3 Reasons to Start Jumping Rope

The jump rope is small, transportable, and a great cardiovascular workout.  Since my introduction into CrossFit, it had been a long time since I had picked up a rope.  I never considered jumping rope as part of my cardiovascular routine.  I always had access to a stationary bike, stair climber, elliptical or a treadmill.  You know, the usual suspects at the local fitness center.  I would typically warm up using one or a combination of the above to kick start my workout.

I consider myself pretty advanced at jumping rope.  In CrossFit, we do what is called Double Unders.  This is where the rope passes under your feet twice, not the standard single.  Well maybe I am not so advanced as the Double Under has progressed to the Triple Under, which I have attempted once.  Attempting both the double and triple under is a beating, literally.

There are many places where you can purchase a jump rope.  The trick is to determine if you are purchasing a good rope or a bad rope and if it is the right size for you.  The one rope I did purchase before I knew the difference was entirely to long for me.  I had purchased it at a non athletic store and it was on a discount table with many other items.  That should have been my second sign! The website Jump Rope takes a look at the different styles of ropes and what they are best used for.  However, the list leaves off the wire rope, which in my opinion is a lot faster than the coated ones.  The website RX Jump Ropes provides information about the differences in cable jump ropes.  I actually found their YouTube video, if you are one who does not like to read.

Jump Rope Sizing
The second most important thing you should know about jump ropes is selecting the right size for you. Luckily most cable ropes come with a tool that you are able to use to adjust the rope yourself. The non wire ropes might have a sizing chart for you to make the appropriate selection. The video below is an excellent visual of how to size any rope you purchase or size for yourself.

Now that the technical stuff is out of the way, let’s look at some cool ways to jump rope to burn some calories and tone at the same time! Below is a video that offers up 50 Ways to Jump Rope:

Try to work your jump rope skills up to 1/2 hour at different intensity levels to get a really good workout. For example, a 1:1 ratio is jumping rope for 1 minute and rest for 1 minute. Then change the ratio to 1:.30 which is jump for 1 minute and rest for 30 seconds. If the length of time seems to be too easy then increase the time. The best work you can do for your body is to always do something unexpected. Just remember to keep relaxed and it’s all in the wrist. If you would like to try Double Unders, just watch the video below and good luck.

3 Reasons To Start Jumping Rope
1. Upper Body
Improve muscles in your shoulders, arms, wrists, back and chest. If you watched the video’s above, you can see how!

2. Lower Body
Improve calf, hamstring, and thigh muscles.

3. Cardiovascular improvement

Now, what are you waiting for? Get a rope and get moving!

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