Today‘s post is an ode to rope skipping.
One of the easiest, fastest, and cheapest(!) ways to practise stamina, coordination and strength at the same time.
I used to love rope skipping as a kid, I had some mean moves (cross arms, double skips) for solo as well as for the 2-rope group skippin’ kind, but for some reason I forgot all about it.
It‘s incredibly effective for improving footwork in martial arts, and, as a bonus, it has helped my jumping power in ballet considerably. (hello pas de chat!)
How to do it?
There are many ways you can use the ropes for training, I would recommend starting easy and gradually adding more jumps, more rounds, more speed and/or more variations as you progress.
And progress, you will!
My current routine is set up as a kind of HIIT training, meaning I jump continuously (or at least I try to – it’s great coordination training!) until I am a bit winded (which used to be after 20, then 50, now about 100 jumps), then I rest actively (I walk, breathe, move my arms, or gently stretch my legs/ankles) until I am able to speak normally again, and I continue with the next set.
- 100 ‘regular’ jumps
- 100 speed jumps
- 100 one legged jumps (switching legs after each set of 10)
So, how about you?
Do you also love skipping/jumping ropes? Did you use to as a kid? What are/were your favourite moves?
What does it do for you?