Fighting Weight: The Jump Rope Workout

You’ll notice that your energy is going to crash in the middle of this  workout—those high knees take the life out of you. But it’s worth pushing  through—you’ll get a lot more oxygen to your system, and you’ll tone your legs  and upper body. Boxers jump rope because it improves their coordination,  stamina, and cardiovascular strength, and it makes you light on your feet—pretty  soon you’ll know just what Muhammad Ali meant by “Float like a butterfly, sting  like a bee.”

The Workout:

This workout alternates between three-minute rounds of jumping rope and  one-minute rounds of calisthenics. As you get into better shape, you can  eventually start jumping rope in rounds of four minutes, five minutes, etc.

3 minutes jump rope Keeping your feet together and your legs  straight, jump with both legs at the same time.

Stretch lightly

15 regular push-ups Start in push-up position with your feet  together and your hands shoulder-width apart on the ground. Keeping your body  straight, lower yourself until your nose almost touches the ground, then push  back up until your arms are fully extended.

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