Going to gym without skipping just got harder

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Going to gym without skipping just got harder

It used to be your playground game. Now it’s the 2020 fad that should be a new part of your fitness plan

Charlotte Lytton

If you haven’t found yourself in the playground at lunchtime or a boxing ring of late, chances are it’s been a while since you last picked up a jump rope. Skipping is no longer consigned to just those two, however, becoming a fast fixture on gym schedules.

“From building on your cardiovascular engine to improving your hand-eye coordination, skipping is a great workout for all fitness levels as you can attack it at a pace that suits you,” explains Alex Rennie, an instructor at Third Space studios in London, where “jumping rope” has been introduced into several of their high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes.

“By using your muscles in both your upper and lower body throughout, the time spent doing alternative low-impact cardiovascular work isn’t going to match the potential calorie burn achieved during a 20-minute [skipping] session,” he adds...

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