Build Your Own Gym: Six Easy Pieces – 3

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.

 

Speed Rope

 

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.

 

Also Try:

  • 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.

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