Jumping rope is a pretty challenging activity. I've tried doing it for just 5 minutes (going about an 8 on the exertion scale) and that 5 minutes felt like it lasted an eternity. My heart was pounding pretty hard and I was winded by the end.
I thought because I've been jogging for a couple of months that I could do 5 minutes without it being too hard, but jumping rope is tough! You really work for all those calories burned!
I decided to incorporate rope jumping into my cardio routine after that experience. If it's hard then it's definitely worth doing!
8/11/2011 7:15:37 PM
Great article! I went to Wal*Mart last night and got a rope for around $5 in the Sporting Goods section. And then I picked up a kitchen timer (the kind you wind). I had my first 'session' last night in the garage - set the timer for 10 minutes and maybe had enough wind and strength to jump for 5 of those 10 minutes! Mostly I did 35 revolution sets, but I did do one 50 revolution set. Well it's a start anyway! I bet it would have been funny to watch this 54 year old overweight woman doing that!!! It sure is good cardio - my heart was POUNDING after each set! Thanks for the very helpful info!
4/4/2011 2:07:59 AM
Review the Buddy Lee jump rope video for starting. He explains how to start and learn the correct form. It's actually low impact. I have a rebuilt knee and you should really only be jumping about 1-2" off the ground and no concrete surface workouts. Easier on the knees. There is also a really great 10 minute video on Sparkpeople that you should check out also using interval training.
I started using my jump rope about 4 weeks ago, at first I could only do about 8 revolutions without messing up and becoming winded, now I am up to 50-60 at a time. I do it in my barn because I have nice thick rubber stall mats.
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