Say hello to your new most favorite traveling workout buddy…
This post comes from our dear friend and Australian fitness instructor, Tanya Poppett.
Skipping is a fun and effective way to get a great workout without breaking the bank. Their light weight means that they can be packed and taken pretty much wherever you go… say hello to your new travel buddy. This workout is the perfect mix of strength and cardio to get your heart rate up and your muscles burning. In each mini set we will be alternating between one cardio-based exercise and one strength-focused exercise.
Set One: Complete 4 rounds
Skipping (60 seconds) This set is all about getting that heart rate up, staying quick and light on your feet. Find a rhythm and gradually increase your speed.
Plank Walks (30 seconds) We’re working the upper body and core with this move. Pull up through the belly button and squeeze your glutes to lock your core on. Stay strong as you move your hands over the rope trying not to let your hips drop. Move fast but with control.
Set Two: Complete 4 rounds
High Knees Skipping (60 seconds) We’re bringing our knees up on this next set, elevating that heart rate and working that coordination. Again, stay light on your feet and work your way into a rhythm.
Russian Twists (30 seconds) This is another great move for the core and upper body. We are creating our own resistance with the skipping rope by keeping it pulled at full tension throughout the move. Pull up through your belly button to engage your abdominals and remember to breathe, exhaling as you twist.
Set Three: Complete 4 Rounds
Single Leg Skips (60 seconds — 30 seconds each side) You are going to feel a good burn in those calves and glutes with this move. Again, we need to stay light on those feet, trying to use quick bursts of power from our lower body. If you are having difficulties working into a rhythm, first try the move without the rope.
Squat Raise (30 seconds) These squats will help develop strength and mobility. We’re using the rope to create our own resistance, keeping our shoulders relaxed as we pull from either end. When performing squats, remember to keep the weight in the back of the heels, push out with your knees to engage your glutes and keep your chest lifted.
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