April 14, 2014

Jumping Rope and Squat Workout

Hi everyone!

I thought I would start sharing some workouts I do since that's another area I wanted to focus on with my blog. If I only cooked this food and didn't work out... well, there would be a problem. ;-) I recently started incorporating jumping rope into my workout routines because a) I really don't like running and b) it's much better than running and has a wealth of benefits.

Check it out:

-When you jump rope, you are working your legs, calves, thighs, hamstrings, shoulders, arms, buttocks, and abdominal muscles. Practically every major muscle group is engaged when you’re jumping rope, and it also does a great job of working the most important muscle in your body–your heart.

-Strengthens your bones and muscle fibers. As you age, you lose muscle elasticity and bone density. Jump roping helps restore both of these crucial elements.

-Jumping rope is convenient! You can do it pretty much anywhere, indoors, outdoors, the gym, your backyard. No excuses for not working out now! :-)

-According to studies conducted by Harvard Medical School, jumping rope has been shown to be one of the most effective calorie-burning cardiovascular activities an average person can do.

-Jumping rope improves muscle tone in your arms and legs. Since these muscles are so heavily engaged in the activity of jumping rope, after a while they develop greater shape and definition. Say bye-bye to the jiggle.

-Last, but not least, it's fun! Seriously, I feel like a kid again when I'm jumping rope... "Cinderella dressed in yella, Went downstairs to kiss a fella..."
Melissa Bender is one of my favorite resources for free workouts. She has over 400 videos you can watch for FREE! She doesn't belong to a gym, so these are all workouts you can complete at home. You can complete these exercises with or without weights.

Here are two of her workouts I completed yesterday. I was definitely sweaty afterwards!

I did the Jump and Squat workout first.

Then I did two rounds of this lower body workout.

See all of the muscles highlighted when you perform a squat? It's a great exercise for multiple muscle groups. Plus, it'll help you get a booty. :-)



  1. Tnx for the article...jump rope has been a part of my boxing and martial arts training regimen...ur right its better than running or jogging alone..it provides numerous benefits compared to running...its easy on the joints bec its lower impact since u land on the balls of ur feet...ive improved my athletism bec of agility benefits of jump rope...I can climb stairs and run fast bec of jump rope training...also catching falling things and avoiding punches is easy bec jump rope surely improves reflexes...10 mins of rope skipping is equavalent to 30 mins jogging...I cant belive this conditioning tool is always underrated by many people specially in philippines...jump rope is underrated but is one of the best exercises ever created^_^.....good luck jessica with ur skipping routine...tnx and more power!^_^

  2. Jump rope also improved my cardiovascular system...it made my breathing effecient and stronger heart...this can improve ur resting heart rate...enough to prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases bec of sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle....and this is very cheap and very versatile exercise
    . u can do it anywhere anytime whether theres a bad weather^_^

    1. Thanks for all the great info, Gian!! I'm glad you are a jump roper too! Keep on being awesome and active! :-)

    2. Welcome^_^....I wish more people will be enlightend to do it but goodluck to those who wanna try and tnx to people like u whos still belives in this awesome exercise...
      enjoy ur new yr girl godbless stay healthy!^_^


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