For the most part, I just start a stopwatch and go until the time is up. Sometimes I'll push past my preset time if I had a big stretch of misses or am feeling particularly good. But I don't usually stop for more than a second or two on a miss. If I jump much longer than 10 minutes, I'll stop once or twice for 10-15 seconds to grab a hit of water off the nearby table and right back into it. From time to time I'll count my jumps during a session to average out how many jumps per minute I did and compare it to past results. This is probably the ideal way to calculate how hard you worked, but it's tough to do more than a few minutes AND keep count with a non-digital jump rope, so I don't count that often.
Ultimately, a few pauses here and there aren't going to cause your heart rate to drop out of your target range, so it shouldn't much impact the cardio results.
As for starters programs, I just picked up the rope and started and kept at it as long as I could. Which was only a few minutes the first time. And I missed most of the time. But I tried to stretch it out a little longer every session. I'd suggest concentrating on form in the beginning more than duration or number of jumps. When I started I was using WAY too much forearm and not enough wrist which wound up aggravating the muscles between my shoulder blades, believe it or not. Also, don't be afraid to mix up your steps. Alternate between hopping, bunny hopping, skipping, jogging in place, etc. Otherwise your calves will get way too fatigued to keep up a decent streak of jumps if you go for any length of time. It also helps with your everyday coordination.
Jump rope seemed like an odd choice for a 30-something man, until I tried it and it nearly killed me. If it's good enough for Rocky, it's good enough for me. ;)
Good luck and welcome to the group.
Edited by: GODDESS_WORSHIP at: 2/27/2008 (22:24)
Fitness Minutes: (50,909) Posts: 348 2/27/08 8:51 A
Hi all! I'm new to the jumprope (not to SP). I bought a JumpSnap a few months back & haven't used it much. Started the other day & just about DIED!!! My goodness - was it this hard when we were kids?!?! Yikes! Anyways - when you guys count minutes - is it total or consecutive? Any suggestions on a beginners plan? THanks!
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Fitness Minutes: (8,035) Posts: 561 2/22/08 10:14 A
Hi Jumpers, I actually bought a jump rope about 5 months ago but didn't start using it until about 3 weeks ago. I live in Canada and at the moment it is far too cold to take up jogging, and I don't really enjoy it. Jump Rope is something I can do in my basement with the tv on so I really enjoy it. I just stumbled across this group and thought it was perfect for me, so here I am.
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