When I think about jumping rope, I'm instantly transported to back to my childhood and playing games during recess. Back then, it never seemed like work, probably because I was having too much fun!
As an adult, jumping rope takes a bit more effort, but it's still a fun way to blast calories and get in a great cross-training workout. Jumping rope provides even more great benefits for runners. In addition to strengthening your calves, it can also help you build speed - always a plus in my mind!
So when TKO contacted me to see if I'd like to try out one of their Soft-Grip Jump Ropes, I was immediately onboard.
For someone like me, who loves to run fast, this is a fantastic training tool. The 9-foot, vinyl rope is the perfect length and can be easily wiped clean at the end of a sweat session. And I really liked the rubber-coated grips on the handles. It made it easy to hold the rope even as my hands sweat. Also, what's not to love about the cute pink/purple color combo? :)
While testing the rope, I did a workout used by pro-runner Sarah Brown. It's best done in combination with strength training or after an easy run. Another way runners can use the rope is as a warmup tool before a workout. It turns out that jumping rope is a great way to get your muscles primed to run fast!
If you're interested in getting a TKO Soft-Grip Jump Rope of your own, they can be purchased at Macy's or Amazon. And keep it in mind with the holiday season - a jump rope is a perfect stocking stuffer for a family member or friend who is into fitness!
Tell me: Do you ever workout with a jump rope? If so, what exercises do you do?
*I received a free TKO Soft-Grip Jump Rope to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.