Only 4 days of rope jumping and already you are up to 20 minutes! Granted, it's 5 minute increments, but still that's really, really great! I suppose some ideas for increasing stamina might be to decrease your recovery time in between the 5 minute increments. There is that Coach Nicole jump rope video where she has us marching in place between various bouts of jumping. It's a 10 minute workout. That could be interesting to do. It's posted with all the exercise videos. I believe she had the marching in place going during the "recovery" times to keep the heart rate up. In interval work, one mixes sprints with recovery. Those recovery times are active times but with a slowed down speed thus decreasing one's heart rate. Maybe it's like your run/walk/jog. I'm just thinking out loud. So I'm thinking there is the idea to increase the jumping time little by little. There is also the idea to decrease the recovery time little by little. Also, in those recovery times, slow down the heart rate by walking or something light. Don't stop moving altogether. Just some ideas. 10 minute jump rope cardio workout video: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _a rticles.asp?id=1056
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