Jumping Rope – The Best Cardio Exercise That Few Do
I cannot stress enough what a great workout jumping rope is. In my opinion, it is the best exercise you can do – period! The most glamorous? No! The easiest? No? Boring? Can be! The best? Absolutely. Twenty minutes a day, that’s all I ask. Get yourself to twenty minutes a day, two days a week (three would be ideal) and I guarantee weight loss, better Cardio, and the best balance/agility of your life! Have you ever seen a fat boxer? Other than heavyweights no way. I still remember as a kid watching Muhammed Ali jumping rope on TV. He was lighting fast with a rope which no doubt was a huge factor in him being the same in the ring. Jumping rope will help you in any sport, not just boxing. Spend an extra couple of bucks and buy a good leather rope with ball bearings. Now you’ve got your rope, set up your music ( make sure you have upbeat, what you consider ass-kicking music that gets your adrenaline pumping), set the timer for twenty minutes, and when you started jumping, one of two things probably happened – 30 seconds in you were completely out of air or every second or third time the rope hit your feet. I’m sure you then thought to yourself “20 minutes, that friggin guy’s nuts!” chances are you didn’t use “friggin.” Jumping rope’s not so easy! No problem, we’ll build up to twenty minutes using the following format:
- Let’s start by doing two minutes of jumping rope, then a one-minute break. We will do 10 “rounds.”
- Constantly hitting your feet or getting too winded to go two minutes? You need to get into a rhythm with your rope. Make sure you’re jumping on the balls of your feet. The balls should barely be brought off the ground (a couple of inches).
- As soon as you feel like you can’t go on jumping rope, hold the rope in your hands but continue jumping as if you were still jumping rope.
- Mix it up, do one foot three times, then the other three. Run in place. Double jump the rope. All these things help with rhythm building.
As soon as possible, increase your “rounds” of jumping rope to three minutes. Never break for more than a minute. If you follow the above format, you will be surprised how fast you increase your jumping rope time!
Do you jump rope? Got any extra tips, please comment!
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