While I was in Tampa last week, I worked out in the parking lot of the Motel 8.
I did look a little strange being out there at 6 am, skipping in stall number 134.
I was going through a workout that Shawna had sent me.
When I travel, I pack a jump rope with me as its something that easily fits into my backpack.
Here are 5 tips from Shawna on the jump rope.
Hey, Shawna Kaminski of ChallengeJumpRope.com. I want to make this video for my good friend and fellow Canadian at EFI, Rick Kaselj.
I want to give you some jump rope tips especially if you are new to jumping rope or you haven’t done it since grade school.
#1 – Better than Running
Jump Rope is a great alternative to running.
Here are some of the benefits that I have found from it:
- more effective for fat loss
- easy on your joints
- higher intensity than running
- burns more calories than running
- great way to up the intensity in your workout
Often times I will throw a set of jump rope in with my strength training.
If you are not a great jump roper, your goal is to become a more efficient jump roper. This will make jump roping easier for you to do and then you can increase the intensity.
#2 – Best Place for Your Hands
First of all I wanted to talk about the hand position with the rope. When I was teaching elementary kids, you would see them swimming with their arms.
Make sure you are not swinging the arms. There’s no movement with the arms.
I don’t want any kind of butterfly movements with the arms.
You want to keep the elbows tight to the body and it’s really just the wrists that are moving.
Focus on keeping the movement smooth and efficient.
#3 – How High to Jump?
The other thing is you do not want to be jumping very high.
The biggest mistake that I see when people are starting to learn to jump rope is they jump high and the problem with that is you can’t get into a good rhythm, and it’s going to cause you frustration.
The exception on when to jump high is if you are doing double unders.
You just want to be a half an inch off the ground because it has less impact on your body, knees, ankles, hips, and spine.
You want to make sure your jump is smooth and low. Plus in order to lessen the impact, do a two foot jump because then your entire bodyweight is coming down on two feet as opposed to one foot.
Remember, when I am doing a jump rope, you see my feet are barely coming off the ground, my elbows are nice and tight. Movement is only happening at my wrists.
#4 – How to Get More Out of Jump Roping?
To increase intensity I can go to a running skip. Notice that I am always on my toes and my heels never touch the ground.
Obviously there are so many different variations with jump rope. I can increase the intensity with higher knees, with double unders, with forward and back, and with side to side.
There is a ton of variety that you can do with the jump rope and you will never run out of variety with the jump rope.
One of the big reasons that I like the jump rope is, look where I am. I am in my living room. You can do jump roping anywhere and pair it up with any kind of workout. You can pair it with strength and you are going to get a really effective fat loss workout.
#5 – What to do After Your Jump Rope Workout
You will notice that your calves are going to be sore and tired.
Make sure that you stretch out your calves after jump rope.
That is it.
Jump rope is awesome and a lot of fun.
If you need some quick jump rope workouts, check out ChallengeJumpRope.com.