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Jumping Rope For Fitness Fun!

Remember the summers of your youth, jumping rope on the sidewalk with your friends? Good fun mixed with good exercise that didn't even feel like exercise. I am here to say, it might just be time to put jumping rope back into your fitness routine. It is a major cardio workout with minor costs. Yep, jumping rope will definitely give you bang for your buck.

Here are a few tips from personal trainer to the stars Gunnar Peterson that I just found in his book The Workout.


  • Rope length: Standing in the middle of the rope, the handles should reach just below your shoulders. If not, adjust accordingly by winding around your hands or finding a longer rope.
  • Jump small: There is no need to jump more than 2 inches off the floor. Jumping higher puts more stress on your knees and actually burns fewer calories (talk about a lose/lose situation).
  • Variations: Mix up your jumping pattern to really keep you on your toes! Add jumping side to side in pattern like this will also work your inner and outer thighs:
    • Jump center for 5 passes of the rope

    • Jump to the left keeping your legs together, and then back to center on the next rope pass
    • Stay in the center for a 5 jumps, then jump to the right.

You can purchase The Workout for $12.71 from Amazon.

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