Thankfully, the long, slow jog days of the spandex clad ‘80s are over.

If you enjoy traditional endurance training for fun or stress relief—great! But realize that if building a no-nonsense physique is the objective, there are more efficient ways, like jumping rope.

For centuries prize fighters and other well-conditioned athletes have reaped the benefit of this heart-pumping, cardio blast.

Fat loss

Jumping rope can burn up to 1000 calories per hour, making it one of the most efficient fat-burning workouts available. Unlike other forms of interval training that are much more stressful on the Central Nervous System (CNS), muscles and connective tissues are also spared significant stress while jumping rope.

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Adding to the synergy, jumping rope works muscles throughout the entire body and develops lean muscles in all major muscle groups.  Of course, jumping rope optimizes conditioning and maximizes athletic skills by combining agility, coordination, timing, and endurance at the same time helping you torch body fat.


So why don’t more infomercials and famous fitness celebrities talk about jump ropes?

Drum roll… money! They don’t make money when you purchase a $5 jump rope.

Jump Rope Program

Start by jumping rope 30 seconds and resting one minute for six sets. Depending on ability, add 10 seconds per week or workout. Make it your goal to complete six sets of three minutes of jump rope, with a 30-second rest interval. When you’re able to complete six sets of three minutes, body fat will have melted off and conditioning will be at a whole new level.

Final Thoughts

Jump ropes are inexpensive and portable; the only thing stopping you from getting lean, ripped and fit via jumping rope is you. So give this oldie but goodie a try to look, feel and perform better.