Skipping Rope is still one of the best ways to burn fat and get fit!

Skipping for super fast weight loss

I know I’ve said it before but skipping is one of the best ways to burn fat!

Why is skipping so good?

I went out and bought a brand new leather boxing skipping rope on the weekend and I have been torturing myself with rope jumping ever since. This simple form of exercise is so effective I might never go for a run again (kidding)!

For a long time I had been using a primary school grade plastic skipping rope that would always be tangled and would morph into whatever shape I left it lying in. It would whip me in the back of the neck and tangle up under my feet – it drove me nuts!

So, I went to Amart, I big sports store in Australia, and bought a new leather rope for under $20. As soon as I took it out of the pack it went into a normal shape and as such didn’t hit me or tangle me at all. I have found that my skipping has gotten faster and my workouts harder since using this new rope. I also find I am working out longer because I don’t spit the dummy and walk away in complete frustration because the rope has whipped me so many times I can no longer feel my feet.

Skipping is great because it brings your whole body into the exercise and thus burns more fat. Your shoulders start to hurt from spinning the rope, your forearms have to hold on, your abs have to steady your body and your calfs and upper legs have to do the jumping. It is a total body workout that you get standing on one spot!

However, skipping is not only good for increasing your heart rate as a cardio exercise, I also find it helps the strength, endurance and growth of my muscles. This means that you get a aerobic and an anerobic exercise in one. Perfect!

My favorite skipping rope

This is the skipping rope I bought on the weekend and have had much success with. It is cheap and well made. The handles make a little bit of noise when you spin them but you hardly notice it when you are skipping. Most of you will have your iPods in your ears anyway!

The handles have bearings in them which make the rope spin easier and it also means the rope doesn’t get tangled. The leather is heavy and thus spins faster than a regular rope.

It is 9 foot long which is about perfect for anyone under 6 foot tall. If you are above 6 foot then you need to find a longer rope. The general rule of thumb is that if you stand on the rope and the handles come up to your underarms then it is the perfect length.

About Katie

Katie has transformed her body from a flabby 186lbs, to a fit & toned 124 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Katie joined the Lean Curves team in 2007 and has posted hundreds of articles on fitness, fat loss and healthy eating.


  1. Paddy says:

    I’ve just purchased a jump robe and find skipping to be quite a work-out. Could you explain further, though, buying the the correct length? It’s hard for me to envision how the handles of a nine-foot rope would come up to my armpits when I’m only 5 feet tall. I did buy a nine-foot rope, but ended up cutting about two feet from it to get the handles at a reasonable length. Thanks. Really love your blog and learn so much from it.

  2. RT says:

    Hi Paddy.

    The reason a nine foot rope fits you is because when you stand on the middle half the rope goes up one side and half up the other side. So, effectively, you have about 4.5 feet either side of your body reaching up to your arm pits.

    Glad you like the blog. Let me know if there is anything else I can help with. Oh! And let us know how your skipping goes!

  3. Sandhya says:

    I need to clear some points concerning skipping. I did try to skip once and after some 10mins, I felt an emptiness in the head, kind of dizzyness and nausea, is this normal?? Another thing is that, I love skipping but I find it very difficult to do it as I have to go to the bathroom after every 5mins. I think it is due to childbirth where i was forced to push on the pelvic floor. Is there any other exercise as good as skipping?

  4. Suchi says:


    I am planning to do skipping. My pelvic floor muscles are very weak after i gave birth to my 2 children. Is the skipping good for me?

  5. CA says:


    I was skipping 100 skips divided into 50 each, with about a half minute rest in-between. I wore takkies and done it on paving.

    I was doing this everyday and developed a really bad lower backache – it was really painful to bend and sit.

    What was I doing wrong? I am now doing Tae Bo and strenth training, alternating between the two, six days a week, and no backache.


  6. Emily says:

    I think that skipping’s a great idea, how fast wil it burn fat?

  7. sean says:

    hi Ca one of the reasons why u have back pane could be because when ur working ur legs so much u use ur hamstring and therefore tightens up id u dont stretch it, it effects ur lower back and middle are back, id advise to see the physo, i had the same problem. for the moment id suggest try stretching ur hamstrings ud be amased at the results


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