If anyone could be considered the guru of jumping rope, it’s Buddy Lee. A 1992 Olympian in wrestling and a retired Marine, Lee has put on over 6,000 jump rope demonstrations in 50 countries. He is the author of Jump Rope Training, which is now in its second printing (2010, Humankinetics.com).
Although it’s a training method that has been forgotten or at least neglected by those interested in developing physical and athletic fitness, Lee says that jumping rope offers many benefits, including the following:
• Increased wrist, ankle and knee strength
• Conditioning of your back, shoulders and chest
• Increased gripping strength
• Improved posture
• Increased proprioception in your feet and ankles
• Increased strength in your calves and quadriceps
• Improvements in vertical leap, lateral shifting and start speed
• Stimulation of your vestibular system, which improves balance
• Reduced stretch-shortening cycle, which reduces the time it takes the muscles to contract, leading to improved reaction times, speed, quickness and power
• Increased burning of fat through recruitment of multiple muscle groups and engagement of multiple energy systems
• Improved concentration, which reduces your energy expenditure, increases your endurance and improves your performance
Jump Rope Training is divided into three parts: Jump Rope Training Progression, Jump Rope Training Programs, and Supplemental Uses for Jump Rope Training. Included are sport specific training programs for more than 40 sports.
So what are you waiting for? Run, don't walk (or skip), to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Buddy Lee’s Jump Rope Training!