We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Self here on FitSugar!
Back in the day, when we played double-dutch on the playground (or some simpler incarnation of that), we hardly cared about the value of the workout. All we cared about was having fun. It turns out that jumping offers a lot more than a good time: in fact, depending on the type of jumping exercise you choose, you can get a cardio and strength building workout simultaneously.
From jump roping to squat jumps to trampoline classes, for regular gym rats and even Hollywood A-listers, jumping is the new black.
I. Jump Roping
Celebrity trainer Marco Reed — who authored upcoming book The Get Beyond Fit 3+1 Diet based on his lauded nutrition programs — integrates jumping into the majority of his personal training and popular outdoor workout classes.
In fact, jumping rope is one of his favorite exercises to incorporate. "It's been around for a long time with athletes, but I think it's become more popular with everyone else lately. I even see jump roping classes popping up." Reed is right, if celebrity fans like Katy Perry are any indicator and classes like Aerojump at NYC's Aerospace. Read on to find out why Reed thinks you should be jumping.