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Just Like Anything, Jumping Rope Can Get Boring. Watch This Video & Change That!

Workouts get boring just like everything else in life!

But you can change that. The CBS morning show Live From The Couch asked me to show them (and YOU) how to spice up an exercise like jumping rope. I did 2 things: I found some killer ropes and I choreographed a jumping routine. I want you to try it!

Watch my appearance on CBS Live From The Couch:

 

My only regret is that I could not showcase my entire epic routine!

I have to admit it was a tad long and maybe too advanced for John Elliot, the host who "tried" to jump with me and Carlos. But that doesn't mean you can't do it!

Here's the routine written out for you with the footwork instructions:

  • Start with a basic skip of 5 regular hops with both feet together
  • 5 shuffle hops, bouncing from one foot to the other
  • 5 wider-stepped shuffle hops, going from one foot to the other
  • 5 double foot side to side hops
  • 5 jumps with both feet together forwards and backwards
  • 5 kick-backs (nearly kicking your feet to your butt)
  • 5 kick-outs
  • 5 jumping jack leg hops
  • 5 high knees
  • End with a "walk out", strutting forwards in a walking/jump style and the back to starting position
  • REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT!

I just ask that you do it to an upbeat song. My preference is Treasure by Bruno Mars!

 

Check out the weighted jump ropes I used from C9 By Champion!

They have a total of 2.5 pounds stored in both handles of the rope. Best of all, they'll only set you back $10, which is obviously a great deal!

You can find them HERE at Target, one of my favorite places to shop. So much so, that I'm waiting on Target to hit me up with a spokesperson offer on all their fit gear! I mean HELLO??? From Fit Undies to weighted jump ropes, I kinda have their back! Ha!

In the meantime, I'm giving away 2 C9 jump ropes to 2 LUCKY MIZZFIT READERS! 1 rope that's weighted and 1 that's made for speed:

To enter: Just tell me how you've recently been "somebody's reason to smile" in the comments section at the end of this post!

 

A few jump rope tips that will help you TRAIN TO BE GREAT!

  • Use a mirror! Go to a mirrored gym studio and watch yourself jump rope. It helps you get a feel for the rhythm of the workout and catch your mistakes.
  • Make sure your rope is the right length. It's correctly sized for you when you're standing on it and you can reach the tip of the rope's handles to your armpits.
  • Try to softly jump up and down on the balls of your feet. Your heels should never touch the ground.
  • Don't try and jump too high. Keep your jumps small enough to clear the rope. The higher you jump, the quicker you'll tire yourself out.
  • You're going to bruise because the rope will eventually smack you in the leg, arm or tush. Expect little bruises and wear them proud like a true athlete!
  • If you mess up, JUST RELAX. Jumping rope is hard. Give it another swing and remember that short bursts make for a great workout. So it's OK to start and stop.

 

A Giveaway & why YOU should be somebody's reason's to SMILE...

Enter my C9 jump rope giveaway by simply leaving a comment in the comments section telling me how you've recently been "somebody's reason to smile". Why do I ask this question? Because I think it's a solid purpose to have in life. I am so thankful to the people in my life who make me smile, whether it's related to love, friendship or work. It's an amazing feeling and IT'S CONTAGIOUS. So pay it forward!

Emily (my asst) and Anna (my intern) had me smiling on the way to Live From The Couch. And that's what put me in the right state of mind to laugh it up on camera. Like I said, it's a solid purpose to have in life. Now go win yourself some jump ropes! 2 winners will be picked on August 30th, 2013. Good luck!

 

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit

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5 comments
Liz Stark August 15th, 2013 11:20PM

You always make working out look that much more fun. LOVED the segment!

How I've recently been someone's reason to smile: On my grandfather's 96th birthday last month, he said to me that, as his only granddaughter, I keep him living. He said, "If my eyes and hearing were still good, I'd be a rock star. I have all my marbles though. I'm lucky to have you, your mom and dad, and other family around for me. Talking with you everyday keeps me living." It was such a beautiful, touching thing to hear. I'm very blessed that I get to see him daily (he lives a few blocks away - his house is in the perfect location, I say) and I'm happy to know I can help my grandfather smile and stay a "young" 96.

MizzFIT August 16th, 2013 4:43AM

Hi Liz,

All I can say is WOW, that's pretty incredible. I don't think I ever made my grandparents feel that way although I did have a special relationship with my Abuelita (g'pa in Spanish) on my mom's side. He was a stoic man and I miss him lots.

Thanks Liz! You're entered for the giveaway!

xoxo,
Mizz

Zach Ludlow September 4th, 2013 8:50AM

My name is Zach Ludlow. I own CrossFit Great Salt Lake in Draper Utah. I have fallen in love with seeing people smile when they make even small steps at achieving their fitness goals. This fall we will again, hold a 100 member Paleo Challenge for 60 days. Some have even started already and in one week, my client Dale W. has already lost 12 pounds. He was so excited, he came to the GYM Twice today.

Don't wait for another day to achieve your goals. A year from now, you'll wish you had started TODAY.

MizzFIT September 4th, 2013 9:26AM

To the 2 people who commented: You're both winners! How convenient! Haha! Wish more people would have written something but oh well, it makes the selection process easier on me this way :)

Zach and Liz, congratzz on winning the 2 giveaway jump ropes from C9. I will reach out to you via your emails to get your info and get you both jumping rope in no time! Thank you so much for telling me your amazing stories!

xoxo,
MizzFIT

MizzFIT September 4th, 2013 9:27AM

Zach,

I don't own a gym but I can totally relate to that feeling of making people smile through the gift of fitness. I love that you are inspiring people to lose weight and reach goals they never thought they could. Thank you for becoming a part of the fitness industry and for changing peoples' lives. You rock!

-MizzFIT

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