Getting into jumping rope

I am always looking for new types of workouts to burn more calories, tone muscles and improve my fitness level.

I try to change up the types of exercises I do to target all different muscles and get the most benefit from my workout sessions.

By checking out the training sessions of professional athletes, I came across jumping rope. I hadn’t jumped rope since I was a little girl. I bought a leather jump rope with weighted handles and started jumping. At first, I wasn’t very good at it. I kept stepping on the rope and smacking myself in the calves. Despite frequently running and cycling, I lacked the stamina to jump for more than a minute. I kept practicing and quickly noticed improvement. I gained the endurance to jump for long stretches. I became proficient at jumping on one foot, running with the rope, double-unders and crossovers. I now workout with a jump rope app on my phone. The guided workouts can be anywhere from eight to forty minutes long and vary from beginner to advanced levels. Some of the training sessions are strictly jumping while others incorporate crunches, jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups, burpees, squats and more. The app keeps track of the time I’ve devoted, number of sessions and calories I’ve burned. It’s extremely motivational. On the days when I’m feeling a bit sluggish, I use the app. Jumping rope is a full-body workout. It gets my lungs and heart working. It involves strength, balance, stamina and coordination and burns a lot of calories in a very short time.

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