Contrary to popular belief, rope jumping is not just for professional boxers and young kids in the schoolyard. Rope jumping is an excellent choice for exercisers of all fitness levels who want to their cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, agility, speed, strength, balance, rhythm, timing, and bone density. All you’ll need is a properly-sized , a suitable surface for jumping (a flat, firm surface with a little give is best; avoid grass, artificial turf, dirt, and sand), and a timer.
If you’re new to rope jumping, keep these seven rules in mind:
1. Keep your elbows close to your ribs.
2. Don’t choke up on the handles.
3. Allow your ankles, knees, and hips to flex when you land.
4. Keep your jumps low.
5. Hold your hands waist-high.
6. Turn the rope mainly by rotating your wrist.
7. Turn the rope first, jump second.
Ready to give it a try? This workout was created exclusively for Glamourgirlz by the pros at and can be scaled to challenge any fitness level by increasing or decreasing volume and/or speed.
Need a rope refresher before jumping in? Punk Rope has you covered with excellent ! Plus, video demos of each movement follow the workout graphic below.
1. Joint rotations: Do 10 reps each of , , , and .
2. Shadow jumping: No rope needed; just jump and rotate wrists as if holding a rope. Do 20 reps each of the following jumps: basic bounce, heel taps, scissors, and ski (how-to videos below).
1. , 30 seconds each leg
2. , 30 seconds each leg
3. , 30 seconds each leg
4. , 15 seconds
5. , 15 seconds
Movement Demo Videos
This workout was created for Glamourgirlz by , founder of New York City-based , the fitness class that would be created "If Peter Pan and the Ramones teamed up." Tim is a certified personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise and a certified Level 1 USA Track & Field Coach.