Getting into jumping rope

I am always searching for new, better and interesting ways to workout.

I love targeting a variety of muscles and pushing myself to achieve bigger goals.

I constantly read the blogs of professional athletes and love trying out their workout methods. Jumping rope is used by most athletes as a full-body exercise and a great way to increase stamina. I started by purchasing a leather jump rope with weighted handles. The rope was too long for me and frequently kinked or knotted. Initially, I wasn’t very good at it. I kept stepping on the rope or whacking myself in the calves. I kept practicing and then found that a lack of endurance was holding me back. I could only jump for approximately twenty seconds before I was out of breath. Eventually, I invested into a jump rope system. The Crossrope system includes a single set of handles that attaches to four ropes. There is a quarter-pound, half-pound, one-pound and two-pound rope that each provide unique challenges and benefits. The system provides a free app on my phone where I can take advantage of guided workouts. These workouts might be strictly jumping or incorporate exercises such as squats, burpees, push-ups, crunches and jumping jacks. The sessions can be anywhere from ten minutes in length to thirty minutes. They are available in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and target endurance, strength or calorie burn. I like that the app tracks my progress and I earn badges for completing workouts. I’ve gotten good at jumping rope and I really enjoy it. I typically jump five or six days per week. Sometimes, I only jump for my warmup. Sometimes, my entire hour-long workout is centered around jumping rope.

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