This is a training blog post by Grant Lofthouse
Skipping is one of the best things you can do if you want to get ripped without cardio, improve fitness, or just overall athleticism. Period.
And compared to running, running doesnâ??t even come to close. And that statement is not being biased because
of cardio haters… Well maybe just a little.
Why running sucks
Due to sedentary lifestyles;Â sitting in a chair, on theÂ couch and in the carÂ for most of the day. The average person has terrible posture.
If this person decides that one of their goals for this year is to exercise and get into shape. Usually their first option is to start running.
Now Iâ??m all up for people exercising and getting into shape. But I would rather them do it the most safest way.
Jumping straight into a running program is usually going to cause a few problems and hereâ??s whyâ?¦
- Posture only getâ??s worse. Their day to day living of slumped shoulders and forward head lean is only going to carry over to their running posture. And if anything it gets worse.
Iâ??ve found that even people with good posture will still run with crappy technique. And this is typically owed to the next pointâ?¦
- Crappy foot wear. Runners encourage you to land with your heel first rather than the ball of your foot thanks to that nice juicy heel. The heel is not suppose to take on at least 2 times your body weight with each landing.
Take these two things â?? bad posture and bad running mechanics and apply at least two times your bodyweight in force and guess what we get over a period of time.
Why skipping rules
If you take the exact same person with bad posture and hand them a skipping rope, some amazing things will happen without even saying one word.
First thing will happen is that the â??skippieâ?? will automatically push their chest out and pull their shoulders back into perfect posture.
Secondly the â??skippieâ?? will stay on the balls of their feet the entire time.
And remember this is without me saying one word.
So from a trainers perspective I absolutely love this because it makes my job a hell of a lot easier.
Running vs. Skipping for cardio
If you skip for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds and repeat for 10-15 minutes. You will be absolutely gassed! And thatâ??s even just at a fairly low intensity.
To get the same effect you would need to run for at least 30+ minutes, unless you go balls out.
For the above reasonsâ?¦ this is why I think skipping is better than running.
Still not clear? Check out this videoâ?¦
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