As I’ve mentioned once or twice before, I get a lot of e-mails asking me to post information, to review books or products, or to allow a guest post with just a link included. The majority of them I pass on — it’s pretty clear that they’ve not actually read anything I’ve written — but I have received a handful of books recently that I have enjoyed and will be sharing with you. For anything that I review, the only compensation I receive is the item itself — I am not paid for any of these reviews, and the opinions are all mine.
Ultimate Jump Rope Workouts. Heck, even if they’re not the ultimate, I was curious about jump rope workouts anyway. I can definitely use jumping rope in my personal and group training, so I figured the copy would be worth perusing, even if I only picked up one or two little things.
This book is great.
It’s written by two friends, Brett Stewart and Jason Warner, and is written in a very conversational tone. Super easy to read. Not a bunch of technical language. (The only word in it that I noted as “industry language” was proprioception.)
First, they introduce themselves and sell you on jumping rope as a worthy activity. (The case for using this as a cornerstone of your exercise regimen — or as your entire exercise regimen — was easily made.)
Then they go through all the basics: what type and length of rope to use for your purposes, how to hold it and turn it, what to expect from your body if you’re a beginner. Following are three 4-week workout programs (prep, basic, and advanced), following a 3-days-per-week schedule. These include what type of jump and for how long. Also included are other exercises, making these programs full-body workouts. And they’re all short: 10 to 15 minutes.
The remainder of the book details the different jumps and the other exercises. Instructions are very thorough, include lots of pictures, and are easy to understand. To me, this is super-important. Giving written directions for exercises is always a bit tricky — it’s easier just to show you, but in print, that’s not possible. They did a nice job working around the limitations of print media.
The book is short; you can read the whole thing in a couple of hours at the most.
I was intrigued enough by the workouts that I have started the prep program. I am not always doing the other exercises that go along with, as I am doing other strength training and need to let muscles rest, but I am doing all of the jumping in the proportions suggested. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
So far: it’s not until the last couple of minutes that I don’t want to turn a rope any more and my feet are not interested in leaving the ground. But doable. Very doable. Just need to do it. And 10 minutes! You can power through 10 minutes!
Overall: highly recommend!