I don’t remember jumping rope as a kid. I was a child of the eighties, and I am sure some pink skipping rope is in my memory archives somewhere but at eleven, Lemon Twist, Slip, and Slide, and Zim-Zam were more my speed.

Somewhere along my workout journey, I picked up a jump rope. I believe I started skipping rope because of the incredible return on investment from a strength and cardiovascular standpoint and likely because I thought I might look super cool if I could do it well. Yes, the Rocky movies may have influenced me a little.

There are so many benefits to jumping rope. A jump rope travels well and takes up so little space when used. It is adaptable intensity means that even the most beginner, to the most advanced jumper, can get an excellent workout. I think the only downside is red welts on your thigh if you miscalculate and cranky neighbors on the floor below your apartment.

Here are six simple variations on traditional jumping that you might want try to beef up your skip rope workout.

 

BASIC JUMP

HIGH KNEES

SINGLE KNEE

THE BOXER

BACK AND FORTH

TWO FEET JUMP

 

Want to earmark the one-minute Youtube video of all these jump rope moves together?

Jump rope is one of the best cardio choices you can make. It is a full body workout and blasts your core, unlike other cardio. I encourage you to give it a try.

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I challenge you this week to try jumping rope. Try to do 100 skips daily until you feel you can increase your intensity. Start with the “Two Foot Jump”. It takes some practice but once you get the rhythm of it, you will love jumping rope as part of you workout regimen.

 

 

Here are some links to get you started:

Beginner Rope

Advanced Rope

Crossfit Rope

Light footwear for jumping

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