A lot of people search the internet for fitness ideas like workouts without weights and rope skipping exercises because they want to find an easy at home exercise to do. This may be due to the increased popularity of more functional fitness programs introduced by things like the 300 movie workout and the P90X workout program.
While many people continue to join fitness clubs, it seems that the health club craze of the 80s and 90s is waning. Those interested in fitness, strength training and muscle building are opting for a return to more traditional forms of exercising such as body weight routines that include pull-ups and push-ups. While these have proven to be excellent ways to build muscle without weights, they do lack an aerobic component.
This is where a good jump rope exercise will come in handy. Rope skipping exercises have been used for at least 200 years as a form of entertainment, and at least half that time as a serious conditioning exercise for athletes. Most people are familiar with the rope skipping routines of boxers. Although, unless you’ve tried these routines, you are totally unaware of how incredibly intense these aerobic workout can be.
A good jump rope fitness routine would be simply to mimic the routines of amateur boxing where there are only three 3 minute rounds. What you would do is skip rope for 3 minutes and rest 1 minute and repeat this for 3 sets. You may be surprised at what you learn about yourself and about jumping rope.
Often overlooked is the endurance training to the upper body that this exercise provides. Obviously you are going to be training your legs and your heart. However, turning the rope consistently for the allotted time also strengthens you shoulders, upper back and neck, biceps, forearms and hand grip. Most people fail to consider this because some still think that its primarily a kid’s past-time.
If you are looking for good workouts without weights, you should try rope skipping exercises. You can add these to any routine you are already doing even if you are still going to the gym. If you want something a little more stimulating than the boxer routine mentioned previously, there are several different dvd products that demonstrate various jumping routines and exercises.
Also, don’t be afraid to add them to any aerobic program. Cross training with aerobic exercises is a great way to add the muscle confusion principle to your fitness program. Plus, it can’t do anything but help you improve in what you are already doing. Give it a try.