Jul 022014

Jump Rope is a fun way to improve your overall fitness

jump ropeTraining with a jump rope not only blasts a ton of calories but also improves your coordination, agility, endurance and quickness. Not to mention it works your core and your legs too!

When selecting a jump rope, look for a lightweight plastic speed rope. Most ropes are 8 to 10 feet long, a general rule is that a 9 foot rope works for athletics up to 6 feet tall. An easy way to determine your ideal rope length is to stand with 1 foot in the middle of the rope and adjust the length so the handles reach up to your armpits.

Jumping rope can be as challenging as you want to make it. I love this calorie blasting routine because the variety of jumps tone all the muscles in your lower body and you can easily incorporate it into a strength training workout. If you are new to jumping rope start slowly and focus on learning the skill before working on the conditioning, begin with 20 second intervals without tripping or missing a jump then work up to 1 to 2 minutes rounds and finally this Calorie Blasting Jump Rope Routine.

20 single jumps
10 high knee run jumps
10 single jumps
10 butt kick jumps
10 single jumps
10 scissor jumps
20 single jumps

Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy!

Jan 242013
Great Fitness Question! Tips to Select the Appropriate Weight

“How does the weight I’m lifting translate for different equipment and exercises?”  For example barbells, dumbbells and cables?” Hi Richard – Great Question!  Thanks for sending it in!  Next time you workout use these tips to determine your weight! 1.  A good rule of thumb is to double the weight of your dumbbells when switching […]