports, swings back and forth at its own pace. Even in
the most rigorous match, there are pauses between points, breaks between games and
changes between sets.
Michele Krause wants to speed it up.
Michele Krause wants to add music.
Michele Krause wants to aerobicize the sport and attract a new generation of fitness-
Krause, a Punta Gorda tennis pro, crisscrosses the country promoting the Cardio Tennis
program for the Tennis Industry Association. Just this year she's led workshops from
California to Hawaii, Michigan to Indiana, New York to South Carolina.
That traveling pace mimics the rapid-fire energy she brings to aerobic clinics.
"It suits my personality," says Krause, 38. "It's a lot of enthusiasm. It's all about hitting tennis
balls. I always taught my tennis that way."
Rallies at 6 a.m.
At the Punta Gorda Club, owner Ted Murray has always led fast-paced group workouts. He
worked with Krause on different programs. Now she's taking the idea across the country.
"With Cardio Tennis, they're branding it with a name and sharing it with everyone," Murray
says. "To me it was the perfect next step for her, being a fitness fanatic herself, and with her
organization skills and communication skills."
Gian Gunderson, a club player in Punta Gorda, competes in women's doubles leagues. For
more strenuous exercise, she joins a Cardio Tennis class.
"There's a huge difference, as far as the workout goes," says Gunderson, 31. "It definitely
keeps your heart rate up. Plus you get a little skill work."
Cardio classes are also flexible enough to mix players of different levels. This works for
Gunderson and her husband.
"If I were to play a match with him, it wouldn't be a contest," she says. "So