One of my favorite types of workouts is jumping rope.
I got really interested in it a few years ago, after reading a fitness blog.
The article explained the many benefits of this full-body workout. Jumping rope burns a tremendous amount of calories in a very short time. It targets a wide range of muscles, gets the heart pumping and forces the lungs to work at capacity. Jumping rope is a great way to build stamina and coordination. I started out with a leather rope with weighted handles. This type of rope frequently tangled, knotted and frayed. I wore out three of them before switching to a jump rope system called Crossrope. I now have a single set of handles that attach to weighted ropes. The ropes are made of some type of synthetic material that prevents knotting, kinking or fraying. The metal clasps on the end are easy to attach to the handles and allow a smooth rotation. The ropes are available in four different weights, including a quarter-pound, half-pound, full-pound and two-pound size. I also purchased a specialized jump rope mat to avoid scuffing the ropes and provide cushioning for my feet. The jump rope system includes a free app on my phone. The app tracks my workouts, provides a number of calories burned and offers a variety of guided workouts. I can select from different difficulty levels and choose programs from ten minutes to 50 minutes in duration. Some of the training sessions involve strictly jumping rope while others include push-ups, lunges, squats, burpees and other types of exercises. I enjoy the convenience of a guided workout.