For those who are financially, space, or time challenged, skipping rope can be a highly effective method of burning calories. Not only do you not need the space for a home gym, you don’t have to have the cash for one either. A simple rope from any large sports store can start from as little as $10. Not only is this form of exercising cheap, there are literally hundreds of skipping rope exercises that you can challenge yourself with to escape the boredom factor.
Benefits of skipping rope:
* improves coordination and agility.
* increases the heart rate.
* burns calories. A 10 minute session with a skipping rope can burn as many calories as a 30 minute jog.
* cost effective.
* works many different muscle groups.
* huge variety of motions and techniques to prevent boredom.
* can easily be incorporated as the cardio component in interval training.
Disadvantages of skipping rope:
* can take some practice to get the hang of it.
* to get started you will obviously need a skipping rope and a good quality pair of cross trainers that will absorb the impact.
* you may like to watch some DVD’s or videos on various tricks and techniques to exercise various parts of your body.
* wooden floors or gym type flooring is great to help with the impact of landing.
* 9 foot clearance needed for height. (Approximately.)
* to determine your ideal rope length, each end of your rope should come level with your armpits when you place one foot on the ground on the middle of the rope.
Types of skipping ropes:
* woven ropes are usually made from nylon, cotton, or hemp, are slower, and hurt the least if they hit you. They are not so suitable for outdoors as the wind can lift them.
* speed ropes are fast, inexpensive, popular, fairly durable, and usually made from plastic. The only disadvantage to a speed rope is that they sting when they collide with your skin.
* leather ropes are traditionally used by boxers. These are the second fastest of the skipping ropes. They are the most expensive, sting on your skin, and can become easily twisted with tricky techniques. They can also take some time to unstiffen.
* weighted ropes either have weights in the handles, or are made from heavier rope, and are purported to benefit working the muscles in your arms while twirling the rope. Weighted ropes are great for outdoors on windy days. Weighted ropes will hurt more if they hit you. Generally it is better to start with a regular rope and work up.
* beaded ropes are flexible and well weighted for both low speed turning and tricks. The inner nylon cord is strung with beads making it a little heavier than a standard rope. These ropes will sting at high speeds. The heavier rope can also be more tiring on the arms when performing endurance routines.
Skipping rope is both a cost and time effective calorie burning workout. For $10 you have an easily portable piece of exercise equipment that with practice, can be used instead of jogging, and as a cardio component in interval training. A great investment for anyone looking to burn calories fast.