I’m a big fan of boxing.
Everything from the hardcore training to the actual fights.
This past November, I went to my first live fight.
I live in Miami, FL where a boxing event is rare.
So when I heard about the fight, I immediately bought my tickets.
One of my favorite things to watch are the epilogues which are special episodes showing the boxers training and preparation for their upcoming fight.
You get to see what they do daily to prepare both their mind and body.
One thing I noticed was they always jump rope.
In every single epilogue, there will be at least one scene showing each boxer jumping rope.
What intrigued me was that it appeared to be such a simple exercise.
In all honesty, I felt it was meaningless.
…But what did I know, I hadn’t jumped rope since I was in elementary school.
So I decided to do research and figure out the purpose of the exercise.
Why do all boxers do it?
What’s the science behind the jump rope?
I discovered there are in fact many benefits.
- improved stamina
- quicker reflexes
- muscle toning
- fast fat burning
…And ALL these things greatly benefit a boxer.
A boxing match is a vigorous event which requires good stamina to prevent you from tiring early, quicker reflexes so you can see and dodge a punch from your opponent, muscle toning to keep agile, strong, and fast, and fat burning to maintain your weight-class weight.
It’s no wonder all boxers swear by the jump rope.
So I decided to buy my own and give it a try.
As soon I started jumping rope, I immediately understood why all boxers do it.
You literally get a full-body workout.
Jumping rope requires you to use just about every muscle in your body.
You use your shoulders, chest, and arms to hold the rope in place as you turn it.
You use your abs and back to hold your body in an upright position.
And you use your calves, hamstrings, and glutes to perform each jump.
But even more interesting were the additional benefits I experienced.
As I continued to get better and jumped rope more often; I experienced two great things:
1) Massive increase in the size of my calve muscles
2) Appearing taller
Now, I’m not telling you I grew 4-5 inches in height.
However, after hearing it from a couple people that I looked a slight bit taller, I decided to do research to see if anyone else experienced this same benefit from jumping rope.
After all, I’m 28 and am pretty sure I’m done growing physically.
My research lead me to discover that there were other people who also had the same experience with jumping rope
…And the reason why it happens is simple.
How it Works
The science behind jumping rope and appearing taller is that it improves your posture.
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Jumping rope is a workout that doesn’t allow you to perform it incorrectly.
It’s a self-correcting exercise.
If your form is bad, the rope will get caught on your feet when you jump.
For every successful jump you perform, you can be sure that your form was correct.
The correct form for jumping rope requires you to pull your shoulders back and hold your spine straight.
Over time, you begin developing this upright posture which not only helps you look a LOT better but also makes you a bit taller.
Try it right now…
Stand up, pull your shoulders back and hold your spine straight.
You’ll instantly feel the difference.
And if you think adding just an inch or two won’t make a difference, trust me it does.
You can get a jump rope just about anywhere for less than $10.
It’s a workout you can perform at home, the park, on vacation, while waiting in line at the store (please don’t).
You’ll notice how jumping rope leaves you drenched in sweat, melts fat off your body quickly, and how your posture begins to improve the more you do it.
Most people have bad posture due to the way they sit or how they’ve unconsciously held themselves over time when they walk.
Today, most people are developing forward head posture from constantly looking down at their phone.
If you want to improve your posture and get a kick-ass workout simultaneously; I highly recommend you begin jumping rope.
I use to use the Valeo Jump Rope but noticed that it began stretching overtime.
However, the Boxing Training Jump Rope maintains its size, is easy to hold and spin, and is durable.
After all, it’s the one the pros use.
In closing, I highly recommend this workout to everyone as the overall health and physical appearance benefits are too good to pass up.
Not just these 2 benefits, but the fact that jumping rope is cheap and easy to perform anywhere makes it, in my opinion, one of top workouts available.