Rope and Mat


When you approach sport, you absolute need to gather some technical knowledge in order:

  1. Not to injure for inexperience;
  2. Maximize your job and get faster to results.

When you approach rope, for instance, as all ropes are different, if you are a beginner you need a better rope, than a professional. Notwithstanding what a lot of people say, it is exactly at the beginning that you need the best tools, because when you become an expert, you will be able to manage almost any tool easily.

For this reason I suggest to buy one of those technical ropes having a variable end, so that you can find the right length of the rope. Length matters. You need to find the right length according to your height. Making nodes is not the same, because the rope will not turn properly.


What activity will you do on the mat?

There are different mats with different stuffs and height. The mat is as important as shoes for running and wheels for cars and motorbike: it is the surface on which you ground.

  • For yoga: the mat must be thin, maximum 4 mm, and it must be antigrip, as you have to “push the pavement away” and you can not stop;
  • For Pilates and stretching: the mat can be higher and with memory effect as a mattress, as you only will make some stretching positions and need comfortable pavement. Many people doing pilates are aged or are not used to real upside down of body and spine, therefore a comfortable 8 mm mat is better for spine.
  • Tissues mat: tissues usually have no grip unless you use them wet and unless they have plastic antigrip balls under or angles to to be out on a polymeric mat. I would not suggest tissues mat as first mat, but as second or third, when your activity and ability starts increasing in awareness.
  • Cork mats: they are a few, because they are among the most expensive and less aesthetically nice, but technically they should be the best ones. Naturally antigrip and absorbing sweat, ipoallergenic, you could stay on the mat for hours without getting any irritation.

About cleaning: if you are delicate, the mat is not for you and gyms are not for you. Laying on a pavement and sweating on a pavement will always put you in contacts with bacteria. If you are too delicate for this, you would better choose any standing activity in any cleaned space.

What nobody tells you, ladies, is that the big difference between attending a lesson of fitness without specific coreography, step, or making functional circuit (if not at high level) instead di jumping rope, is that:

1. jumping rope shapes all your body from down up, starting from calves therefore if you need better calves, jumping rope is great;

2. to cross the rope under you, you need to take measures with your body proportions. If you have short arms or long, it matters. Stay low with arms and open wide when you are low. Wrists also can help, you have to find the right flexibility. You need concentration to cross the rope while jumping. Therefore jumping rope trains concentration too and patience, as any time you fail, you need to keep calm to start again. It is like a mantra. Yes, jumping rope is like a mantra and I am practicing it more often since when I felt the mantra arising from deep inside.

3. Jumping rope obliges you to find coordination inside 1 square meters, therefore it is preliminary also to dance, step aerobics and other coordination activity. If you do not suffer of back pain and you have already a good pumping heart, then choose rope to enhance coordination in all your body standing. Or try rope to test your level of endurance and coordination.

I invite yoga instructors to face fitness to verify their standards, too.

After rope, you can defatigate relaxing on Cyclette that will flow down your legs and back witouht charging lumbar.
After Cyclette you can proceed with Yoga from standing.

If you started your training with rope and Cyclette, then you do not need EnhancedYoga with weights, but a nice flow with stretching and realigning movements.
Up to the time you have to add a series o crunches on the plank, or if to exercise an throughout yoga.

Do not combine rope and EnhancedYoga unless you are a real athlete and unless you feel really strong, as the charge on joints becomes really serious after having jumped rope.

Jumping rope, seriously, is high impact on joints and spine. Any postural asymmetry you may have will cause you pain the day after.

It seems light when you see those guys lightly jumping as they were joking, but it’s not. I never do lease than 20 minutes, half an hour jumping and I feel the effect.

Indirectly, jumping has effect on AB and glutes. You need serious motivation to jump rope and you need the right music or better silence.

If you are not ready to whip signs on your body (they burn as fire for one second), then dress all your body with a jumpsuit and tight your hair straight up or down, because while moving, they can hurt and deviate the rope. You have to avoid large clothes and be as much aerodynamics as possible, at least when you are a beginner and you do not manage space.

When you need to pump immediately your methabolism, then jumping rope is like being at a light cross with your car and push on the accelerator at maximum as soon as the green comes out. Rope accelerates everything with immediate effects. If you are not fit enough for rope, the day after you will stay in bed.

This is what nobody says about jumping rope.

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