Remember when you do were a kid and exercise was just called “play”? Well, the North Carolina company Cross rope would like to make this fun feeling work up a sweat again. With a set of weighted ropes connected to a dedicated mobile app, the company’s home workout system can help you get fit again. (Oh my god, I’m so sorry.)

Outside of the playground, the skipping rope has long been a foundation for endurance and footwork training for boxing and is becoming increasingly popular in fitness centers to quickly improve endurance and coordination of the cardiovascular system. With the advent of CrossFit, the skipping rope has gained in relevance. The double-under, where the rope runs twice under your feet with every jump, is one of the basic movements of CrossFit.

Not only can skipping ropes be a great cardio workout, but they can also build strength and stamina in your shoulders, forearms, and legs, especially when using a weighted skipping rope. Crossrope takes advantage of this by combining its weighted ropes with plyometric and body weight movements to create a fun and effective training system.

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Photo: Crossrope skipping ropes

Similar to CrossFit, Crossrope divides its offers into a tiered system, with each level appealing to people with different abilities and fitness goals.

The company’s $ 99 Get the Lean Bundle is geared towards weight loss and features slim handles, a quarter pound rope and a half pound rope. The $ 139 Get a strong bundle Designed for strength and muscle building, it includes thicker handles with an interchangeable 1-pound and 2-pound rope. There is also the whole pig Get Fit Bundle at $ 238, which includes both handles and all four ropes.

The ropes are of different lengths depending on their size. At 5 feet, 8 inches, the medium sized rope worked perfectly for me. The braided steel ropes are covered with a protective sheath that not only extends the life of the rope, but also prevents it from becoming tangled. The handles have a rubber coating and shape that prevent them from slipping during sweaty training sessions. The cables are attached to the handles with high quality bearings that allow smooth and fast spin. The handles are also equipped with a sophisticated quick-release system that makes it easier to switch between the differently weighted ropes during training. I would also suggest jumping for a jumping mat to keep your floor and rope undamaged.

Once you’re set up, check the Crossrope app for workouts. Crossrope Lite is the free version with ten free workouts and challenges as well as beginner tutorials and a fitness challenge for beginners. Crossrope Premium is $ 10 a month with access to every workout, the fitness challenges, the workout filtering options, and the new skipping rope counting mode which, as you can probably guess, counts your jumps.

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Photo: Crossrope skipping ropes