The thought of jumping rope immediately takes me back to childhood, when I was the most uncoordinated person in gym class and would have rather had my fingers rolled over by a scooter than my face slapped with the plastic pieces of an old school jump rope. It was during a trip to New York City that I gave the jump rope another chance. The hotel I was staying in had a fitness center with very little equipment, one being a jump rope. I wiped away my doubt and anxiety to pick up the jump rope, only to wipe away my sweat 5 minutes later after a heart-pumping, high intensity experience. The jump rope can be used as part of a cardio circuit, or between strength training sets to make the workout more challenging and keep your body stimulated. The movement activates the calf muscles along with the arms and shoulders in particular. Because it is a weight bearing exercise, jumping rope also improves bone density. You can purchase a jump rope here from Vitamin Shoppe.
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