Build Your Own Gym: Six Easy Pieces – 3
Lose the cables, big weights, and gym membership for this versatile, inexpensive equipment and a full-body workout at home.
A rope is the fastest way to warm up in the gym – and one of the most intense cardio sessions available. But the real benefit of the jump rope is that it improves both hand-eye coordination and foot speed. Jumping fast increases strength and the rate at which your calf muscles fire, which improves quickness.
Do This: Single Leg Jumps.
Hop 10 times on one leg, and then switch to the other. Repeat three times.
- Warm-Up. Two minutes of straight jumping.
- Cardio. Five minutes of jumping.
- Double Unders. Make the rope pass under you twice per hop.
- Jog. Pass the rope under when both feet are off the ground.