Most of the tried and true equipment you use at the gymnasium are made of iron, but if you want a more dynamic, fat-busting full-body workout think of the skipping rope.
Use them correctly and the benefits of skipping ropes are anything but basic. Here are four benefits you can derive from its use.
They sculpt muscles
A lot of functional exercises work muscles, but the benefit of skipping ropes is that they target muscles that are often left out of standard training routines and are therefore weaker.
In a series of waves, whips and slams, battle ropes can be manipulated up and down, side-to-side, or even in circles to train a host of different muscles.
They blast fat
Research has shown that just 10 minutes of swinging the heavy workout tool burns 112 calories.
It is this metabolism-boosting magic that makes it a big hit with fitness trainers; footballers and other athletes.
They increase mobility
One of the functional benefits of skipping ropes is that they boost your range of motion.
Regular rope practice will gradually improve the mobility in your grip, as well as the movement in your shoulders, hips, core, knees, ankles and feet.
By boosting mobility, your training will be more efficient and day-to-day actions will be easier to perform.
Likelihood of injuries is low
Pulling and lifting ropes require a certain balance that requires and improves stability in both the upper and lower parts of the body.
This is thanks to the ‘dual-force dynamic’ effect: a combination of gravity and the force created by the rope waves, which improve our body’s physiological response to the load. As our body adapts, injuries become less likely.