Truthfully, I’m sticking to the basics, ‘cause they’re more than enough to get my cardio-on and in just a couple of weeks I’m seeing and feeling the results (both the good and the painful).
If you’ve got an interest in it, and your joints can take it, but your fitness level isn’t up to par enough to be jumping or skipping rope for extended lengths of time, divide it up into sets.
I started back with this old-time fav a couple weeks ago and was doing it sporadically, not regularly due to weather and a couple other factors. Now I’m consistent with it and I’m encouraged with the results.
I started with some of my younger friends, and now we’ve got a friendly competition going on the side, as well as my regular workouts with my rope.
Mine is beaded, but they come in a variety of styles. I prefer the beaded because if I miss, it doesn’t hurt if it smacks my legs and gives the rope enough weight for me to handle it better and control the swing-speed and depth.
Mine is made by Gold’s Gym. It was a Christmas gift from my sister. The grips are soft and spongy. They absorb sweat so there’s no slippage and makes for easy washing.
Also helps if you’re jumping in the rain, which I did, and it was great. I didn't get hot! 😎
I tied knots in it to adjust the length. They can be quickly and easily undone, or more added, if someone else wants to take a turn with my rope and the length needs to be adjusted to accommodate them.
Break it down
I do these workouts in sets.
When I started I could only manage about 8 to 10 successful jumps before I got winded. Now I manage 12 to 20 before I get short of breath.
I stick to sets of 12 sets of 12 jumps as a minimum workout. Takes me about 20 minutes to half an hour, depending on traffic interruptions.
Between sets, I walk around, stretch and sip fluids if I’m thirsty. About the time my heart rate slows down a notch or two, I’m ready for the next set to bump it back up again.
Where to jump
You can jump wherever you’ve got a firm, non-slip surface. Semi-soft surfaces such as dirt work great and help reduce the impact on your joints. Some of my friends prefer to jump in their gravel parking areas.
For now, I’m jumping on the concrete walkway in our front yard. I wear quality jogging sneakers to jump in, which helps keep down the impact.
If you travel, jump ropes take up nearly no space, and you can use it nearly anywhere.
When I started a couple weeks ago, I was jumping on our sidewalk, which has only a slight slope. Slight was enough to cause me some impressive knee and sciatic pain before my sessions ended, and my knees were staying sore.
My sister, Alicia (Nee of On Story Street) suggested I move to the middle of the road our yard abuts with. We live in a small village and there’s very little traffic in comparison to roads in even small towns. I have plenty of time to get 12 jumps in between passersby.
Caution and good sense
If you’ve got DJD (degenerative joint disease) or have trouble with knees and hips that impact aggravates then this is probably an activity/sport you should probably avoid. But, it’s actually possible to do rope “walking” instead of jumping, or even low-impact styles of rope jumping.
I don’t wanna forget to include a tip for beginners. Use a heavy-ish rope.
My beaded rope works great, and for me is heavy enough to maintain pretty good control. It’s sturdy and has held up well even with me scraping it on rough surfaces. Also, it was super-inexpensive--less than $10 USD and worth every cent.
Even if you’re not into roping, I’m pretty sure you’ll still love the vid below. It’s that cool!
Indie Biz Inspiration
I love to shout it out for the indie biz community, and the vid below gives me an opportunity to both awe you with some world class jump roping experts (Nick Woodard and Kaylee Couvillion), but to also introduce you to one of my fav YouTube channels, BeyondSlowMotion.
Hope you'll give it a thumbs up if you like the vid, and consider subscribing to the channel as well.
You can also get further info on the jumpers and BeyondSlowMotion in the vid's description. I follow all three on YouTube and Instagram.
How’s that for some fun inspiration? I’ve seen the vid several times and STILL love to watch it when I’m needing an determination boost.
So, there ya go for the premiere of flashFit. Hope you’ve enjoyed it!
If you’ve got any rope stories of your own, or suggestions on this sport that you'd like to share, leave a comment and thanks for your input ahead of time.
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God bless you, thanks for the read and hope to have you back again next week!
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