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    Jump rope?

    Any one jump rope? Is it effective at weightloss or a waste of time. Recently I just feel like buying a jump rope and doing it. Any input or things you can do with a jump rope for weightloss?

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    double dutch is pretty radical.

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    Jokes aside jumping rope is actually an incredible workout. Try to jump up and down for a few minutes and see if that's not a workout. Now imagine having to swing a rope around timed perfectly with your jumps. Then start working on different types of footwork. There is a reason boxers, even at the highest levels, still jump rope. My advice is get a nice jump rope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylecrispin
    My advice is get a nice jump rope.
    And earplugs for your neighbours downstairs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylecrispin
    Jokes aside jumping rope is actually an incredible workout. Try to jump up and down for a few minutes and see if that's not a workout. Now imagine having to swing a rope around timed perfectly with your jumps. Then start working on different types of footwork. There is a reason boxers, even at the highest levels, still jump rope. My advice is get a nice jump rope.
    Some boxers do jump rope and others less so. I recall Roberto Duran was quite a jumper. He even did squats while jumping. But I also recall Carlos Palomino doing less of it. I don't know about Sugar Ray Leonard.

    My daughter was a rhythmic gymnast and as you know they do the rope routines. These girls can jump rope way better than the boxers. Longer time and faster, but with less tricks like Duran.

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    I swear by my rope.

    I am a martial artist (my other love) and skipping rope becomes ingrained into you from the day you start at a white belt. I wear my HRM ocassionally while I am jumping and its not uncommon to get the HR up to the 170's.

    I am too the point where I can all sorts of footwork when I skip rope, and aside from the pure cardiovascular benefit, its a great way for a boxer or sport karate guy like to me to work on rythmn.

    We used to do workouts built around the rope. Example:

    We'd do two minutes of heay bag work followed by 2 minutes of skipping rope. I still use my rope as a good warmup for running or cycling, especially on race day. Its an all-over workout: you workout your cardiovascular system, your legs, and your arms.

    Skip rope for 2-3 minutes and I guarentee your heart will be thumping and your shoulders will sore. Start mixing in some running in place while skipping, and you get a nice glut and quad workout.

    Tip: Get a speed rope. The cotton ropes arent heavy enough to move the rope with any speed, and the weighted ropes really sting when you whack yourself in the foot with it. If you want the additional workout, go to Walmart and buy a cheap set of ankle weights and do some sets with those on.

    Also, dont focus on being Muhammed Ali with the rope - just work on your basic skip rope technique when you start out. It will take some time to develop one footed stuff and running in place.

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    I used to jump rope all the time. Its great excersize, and a very good calf workout. If you are overweight, you probably wont like it much though. Its a good supplemental fitness practice to me. I stopped jumping rope because I find it boring... my .02.
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    Great cross training for mainting bone density in road cyclists.

    Wont do much to make you faster on the bike, but will make you much better at jumping over a rope.
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    Thanks for all the responses guys. Ill pick up a new jump rope and get going. I used to jump rope a lot so I know Ill like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fivetenfrank
    Tip: Get a speed rope. The cotton ropes arent heavy enough to move the rope with any speed, and the weighted ropes really sting when you whack yourself in the foot with it.

    As stupid as this probably sounds do you have a recomendation for a good jump rope? I did some quick research and who would think there are so many different types of rope.

    Are you recomending a plastic speed rope? Not leather or weighted right?

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    I have a plain old plastic speed rope that I bought for $7. I dont use a leather one and I dont use an ajustable one. You'll rive yourself crazy trying to find a good lenght on the adjustable one.

    I think I bought mine at Target.

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    Try interval training with a rope 1 min on full blast 2 min slow repeat 8 times great conditioning and the epoc is HUGE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmckay
    Try interval training with a rope 1 min on full blast 2 min slow repeat 8 times great conditioning and the epoc is HUGE.

    +1

    I thought I was the only person who did this. I am a HUGE proponent of interval training with a jump rope. Ive been doing it for years and I think it really works. I do mine a little differently but the end result sounds the same. I generally will do 40-60 minutes or rope jumping several times a week, all interval based.

    I also have a heavy rope I jump a lot but it's more of a shoulder/arm workout than much aerobic benefit. Here's a picture of said rope.



    It weighs 6 pounds. When you get that sucker swinging around, it's a hell of a workout and EVERYONE hits theirself in the back of the head with it the first time they use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmckay
    Try interval training with a rope 1 min on full blast 2 min slow repeat 8 times great conditioning and the epoc is HUGE.

    epoc?

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    going to bump this to see if anyone has done the buddy lee off season or in season workout jumping rope for cycling. I just finished his jumprope book and saw his ropes are back in stock on his site. I'm going to get one just to pass the time while working at night in a hospital/medical setting.
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    I haven't done any of his programs, but I have the rope. Jump rope is HUGE for explosive leg power, aerobic conditioning, and as earlier stated, EPOC. All my athletes skip rope constantly.

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    which of his ropes do you use/recommend? I was going to get the aero speed and also the cross trainer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayC
    It weighs 6 pounds. . . . and EVERYONE hits theirself in the back of the head with it the first time they use it.
    As on your bike, wear a helmet at all times!

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