This evening I went over to MIT as I had signed up for a jump rope class, or skipping as we called it in South Africa. The class runs once a week for half an hour and will run for 1 month only. I decided to do it because this is the kind of plyometric training that will hopefully give me the quick leg turnaround on those stairs.
I like skipping. In fact, I do so regularly. Admittedly I do not do more than 5 minutes, because the astonished stares from the cats is very hard to ignore. But skipping has served me well, and when I saw this class, I thought I could learn some fancy, new moves.
There were 9 women and 1 bloke there tonight. Four people had never skipped in their lives, so they stood in front so that the teacher could help them, whilst the rest of us skipped away merrily. It was great fun, and I enjoyed it. I learnt 2 new moves: the first being how to do a figure of 8 from side to side and then open it up to immediately start skipping without breaking the rhythm. The second is to do star jumps whilst skipping!
Prior to this I could only do 'regular' skipping (like a boxer) and 'skiing' (moving from side to side). I have not quite gotten the double star jump move she showed us, but she also exhorted us to practise.
I had such a great time as well as a terrific workout, that I am hoping to spread the love, by having a jump rope giveaway. Just share your best/worst jump rope story here, or if you have never jumped rope before, why would you like to try it. The winner will be chosen by the random selector. Final entries by Friday 15th January.