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7/30/11 10:05 A

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If I can get 8 hours of sleep, I jump lots better and longer than my usual 6 hours or so. Also, jumping early in the morning, before doing any other exercise or anything, helps. If that is possible, I really look forward to skipping rope.

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7/30/11 9:55 A

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Wow, that's great!!! Today, I only managed to do 600x (12 sets of 50s) and that was quite an effort to do in hot day, haha.

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7/30/11 9:41 A

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Today, 76x, then 100x, then 290x, then 1279x consecutive barefoot jumps without a miss!

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7/26/11 9:48 P

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The team's monthly challenges usually you put your jumping goals then update in the forum. Now and then, there will be more specific challenges like this month. Anyhow, join the team's jumping goal to keep track the number of your jumping, it's great to know day by day on how many you have jump! emoticon I've totally give up using mp3 player for jumping, the earphones kept falling down so I now change my loyalty and move to listening (and side-watching, hehe) the tv!

And you're doing great with your jumping, wow!

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7/26/11 8:42 P

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I'm not advanced. I started jumping rope after I joined SP and a bit before I joined this team, in April, 2011. I just jump for duration. With shoes I could jump maximum 100 at a time and a total of 10 minutes. Without shoes, first day 300 something at a time. Second day, 500 something at a time. Third day, 900 something. Fourth day, 1163!! The second and third days, the headphones fell out of my ears and I tripped. Now I wear packing tape over my ears:) It works! I've been watching the team challenges which I look forward to participate in when I'm a better jumper.

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7/26/11 7:59 P

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That's sounds fun, jumping rope and laughter! So, what do you always do for jumping rope?
Whenever I feel bored with the same ol' normal jumping style, I mix up with different ones such as sides-to-sides, forward-backward and whichever that comes up in mind. Coming up, reverse jumping (instead of rope goes front-back, try back-front, hehe)!

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7/26/11 12:23 P

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Shoes can feel so clunky! I've always gone barefoot for pilates and yoga (essential, especially for the balancing postures), now everything with the BOSU and the stability ball as well as weight training. Plus, jumping rope barefoot makes me laugh - a lot!

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7/26/11 11:39 A

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I've been doing all of my exercises with barefoot - jumping rope, elliptical machine, strength training and pilates - because everything is at home so once when I tried to use shoes, I felt I've added more weight and resistance at my feet, haha. The only thing that I use shoes is for running as the shoes help me with my walking and jogging and if the salesgirl is correct, can help to avoid any further feet injuries and abnormal structure.

So, I have no idea that doing barefoot actually can help more, no wonder there are always buzz about barefoot exercises.

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7/26/11 11:30 A

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I had been reading more and more about natural movement and exercise, e.g. one's stride drastically changes when barefoot running or walking. For more than a year have I been pondering this. I usually jump in an empty space at the gym but one day a week. This day, early in the morning, I did not want to wake my neighbor. I took off my shoes, lay down a yoga mat and jumped. It was the best jumping experience I had ever had. I'm hooked now. I also do balance and strength training without shoes. I'm trying to incorporate more and more activities without shoes. All those feet muscles, I believe, finally get to strengthen when shoeless.

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7/26/11 9:15 A

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Well, my main reason is I jump inside my house where we are not allowed to wear footwear - unless for inside usage only but I don't think I want to buy sport shoes just to wear inside the house,hehe.

I love jumping rope but at first, a bit worried that jumping without shoes might hurt more than give benefits. But a little caution here and there (jumping on carpet does help a lot!) and so far, I don't have problem with my legs or the rest of my body :D

What made you want to try barefoot jumping?

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7/26/11 7:59 A

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Of course! Here it's been such a big discovery for me, and you, FATHINSN, it's been the normal way to jump. You're leagues ahead of me! :)

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7/24/11 10:42 A

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I do barefoot jumping (one of the reasons is we can't wear shoes in the house and I always jump inside than outside) and I found that even though jumping on the hard surface makes me jump more and faster, jumping on softer area (more absorbing impact) like carpets makes my legs less aches. I guess you can try to jump on exercise mat as long as you can bear the smacking sound, haha. Make sure you warm up, cool down and stretching properly!

And me, too, it's much easier and less tangled with barefoot jumping compare to with shoes!

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7/18/11 9:23 A

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Thanks for your thoughts. Since I began barefoot jumping and going barefoot in many of my other exercises, my calves have been tighter and sorer than before. I hear this is quite normal when making the transition. I do lots of stretching and hope to incorporate some strengthening work as well. I'm sorry about your ankles. I haven't had that problem. Initially I was worried about the increased impact going shoeless. That hasn't been a problem so far. I can jump longer and more than I can wearing shoes, too!

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7/18/11 2:54 A

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Hi there, I'm glad you are enjoying it. Just be careful, I tries it a couple of weeks ago and after 3 days the pain my ankles were not barable. Aparently the pressure on your ankle is a lot more when jumping barefoot, particularly on wooden floor. I had to quite jump roping for 2 weeks to be back to normal. I don't mean to scare you , but jusy be aware I couldn't walk normally for about a week.
Best of luck ;)

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7/15/11 9:28 A

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Does anyone else skip rope barefoot? I finally took off my shoes this week and it is wonderful. It makes me so happy. I jump on a wood floor. I hear, for pylometric (jumping) type exercise, barefoot is the way to go.

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