Why You Should Be Skipping

Walk into any boxing gym, anywhere in the world, and you’ll hear the familiar sound of a skipping rope – it’s hard to argue that professional fighters aren’t in great shape.

Now let’s compare this scene to walking into any commercial gym in the country, chances are you’ll see aisles and aisles of treadmills with any number of people puffing and panting their way through a 45 minute run.

What do the boxers know that we don’t?

  • Skipping is a high intensity full body workout – your legs are busy jumping, your arms busy turning the rope and your core working hard to keep your body stabilised.

  • Apart from the cost of the skipping rope itself, skipping is a zero cost workout which can be done almost anywhere where there is a solid flat surface. How much are you paying for that gym membership again? The one in which you spend 45 minutes a day running on that £1,000 treadmill.

  • Speaking of 45 minutes, skipping for only 10 minutes may yield the same health benefits as running for 45 minutes.

  • Skipping is great for beginners, intermediates or experts as there is seemingly endless ways to challenge yourself – skipping at different paces, using different techniques etc

  • Skipping for one hour can burn up to 1,300 calories.

  • Skipping improves both your blood pressure and heart rate.

  • Skipping is much kinder to the joints than running.

*The views and/or opinions expressed in the blogs are not necessarily those of Training Nation, but of the author

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