Most People Have Never Attempted a Jump Rope Workout.
When was the last time you jumped rope? For most people the answer would be back in Elementary School or possibly Junior High. It's actually too bad, because it is a very efficient form of exercise. Most people could easily walk for 15 minutes, but I would bet less than 1 percent of adults could jump rope for 15 minutes straight. Very few people, including boxers, have ever seriously used the jump rope to achieve top condition.
What Muscle Groups are Working While Jumping Rope?
Jumping rope will seriously work every muscle in the body. I'm convinced that it will expose your weak links. After your first jump rope workout, you will be sore in many different parts of your body. Honestly, I think my entire body was sore after my first jump rope workout. I was especially sore in my calf muscles as well as my abs. As a side note I will say that jumping rope will help you in your quest to get super-ripped abs. Your core really gets worked hard since you have to use your abs to stabilize your entire body to help you propel your body through the air.
How Jumping Rope Helps Your Body Release Fat Burning Hormones.
HGH is a natural hormone that your body releases to burn body fat. You have probably seen many ads for pills that will help increase your natural levels of HGH. This was really popular about 5 years ago, but you do not hear too much about HGH anymore. A high level of HGH in your body is the quickest route to burning body fat! Unfortunately, low intensity cardio will not help your body release HGH. The best way to increase HGH is performing high intensity cardio for 30-60 seconds or so, followed by a minute or two of walking or low intensity cardio. This is called High Intensity Interval Training.
What Type of Jump Rope To Purchase?
I recommend getting a "speed rope" … these run around $ 15 at most sporting good stores. They are plastic paths without the beads. You also do not want to buy the weighted routes. Get a jump rope that is adjustable. You are going to want to adjust the rope to an optimum level to jump quickly without hitting your head. If it is too long, you will not be able to jump at a fast rate.
How To Adjust Your Jump Rope to the Correct Height:
- Set your jump rope on the ground
- Stand on the midpoint of the rope (an equal distance between the handles)
- Grab the handles and pull them up to your chest while standing on the rope
- If the top of the handles reach above your collar bone the rope is too long
- If the top of the handles reach your upper abs or lower, the rope is too short
- I like to adjust the rope so the handles hit about 6 inches below