NEWLJONES, thank you for your reply again! Yes, I think I'll try lower & slower jumping once my knees are better! I probably literally jumped in too hard and did too much at once (with interruptions from tripping ~ 20 mins total).. My knees still feel like from an 80 year old, geez!.. So much for doing my cardio today!
Val, I jump on a tiled floor. I hang my rope when I'm not using it to help keep it straight. I think when your knees are better, u should jump slow jumps and use these slower jumps to practice making your jumper loweer instead of high, just enough for the rope to make the turn.
Fitness Minutes: (103,433) Posts: 3,133 6/3/08 8:37 A
Ok, first, I think I'm jumping too high... For some reason I seem to trip if I try to only jump ~ 2" above ground. Probably also because the rope (leather) is still a bit 'wiggly' from being packed up, so right in the middle it makes like a little loop all the time and by jumping higher I try to avoid tripping over LOL. Secondly, right now I'm wearing cheap kind of sneaks (20$ from Payless) as my good ones are already in the move/packed.. Third, yes, I'm jumping on concrete, so I guess all 3 points together is the worst combo, huh? That really sucks as right now jumping rope is my only way of doing cardio (other than workout DVDs) and I feel that today, for doing Tae Bo for ex., I'll have to take it easy as even this morning my knees hurt while walking...
I guess I'll have to take it really easy today (rest completely?) and see how it goes tomorrow. Maybe I need to really build up and try to not jump too high?
I dont really know much, I'm no expert. I jump at 30 seconds intervals to avoid that type of strain. Thats about 65 jumps to give u a guild as to the pace. I jump just high enough for the rope to pass under my feet. Hope someone else has a better input to your question.
Fitness Minutes: (103,433) Posts: 3,133 6/2/08 7:33 P
Hey guys, I'm new to jumping rope and while I'm loving it (still trying to get the hang of it with the right rhythm, length of the rope, holding position etc.), I felt that every time I jumped, shortly after my knees really bother me and it's quite painful. It feels as if the tendons on the inside by the knee are swollen? Obviously I must do something terribly wrong? Am I jumping too high, hence putting too much pressure on the knees when landing? I jump rope on the terrace (concrete) in the backyard (the only place to jump here, really).
I'd appreciate any kind of input as I'm really enjoying this new way of doing cardio but obviously, dealing with the pain afterwards sucks! LOL
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