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Not Since Gym Class in 7th Grade

For heart, you know.I haven't picked up a jump rope since gym class, seventh grade. 

Back in the day, we did that "Jump Rope for Heart" thing where you collect pledges from your aunts and neighbors, then spend an afternoon in the middle school gym leaping about randomly with a length of plastic rope.  It was always utter chaos and left most people with sharp, stinging burns on their shins from whacking themselves with the rope.

Currently bored as can be with my cardio workout, I've been trying to find other ways to spend 33 minutes without resorting to the same treadmill routine.  Increasing the incline and chucking the speed up a bit is fine for a few weeks, but that becomes boring.  I tried rotating ten minute cycles - from the treadmill, to the elliptical, to the stepper - but I became burnt out on that, too.  There weren't enough magazines or iPod playlists or chats with Larry that could keep me interested long enough.

I needed a change.

So what made me think that adding this into my workout was a good idea?

Good ol' Rocky.

In every movie, he is always jumping rope.  And he has theme music.  And he's SuperFit.  I'm thinking - maybe, by some magical intervention, not unlike Frosty the Snowman with his old silk hat - that this jazzy new jump rope idea may infuse my mundane workouts with new life. 

So last night, I made my Jump Rope Debut.  I completed 20 minutes on the treadmill, grabbed my fancy new jump rope (only $7.00 at my local sporting goods store!) and progressed to the weight room upstairs, where there is more than enough room to sling around a rope. 

Intial feelings:  God, this is a little awkward.  But if I keep my shoulders tight and my arms steady (instead of flailing around like a 5 yr old), it's not so bouncy.  And it was that whole "riding a bike" thing - you never really forget how.  Whoops, just whacked my shins.  Nevermind.  I'm not bored with this!  Yay!

This morning's feelings:  Whoa, my calves hurt.  And my abs hurt, too.  Good.  It's working.

Maybe tonight I'll load up the Rocky training sequence theme to my iPod, and I'll finally have some damn theme music.


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You know, you could always just go jump up and down on a trampoline... ;-)

Now now, Bobby. I remember you doing Jump Rope for Heart with me, my friend. I also remember the apron.

Great idea--I'll have to try that again, too. I remember Jump Rope for Heart from elementary school. You're right--it was a lot of chaos, but for a good cause!

Ahh, I love jumping rope. When I think of a Rocky workout, I can only imagine trekking thru the snow with a log across my back. I think that was Rocky 4?

I bought a jump rope last summer to bring on vacations for working out - I love it! I'll jump rope for 3 or 4 songs on my ipod then switch it up and do squats, crunches, push ups for a few songs and then back to jumping rope. It's a great interval work out!

I sound like a jump rope info-mercial!

I *totally* remember Jump Rope for Heart. Liked it. Good luck with the new routine!

Gosh, I wonder if I even can jump rope anymore. I know when I try to "hop, hop, hop like a bunny" with my son, my chest appendages hurt severely. Maybe I'll try it post-partum!

So long as you don't buy a big thick rope to climb...I hated those things!

"Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.... teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground...."

It would register on the Richter scale if I tried to jump rope.

hey kerri,
i love jump rope. when it's summer i use it everyday. get to eat some chocolate then too.

vic x

I want to know about Bobby's apron!! : )

Good Lord, Julia made me snicker (again). I would also create seismic issues if I tried to jump rope...


Jumping rope is NO JOKE!! Talk about hard work!!

Way to go!

I am fortunate that working for the Department of Health and needing to project wellness, we get to go to a room in the basement next door and utilize videos with walking with weights. For 1 and 2 miles it is great to stabilize the blood sugar. Jumping rope does not sound like fun and hard hard work. At least with the weights it is what you can do with building up to your needed pace. :-)

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