Jump roping is an amazing way to keep active, train your body, build muscle, improve cardiovascular health, and increase your conditioning for other sports like wrestling, football, boxing, and MMA. It's a full-body exercise that you can do in the comfort of your own home, and takes nothing more than some practice and any type of jump rope!
Jumping rope has all kinds of documented benefits. It has been proven to:
- Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour
- Tone muscles in every major muscle group
- Improve athleticism by combining agility, coordination, timing, and endurance
- Effectively improve cardio health with nothing more than 15 minute workouts per day
All of these benefits are housed in a portable jump rope that anyone can use! So why not try one today? You have nothing to lose except inches!
Maybe you're worried about your technique, and have never jumped rope before, or haven't done it in a long time. Well, start off simple. Use basic techniques, and after you master that, try other, more advanced moves, until you feel comfortable with those. With jump rope, it's just you and the rope, so never feel pressured to do more than you can do. But when you're ready, try these styles and techniques:
- Basic Jump - Both feet are slightly apart as you jump over the rope at the same time. A great beginner's stance!
- Alternate Foot Jump - Alternate feet jumping off the ground. This helps to effectively double the number of skips per minute you can perform, compared to the basic jump.
- Criss-Cross - Similar to the basic jump, with both feet jumping together, except that while jumping, you swing you left hand under the right part of the body, and the right hand under the left part of the body.
- Double Under - To perform this, the rope must swing under your feet twice before your feet hit the ground. To master this, you must jump higher than during normal jumps.
- Combination Jumps - Combining two or more techniques into a single maneuver.
- Toad - Performing the "criss-cross" technique with your legs intersected at your arms.
- Skier - A side-to-side jump with your feet kept together.
- Bell - A front-to-back jump keeping the feet together.
- Scissors - A jump while putting one foot forward and the other back, then switching back and forth.
- Jumping Jack - A jump while putting the feet apart and then back together.
- Can-Can - A jump with one leg up and bent, followed by a jump with both feet on the ground, followed by a jump kicking the foot out.