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11 months ago
'I Tried Jumping Rope Every Day For 2 Weeks–Here's What Happened'

I’ve always thought the jump rope was a totally underrated piece of equipment. Sure, we all loved it when we were kids, but unless you’re a CrossFitter or regularly box your way around a ring, it’s rare to find one incorporated into a workout. Eve Overland, celebrity personal trainer, says that’s a mistake. And she would know: She helps Carrie Underwood stay in tip-top shape while on the road. (PS: Here’s what Carrie does to get those incredibly strong arms.)

“A jump rope is such an amazing piece of equipment, but oftentimes overlooked,” she says. “It’s affordable, portable, and you don’t need a whole lot of space to get in a great workout.”

In fact, Overland says she has Carrie use one on the reg. “Carrie is in incredible [shape] and is always up for an extra challenge,” she says. “Often, we will jump rope in between lifting sets as [a form of] active recovery.”

Jumping rope has some pretty baller benefits, too. Not only is it great for cardiovascular endurance and a major calorie burner (you can scorch between 10 and 16 cals per minute when jumping at a moderate pace, says Overland), but you can also use it to strengthen ankle and foot-stabilizer muscles, improve hand-eye coordination, and increase your power output, speed, agility, and balance.

All of these reasons are why I decided to take on a two-week challenge of jumping rope every single day, for at least 10 minutes. Whether it was part of my warmup, mixed into my routine, or the only sweat I worked up that day, I committed to hop over a rope, over and over, on the reg. Here’s what I learned.

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