The Benefits of Skipping

The humble skipping rope is easily the cheapest, lightest and most convenient fitness device available to us and skipping is one of the most effective fat-burning exercises. Skipping (also known as ‘jump rope’) can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour. That means that by skipping for only 20 minutes, you can burn up to 330 calories which is about the same number of calories as contained in a Double Cheeseburger!

Skipping is not only a fast fat burner, but it is great for agility, footwork, shoulder endurance (so we can hold our guard up stronger and longer), posture, balance, reflexes and coordination. These are things vital to be a great martial artist! It is also an all-over body workout for strengthening and toning, with strong focus on calves, deltoids, arms and the abdominal area. It is no wonder that martial artists and boxers include skipping in their training programs!

So while skipping can be frustrating in the beginning, once you get the hang of it, you’ll quickly start reaping the benefits. The best way to get rid of the frustration of missing beats and preventing boredom is to make sure you mix up the routine. Different jumps can include a single bounce, a double bounce, a jog step, knees up, cross-overs, sprints and the Boxer’s shuffle. By changing the jump every 30 seconds or so, you’ll be more likely to stay in a rhythm by avoiding muscle fatigue in a certain area.

Mushin Fight Gear stock skipping ropes of a variety of lengths and weights, starting from only $12.95 each. Ropes include basic PVC, ball bearing swivel and the heavier Muay Thai thick Kickboxing skipping rope for maximal development. Check them out now!