From Health Magazine
A modern spin on an old-school workout
What is it?: Weighted jump ropes—¼, ½, 1, and 2 pounds—that are great for cardio and strength training. The ball bearings in the handles make the movement super smooth, and the fast-clip system lets you swap out ropes quickly. The Get Lean package ($99) includes the two lighter ropes: The ¼-pound is great for endurance and HIIT workouts; the ½-pound is ideal for beginners and advanced cardio (a heavier rope activates more muscles for a more efficient workout). When you become more advanced, you can upgrade to the 1- and 2-pounders ($139 for the Get Strong pack).
Why it’s awesome: Outside of the gym, I count on running as my main form of cardio, but I get bored if I don’t mix things up. Jumping rope makes you feel like a kid again, but trust me, it’s seriously adult-level exercise! You get vastly different workouts from each weighted rope, which makes the set worth the investment. I started as a beginner and am already doing double unders!
Good to know: Jumping rope burns more calories (10 calories per minute!) than swimming, cycling, and jogging. It also exercises the brain because it involves a combination of timing, rhythm, coordination, and mental strategy. Crossrope offers a free app and a premium version ($10 per month), where you’ll get access to 200+ workouts, fitness challenges, and tutorials. — Vanessa L. Powell
www.crossrope.com ORDER and save 10% use code WTCA10. Bulk orders contact: [email protected] / 347-687-9355. Our associate Maurice Newman who has covered the ARNOLD show for over 10 years met the founder former NAVY Pilot DAVE HUNT and saw his brilliant design.