FAQs

Do you use up more calories while skipping than while jogging?
Naturally this depends on the skipping workout you choose although "10 minutes of skipping rope at a moderate pace is roughly equivalent in aerobic exercise to running 4 km" also "You will burn about 500 calories by jumping for 30 minutes". Skipping can also be broken into more sessions a day per week. It costs less effort to start to skip (no bad weather inside) than jogging and you will burn more calories overall in the long run. Using a weighted rope gives you the benefit of an extra upper-body workout as well. So we recommend skipping over jogging as a regular cardiovascular work out any time, although jogging every other week will be a welcome break in the routine...

Should I lubricate it as soon as I get it? Also, how often should I lubricate it?
The ropes are already sufficiently greased. Maybe you will never have to lubricate them. But if you feel that the bearings are not running so smooth you can add some oil...

What type of surface are you jumping on?
See "Does skipping cause shin splint?"

What type of shoe do you wear for jumping rope?
See "Does skipping cause shin splint?"

Does skipping cause shin splint?
'Skipping places less stress and has a lower impact on the joints and limbs than jogging''. However to ensure the optimum conditions, make sure that you always wear quality trainers with good support and cushion (such as cross trainers) and jump on a giving surface like wood. We have never encountered any problems despite most of our training while jumping on concrete floors and tiles. The right skipping technique is more important i.e. always try to roll over your whole foot, bend the knees and keep your back straight. Just lift your feet high enough to let the rope pass through. This takes some practice but is much easier than it looks, anyone can do it and once mastered, it looks impressive.

What other sports benefit from using skipping as a cross training?
"Gymnastics research has shown that more elite performers do better with supplementary training rather than just gymnastics routines." The same can be said for every sport. The most obvious users of skipping ropes for cross training purposes are of course boxers (See also "Why is jumping rope important for boxers?"), although, every sport from climbing, basketball, tennis and windsurfing, can and does benefit from skipping. The list of complementary sports here is almost endless. Rope jumping is also the perfect warm up exercise for every sport before the real training starts or before competition.

Is skipping boring and how can I change the routine?
First of all, skipping rope is not such a mundane exercise as you might first think. Even an experienced skipper still has to concentrate on every jump because each jump is slightly different to the one before and thus unique. This keeps your mind focused on the technique unlike riding a stationary bike where the movement is very much fixed. You can always change the method through footwork combinations as described in our [staticpage:skipping-instruction_en skipping instruction] i.e. you can cross hands, twist your hips, jump backwards and that's just for starters. Music is a great skipping accompaniment in much the same way as an aerobic lesson. Why not try some interval training by raising your feet to the chest or to your buttocks. We always do sessions of three minutes with one slow minute in-between (like a boxing match) to bring the pulse down and then change to the next technique or combination. How about changing the locality? You can always take your rope to some other place like the roof to do your workout there. Jumping in front of a mirror will also keep you focused on jumping correctly. If that''s not sufficient some of our users have suggested jumping and singing as we would in our childhoods or even while naked, although we suspect this feedback may be tongue in cheek!

Can a skipping rope substitute other exercise equipment?

In the words of Edward J. Jackowski's seminal book "Hold it, you're exercising wrong". He writes on this point: "However if I had to choose one piece of fitness equipment that would be the most effective, it would be, without hesitation, a jump rope". This means that the duvide Jump Rope filled with weight can be a replacement for all kinds of exercise equipment i.e. cardiovascular training devices like treadmills, exercise bikes, stepping machines, rowing machines, versa climbers, Nordic track, Stairmaster and the list goes on. It can also replace dumbbells to a certain extent for shoulders & arms training. The awesome advantage is that the rope is so convenient to take with you wherever you wish; you only need your rope and a few square meters to get a workout. You can easily incorporate skipping into your lifestyle and make it a fitness habit despite the constraints of modern day living. Furthermore, adding resistance to an unsupported body in motion, creating complex movements is a real world fluid exercise, not something where your movements are constrained by machines. The body is a complex machine in itself where, all the elements are designed to work together in harmony. So it makes sense to train the body in a workout that combines both strength and endurance and gives the body freedom of movement. Think about it, skipping is not a substitute like a stationary bike is for going on the road, or a treadmill is for a real jog through the forest. Skipping is a real exercise in every sense for your fitness wellbeing. Skipping doesn''t force your body to do only one movement while leaving the rest of the body neglected. Agreed, skipping altogether is more complex when you start, but once mastered, it is much more gratifying. Using a weighted rope combines work on strength, endurance and coordination with only one exercise. You don't need anything else.

Why is jumping rope so important for boxers?
Boxers significantly develop their coordination by skipping rope. Coordination is both mental and physical, working different body parts together at the same time. Brain, arms, hands, legs, feet. It's ''all systems go'' when skipping rope! Skipping rope is the most important thing to learn for the boxing discipline. If you can't skip properly you can't box. Nothing beats the rope for timing, endurance, coordination and muscle tone. It is particularly good for development of timing. It teaches you how to use your upper and lower body in coordination. Most trainers demand their boxers to skip rope for good reason. Using a heavy rope, as with the duvide Jumpropes, also gives you the benefit of building up your shoulder muscles, which are crucial to keep your guard up. Inevitably most boxing trainers will point out that ''you cannot win without a strong defense''.
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