OK so I like to call it ‘jumping rope’ because it just sounds more manly than ‘skipping’, but yeah that’s what we’re talking about… skipping.
So why skip?
The health benefits are huge! Skipping strengthens, well nearly everything! You’re going to feel it in your calves for sure, but also your arms, shoulders and core strength too!
I was recently inspired to start skipping when I stumbled upon this video from Bloom to fit. This guy’s awesome at skipping (check out his video below), plus he also has lots of other fitness training videos that are well worth checking out. Lately I’ve really been enjoying his site, there’s some great articles on there, definitely worth reading. To accompany this video he’s also written the Jump Rope Manifesto which pretty much covers everything you’d ever want to know about skipping – amazing.
What type of rope?
So after seeing this video I couldn’t wait to get out there and start skipping, first thing I found – there’s lots of different types of rope. I’ve used three ropes so far;
First I bought a heavy leather jump rope, this is a good quality rope and after some slight adjustments, I’ve got it spinning just right. With the rope being leather it’s quite heavy and makes for quite a slow spin, this puts more of the effort on your arms and shoulders, and less on your footwork.
Second I used a friends weighted rope. This was a lightweight rope but with heavy 5lb weighted handles. This was a strange combination as the rope itself was very fast and light-weight, but the heavy handles made it a real workout for your forearms and wrists.
Thirdly I bought a faster speed rope. This is a 5mm nylon rope, with light-weight minimalistic handles. This rope is great and definitely my favourite so far. It’s fast and simple, there’s no fancy features to worry about, and I can quickly tie it up and shove it in my bag. The style of skipping is much faster, putting more focus on your footwork and providing more of a cardio workout.
I’ll definitely be building skipping into my workout routines, it’s a really fun way to warm up and get the heart rate up. I hope you have fun with it too!