Mesmerizing, sensuous, intelligent, vibrant and elegant are just a few of the adjectives that describe Kate Hudson.

But you already knew that, right?

Kate Hudson is an American actress who rose to prominence in 2000 for playing Penny Lane in Almost Famous, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Raising Helen (2004), The Skeleton Key (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Fool’s Gold (2008), and Bride Wars (2009). Hudson also co-founded Fabletics, a fitness brand and membership program operated by JustFab. article, photo article, photo

Here is what you may not know.

Kate loves to jump rope for exercise.

The dynamic global news source confirms this. “Most women have a mobile phone, chewing gum and some scrunched up receipts languishing at the bottom of their handbags, but not the perfectly toned Ms. Kate Hudson. article, photo article, photo

Kate’s handbag stable is a skipping rope, which she whips out for a play at every opportunity. Well, you don’t get a body like that playing Candy Crush.

Kate’s skipping obsession was revealed by her personal trainer Nicole Stuart in a recent interview in Look magazine.”

If you are a female athlete, did you realize that along with your often practiced fitness routine that you might want to consider jumping rope? There are many benefits to doing so. article, photo article, photo

Why don’t we bounce over to the energetic site and they explain, “The medium impact of jumping rope increases bone density, but isn’t as hard on your joints as running because the impact of each jump is absorbed by both legs. In fact, according to Dr. Daniel W. Barry, a researcher who has studied the bones of the elderly and of athletes, the latest studies show simply jumping is one of the very best exercises for improving bone density.”

Really good to know.

So what’s the first step in incorporating jumping rope into your program? article, Howcast rope article, Howcast rope

The powerful site educates, “First, you need to purchase a quality rope. I recommend a light weight plastic speed rope. In my opinion, these ropes are more effective than heavier leather ropes and weighted ropes. The speed rope will allow you to maintain a much faster spinning pace. You can find a quality rope at most sporting goods stores or through any boxing equipment supplier.

After you find a good rope, you need to find a place to use it. I recommend jumping rope on a shock absorbent surface such as a wood floor, gym mat, outdoor track or tennis court. If you train at a boxing gym, you may wish to jump rope inside the ring. The ring surface is forgiving to the ankles and feet.”

An inter-locking foam mat and a quality pair of cross training tennis shoes are also a plus.

Okay rope jumping newbie. Are you ready to get started? We have an easy to learn from writer ready to instruct.


By Anna Dornier       

When was the last time you ever picked up a jump rope? Most people have not done this type of training since they were in grade school and I am also guilty of that. I used to not like them because I am not very coordinated when it comes to anything that moves especially when it involves ropes and balls. But, I found that doing a jump rope workout is very effective when it comes to getting a great cardiovascular exercise and losing weight. So, if you have not used it in a while, this would be a good time to start especially if your goal is to lose some stubborn fat.

Reasons Jump Rope Training Works

This type of training accelerates your heart rate higher than running at a steady state. If you think about it, you can control whether you can run faster or slower but the rope takes a fraction of a second before it goes under your feet and it comes back again very quickly. Also, you are using more energy when you jump with both feet because you are basically lifting your whole body off the ground instead of with one foot at a time when you run. You are also using your hands while you are holding the rope handles which adds more work to your workout. With some jump ropes types, you can even add a small weight to the handles to add even more resistance. More work means more calories burned.

Common Mistakes in Jump Rope Training

You might think that this is simple. You just jump and pull the rope around you multiple times right? Yes, it can be that simple but I do see a lot of mistakes that people make when using the jump rope for the first time since grade school. First, you want to make sure that you keep your elbows close to the side of your body. Some people make the mistake of lengthening their arms and extending it out to the side. This mistake shortens the rope which is one reason that the rope gets caught on your feet. The other common mistake is double jumping. This happens when people try to jump one more time after the rope passed their feet. You should only jump once the rope goes through your feet. Double jumping is unnecessary and a waste of energy. Lastly, the rope length should not be too long for your height. To test for proper length, step on the rope with one foot and hold the handles with your hands. The top of the handles should be at your arm pit and not higher. This will the perfect rope length for you.

How to Do a Jump Rope Workout

So now that you have learned how to use the jump rope properly, here is a sample workout you can do. The workout is designed with alternating high intensity and low intensity intervals which is formally called High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. HIIT is very effective for fat loss. First, warm-up with a light jog, running in place, or jumping jacks for about 3-5 minutes. Next, jump rope for 30 seconds followed with 30 seconds of a light jog to recover. This is one interval. Repeat the interval sequence for another 6-8 rounds for a full workout. Cool down after you’re done with your workout. You can make this harder by increasing the time that you use the jump rope, decrease your recovery time (the light job part), jump rope at a faster speed or perform more intervals.

Jump rope training is a cheaper, more effective way to get cardiovascular training and lose fat at the same time. This is one more way to get your workout done without the expense of a gym membership or the time that it takes for you to get to the gym. When you add this to your training, you would not have an excuse not to workout anymore because you can conveniently workout anywhere at any time.

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About the author

Anna Dornier is a fitness blogger and personal trainer who discusses fat loss strategies that have worked for her in the past while also keeping up to date with current fitness trends that deliver results. You can get your free 4-week Fat Loss plan which outlines what she did to lose stubborn belly fat by visiting clicking here.

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