Why is skipping rope a good exercise

Jumping rope: the best variations of the intense cardio exercise

For a quick warm-up or as an intensive cardio unit for in between or as part of a high-intensity interval training (HIIT): Jumping rope is an extremely effective exercise that gets your heart rate up in seconds.

Anyone who only thinks of monotonous hopping is wrong: Because jumping rope can be designed in a very versatile manner and thus appeal to all motor skills - endurance, strength, speed, coordination and flexibility.

After all, a number of muscle groups are activated during this plyometric exercise.

Nice side effect: if you give everything and bring your heart rate to the maximum range, you don't have to jump that long to "burn off" a few more calroes after the workout in the resting state.

Which muscles are being trained?

In addition to the legs, which are mainly used for performing the jumps, some muscle strands in the upper body are also required here - these ensure the necessary body tension when jumping.

  • Quadriceps & Hamstrings
  • Calf muscles
  • Glutes

Auxiliary muscles: Triceps, hand flexors, back extensors, deltoids, straight abs, adductors.

Depending on the variant selected, more intense stimuli can also be sent to the working muscle groups.

Tip for professionals: Depending on your fitness level, you can also use weight cuffs to train even more intensively.

In order to hold out the jumping units for as long as possible, you should also pay attention to deep and even breathing during the execution.

The correct technique for jumping rope

In contrast to skipping rope jumping from childhood, the correct technique is very important in athletic rope jumping - then the cardio unit becomes really effective.

We will now show you what is important when it comes to execution and which variants you can use to alternate jumping rope.

Classic jumping rope

  • Start in an upright position with your hands at about hip height.
  • Now jump off the ground with both legs and swing the rope from behind over your head forwards.
  • Do not hit the ground until the rope is under your feet and then jump back up without jumping.

Tip: While jumping, keep your core tense by consciously pulling in your belly button.

Skipping rope is the same as skipping rope? That's not true! The models available can make a big difference in handling.

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Further variants for jumping rope

So that you don't get bored during your jump rope sessions, you can of course make this simple exercise varied with different variants:

1. Jump rope jumping jacks

Trained:Legs, calves, buttocks, arms, shoulders, stomach
Difficulty:difficult, especially for coordination
Note:Do not get tangled in the rope when standing wide
Trained:Legs, calves, buttocks, core
Difficulty:light
Note:Keep your upper body as straight as possible

3. One-legged skipping rope

Trained:Legs, coordination
Difficulty:medium
Note:Pay attention to a soft landing, if you have knee problems please don't

4. One-legged jumping rope with a leg change

Trained:Legs, calves, buttocks, arms, shoulders, core
Difficulty:light
Note:Pull your back foot as high as possible

5. Jump cross skipping rope

Trained:Legs, calves, buttocks, arms, shoulders, core and above all: coordination
Difficulty:heavy
Note:Crossing takes some practice and a little patience, don't think too much about it, just practice!
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