Jump Rope Workout


Since I’m not swimming tonight, I went to the gym in my office during lunch. I didn’t feel like putting my body through another run this week after my pulled muscle on Wednesday. I decided it was okay to do a light workout instead of my usual balls-to-the-wall-burn-as-many-calories-as-you-can kind of workout.

I decided to skip the treadmill and do the Elliptical machine.

The Elliptical is a good choice for people who have joint pain, or can’t run.

Low-Impact Elliptical

I did about 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, but nothing too crazy like I usually do. Actually, the elliptical machine is the machine I used to use the most when I was trying to lose 100 pounds. I did a combo of swimming and then the elliptical. It wasn’t until much later that I tried doing the treadmill.

After the elliptical, I hopped on the exercise bike for about 5 minutes and decided to change things up a bit. I grabbed an Ab Ball and the jump rope.

The rest of my workout was sort of like a “Cross-fit” workout. I’d jump rope pretty briskly then jog to the weight machines and then back to the jump rope.

This:

Jump Rope

To this:

Then I added the Ab Balls to the routine. I did this a few times, back and forth, until I was dripping with sweat. Man! Jump rope workouts are sweaty!

Then I added free weights to the routine.

In hindsight I should have skipped the elliptical and exercise bike and JUST done the weights/ab/jump-rope combo. That was a much better workout in itself!

Before you dismiss the jump rope as just a kid’s game, try it! It’s hard work and it’s a great workout. My heart rate spiked with each jump and I tried to do the jump rope faster with each set.

Finally, I did a bunch of stretching and some yoga moves.

Stretching

It was a good workout, even if I didn’t burn a ton of calories. It felt good just to move. Not only that, it’s good to change up your workout routine once in awhile to avoid boredom and plateaus!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 36 minutes

Calories Burned: 275

Final Thought: Jump Ropes Rule

Tonight we start the kitchen remodel again and will be doing it all weekend. I will be burning plenty of calories this weekend!

QUESTION: Are you doing anything fun this weekend? And have you ever incorporated a jump rope to your workout routine?

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8 responses to “Jump Rope Workout

  1. Jump ropes do rule! I would use one at my gym in college (when I wasn’t feeling too self-conscious) and it’s a killer workout.

    That’s an awesome setup for an office gym!

  2. Jump roping is harder than it looks! Really gets the heart rate up :)

  3. I *LOVE* jumping rope… actually I do it a lot, and don’t even always use a rope… I move my arms as if I was holding one…
    :)

    Have a fun weekend – I hope you’re showing us your kitchen remodel… I’d love to see, I think about remodeling mine um, almost daily :)

  4. I have just found your website. I am going to take some time to read your story, but already I can tell that your accomplishment is inspiring!

    Diane

  5. When I was working with a trainer, they used to have me do the jump rope every now and then and oh boy did I hate it. It’s amazing how long 60 seconds of jump rope is! My HR would spike, my calves would burn… whew. It’s amazing how hard that felt considering I was in pretty good shape.

    Of course, since leaving the trainer, I haven’t touched the jump rope at all. I probably should pick it back up once in a while. Anything that feels that hard has to be good for you!

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