When I was a little girl, I loved jumping rope.
- I had a very plain nylon rope with plastic handles, and I used it constantly.
Once I got to be a teenager, I no longer jumped rope. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve gotten back into it. I’ve figured out that it’s a great way to burn a lot of calories in a very short amount of time. Jumping rope helps to improve core strength, stamina and balance. I find that it’s fun to practice and achieve new skills. For a few years, I used a leather jump rope with weighted wooden challenges. I got frustrated with the rope tangling, knotting and fraying. Because of these complaints, I researched different types of ropes. I found a really innovative jump rope system that utilizes weighted ropes. I can attach the same set of handles to a quarter-pound, half-pound, one-pound and two-pound ropes. Removing and attaching the ropes to the handles by way of a metal clasp is quick and simple. The ropes rotate very smoothly, which has made the different jumping skills much easier. This new jump rope system has allowed me to jump longer and faster. Plus, the system included a free app I downloaded onto my smartphone. The app provides guided workouts at a beginner or advanced level. The workouts last anywhere from twenty to forty minutes, utilize various weights of rops and include other exercises such as mountain climbers, burpees and squat jumps. At the conclusion of the workout, the app tells me how many calories I burned.