It is practical!
Before we even get to the physical benefits, a jump rope is very practical. It is small and easy to carry, and it is an accessory, so it stays affordable, and you don't need very long workouts to feel the benefits. Makes you want to find out more right?
Improving your cardio
First of all, jumping rope helps you work on your cardio and endurance. If you spar with a partner, where you need to keep going for several rounds, or even if you do a session of cardio boxing with a punching bag, cardio is quickly called upon. Being able to go the distance makes your practise more enjoyable.
Jumping rope quickly boosts your heart rate and helps you strengthen your heart. It is also an interval training exercise - that is, an intensive exercise followed by a recovery period - just like for boxing or cardio boxing. Alternating intensity and recovery is very effective for improving your endurance and ability to recover after a workout.
Sculpting your body
Another significant advantage of jumping rope is that it helps you sculpt your body. A cardio exercise like jumping rope is a very good way to burn calories, including those stored as fat.
As your heart rate and breathing increase, all your muscles are working, since they need oxygen. So jumping rope is a very complete activity that works on several muscles at one time. That allows you to tone your entire body: shoulders, arms, chest, abs, back, glutes, thighs, and calves! Certain ropes, like the one sold in our boxing aisle, include weighted handles to work your muscles more.
You don't necessarily think of it, and it doesn't apply to everyone, but jumping rope can also contribute to fighting cellulite. Jumping makes your skin move, which has a massaging effect on your tissue and improves blood circulation to the affected areas.
There are also significant beneficial effects on your posture, balance, and coordination. It's an exercise where you have to jump in rhythm with the rope. To do so, the right posture (see below), balance, and coordination are essential. You also need to jump on the balls of your feet, which helps with agility if you do combat sports. Like with everything, the more you do it, the more natural it becomes and the more you develop the right reflexes.
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