Join us for the jump rope fitness challenge? You may be wondering what you can do exactly with your rope, besides just jumping over it and counting how far you can get before interlacing. It's a start!
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If you have trouble getting that far, you can look at this video from Punk Rope about common beginner errors. If the rope always hits your ankles or seems to shorten while jumping, they know what you are doing wrong:
When you jump properly, you have the elbows at your sides, only using your wrists to turn the rope and you just jump as high as you need to clear the rope (like an inch). The coach in the video demonstrates this on concrete, but if you can jump on a softer surface, like a workout, it gets easier on your joints.
Here are some simple things that feel real fancy The first time you do them:
- Skip side to side . It's like a regular jumping rope – doesn't change anything – unless your feet just land a little to the side where they left.
- Jump back and forth . Same thing: You still jump in the usual way but change your foot position ever so little with each jump.
- Foot on foot . Hold the same rhythm, but set only one foot at a time. I'm stuck on this one personally: I know it's the same movement as jogging in place, but the rope confuses my brain.
Give these moves a try and let us know in the comments how the mare is going so far!