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Oxygen Health & Fitness
Skipping is a challenging and fun exercise for improving your cardiovascular system and burning calories. Jumping rope engages your whole body, with emphasis particularly on your calves. Incorporating rope skipping into your workout program can speed fat-burning and boost stamina, while sculpting lean legs and a toned torso.
Skipping can build both endurance and power. To focus on increasing endurance, you should jump for long periods of 3-5 minutes at a time with a steady pace. For power, jump rope as fast as you can, in short bursts that last only 20 seconds to a minute. This is typical for our FitChicks who often use skipping as a high intensity “finisher” to make sure they leave nothing in the tank at the end of a tough session. Other benefits of skipping include better balance, coordination, timing and agility.
Skipping can burn 372 calories in just 30 minutes for a 70kg person, which may just help you in your quest to lose weight. Your results will of course be dependent on your diet, your commitment and your size, though. Simply adding a skipping session daily doesn’t guarantee you’ll see changes on the scale.
Have fun with it, practice different styles
The best way to get better at skipping is, like most things, practice! Skipping can be a fun way to improve your fitness so practice different styles and figure out what works best for you. Standard jumps, high knees, boxer’s shuffle, scissors, double unders – it’s a never ending list just get in and have a go!
FitChicks ready to go for Gold!
This week’s highlight goes to our entire bunch of hard-working FitChicks. The Power Clean, which can be a fairly intimidating exercise with heavy weights, has been dominated by these girls over the past few weeks. Should make for an interesting week and a half coming up as we combine it with another one of the exercises they’ve been working on, to compete in the Clean & Jerk during our Oxywealth Games event.
FitChick transformations are all about confidence
Again I have to send a big shout out to ALL our FitChicks who have overcome some big mental hurdles of late to lift some big, heavy weights. Everything many women have learnt to believe about weight training is that lifting will make them big, bulky and masculine. Turns out that working hard and lifting heavy is making them look fit, toned and more feminine than ever! Love your work girls!