Skipping ropes to up your fitness game

A cardio workout is child’s play with these playground favourites.

Woman using skipping rope.
These workouts are more intense than the skipping rope from the playground.Unsplash

You might not have skipped since you were a child, you might not have ever skipped before in your life. But it’s easy to pick up, and after just a minute you’ll soon work out why it’s such a well-loved exercise. So jump to it!

Gritin Skipping Rope, Speed Jump Rope Soft Memory Foam Handle Tangle-free Adjustable Rope & Rapid Ball Bearings Fitness Workouts Fat Burning Exercises Boxing - Spare Rope Length Adjuster Included.

360 Swivel Mechanism

Designed to turn easily without putting pressure on the wrists, this 3-metre-long cable can be easily adjusted to fit the user, using the integrated buckles—spares provided—meaning it can be customised to suit all users.Amazon

Skipping is a great cardio workout, but there’s more to it than that. It works all of the body—from your core to keep you upright and your calves every time you bounce, to your forearms and shoulder when you’re turning the rope. Research has found that it burns anywhere between 11 and 15 calories a minute, meaning it’s roughly equivalent to running but you have less chance of injury, as you’re jumping on the spot, rather than running over uneven ground where you are more likely to trip. Want to up your calorie burn? Buy a weighted rope.

Beast Rope by Beast Gear – Speed Skipping Rope for Fitness, Conditioning & Fat Loss. Ideal for Crossfit, Boxing, MMA, HIIT, Interval Training & Double Unders

Designed To Be Used Outside

Comes with a carry bag for tangle-free storage and also an outdoor protector—essentially a second sleeve that slides over the section most likely to contact the ground so it’s protected against abrasion for longer.Amazon

While it’s easy enough to get skipping in your own back yard, a number of gyms have developed their own classes if you’re looking to get a bit of instruction before you start going it alone. You might even find that there are clubs or meet-ups near you with fellow rope enthusiasts.

Blukar Skipping Rope, Speed Jump Rope Tangle-free Adjustable Rope with Rapid Ball Bearings & Soft Foam Handle for Fitness Workouts Fat Burning Exercises Boxing - Spare Rope Length Adjuster Included

For All The Family

2.8 metres of PVC-covered steel core can be adjusted to suit the height of the user while the ergonomic handle is covered with non-slip foam. Also available with black, blue or green accents on the handles if you’re buying for the family and want everyone to be able to identify their own.Amazon

While skipping is about as low tech as you can get, there are some seriously hi-tech ropes out there that can do everything from counting how many times you rotate the rope, and even flagging it up in LED lights, to logging your workout and synching it to your phone.

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