Jul 162010
 

Since I’m not swimming tonight, I went to the gym in my office during lunch. I didn’t feel like putting my body through another run this week after my pulled muscle on Wednesday. I decided it was okay to do a light workout instead of my usual balls-to-the-wall-burn-as-many-calories-as-you-can kind of workout.

I decided to skip the treadmill and do the Elliptical machine.

The Elliptical is a good choice for people who have joint pain, or can’t run.

Low-Impact Elliptical

I did about 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, but nothing too crazy like I usually do. Actually, the elliptical machine is the machine I used to use the most when I was trying to lose 100 pounds. I did a combo of swimming and then the elliptical. It wasn’t until much later that I tried doing the treadmill.

After the elliptical, I hopped on the exercise bike for about 5 minutes and decided to change things up a bit. I grabbed an Ab Ball and the jump rope.

The rest of my workout was sort of like a “Cross-fit” workout. I’d jump rope pretty briskly then jog to the weight machines and then back to the jump rope.

This:

Jump Rope

To this:

Then I added the Ab Balls to the routine. I did this a few times, back and forth, until I was dripping with sweat. Man! Jump rope workouts are sweaty!

Then I added free weights to the routine.

In hindsight I should have skipped the elliptical and exercise bike and JUST done the weights/ab/jump-rope combo. That was a much better workout in itself!

Before you dismiss the jump rope as just a kid’s game, try it! It’s hard work and it’s a great workout. My heart rate spiked with each jump and I tried to do the jump rope faster with each set.

Finally, I did a bunch of stretching and some yoga moves.

Stretching

It was a good workout, even if I didn’t burn a ton of calories. It felt good just to move. Not only that, it’s good to change up your workout routine once in awhile to avoid boredom and plateaus!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 36 minutes

Calories Burned: 275

Final Thought: Jump Ropes Rule

Tonight we start the kitchen remodel again and will be doing it all weekend. I will be burning plenty of calories this weekend!

QUESTION: Are you doing anything fun this weekend? And have you ever incorporated a jump rope to your workout routine?

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  8 Responses to “Jump Rope Workout”

  1. Jump ropes do rule! I would use one at my gym in college (when I wasn’t feeling too self-conscious) and it’s a killer workout.

    That’s an awesome setup for an office gym!

  2. Jump roping is harder than it looks! Really gets the heart rate up :)

  3. I *LOVE* jumping rope… actually I do it a lot, and don’t even always use a rope… I move my arms as if I was holding one…
    :)

    Have a fun weekend – I hope you’re showing us your kitchen remodel… I’d love to see, I think about remodeling mine um, almost daily :)

  4. I have just found your website. I am going to take some time to read your story, but already I can tell that your accomplishment is inspiring!

    Diane

  5. When I was working with a trainer, they used to have me do the jump rope every now and then and oh boy did I hate it. It’s amazing how long 60 seconds of jump rope is! My HR would spike, my calves would burn… whew. It’s amazing how hard that felt considering I was in pretty good shape.

    Of course, since leaving the trainer, I haven’t touched the jump rope at all. I probably should pick it back up once in a while. Anything that feels that hard has to be good for you!

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