Workout Routines

The Best Jump Rope Workout

Improve conditioning and foot speed with this fat burning jump rope circuit.


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No matter what equipment you have available, from a fully-stocked super-gym to a pair of mismatched dumbbells in your garage, or nothing but your body weight alone, you can build muscle, lose fat, and sculpt the physique you've always wanted.

Block out any association you have with jump ropes and school children—the jump rope is an incredibly efficient, versatile workout tool. Carry it in your backpack or briefcase, bring it with you on vacations and weekend trips for work because this is one of the easiest ways to build cardio fitness, agility, and strength on the go. 

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Not that that’s settled (and we extinguished your excuse for skipping workouts on business trips), take a look at how to make the most of your jump rope workout. It’s time you were reacquainted with the convenient cardio tool. Here’s everything you need to know to stay well-conditioned for life.



Make sure you’ve got a good rope. Beaded or plastic “speed” ropes are more durable than cotton ones and whip around faster, making for a more intense workout. They’re also mandatory if you want to build up to doing advanced jump-rope moves like the double jump (which we’ve included here, although we don’t expect you to master it right away). Before you begin using a rope, measure it to your height. When you stand on the middle of the rope, the handles should extend to your armpits. Cut and adjust the length as necessary. You have to gradually prepare your lower body for the impact of jumping, so begin on a waxed wooden floor or rubber floor. Hold the rope with hands at about hip height and elbows slightly bent, keeping your upper arms close to your sides. Your chest should be out and your shoulders back and down. Make your jumps small and land on the balls of your feet. 


The workout consists of three training blocks. You’ll practice different jumps, rest two minutes, and move on to the next block. Follow the instructions.