Of the various components of repetitive boxing training, jumping rope is probably my favourite. Running on the treadmill is my least favourite.
Skipping is not something I have to struggle with to learn, it’s something I have to repeat to get better at.
I don’t recall skipping much as a child, because it was so long ago, before lolcats and the interwebs. I know I sucked at skipping with other people, but I generally don’t do well in group situations.
I have always been of the opinion that skipping is a better activity than running.I hold this opinion to be a universal truth. My universe. My rules.
I’m actually not against running once I’m past the first kilometre or mile. I am finding running on a treadmill at the gym a little monotonous.
Running gives me a sense of accomplishment because there’s a destination. It also gets to a point of calm and peace once you go far enough.
Treadmill…no journey no destination. No zen. Just really crappy sports news highlights on repeat and watching my reflection in the gym window. Also, between the thirsty gym humans, and the incessant demand for a treadmill by other people- it sort of feels like the rat race to get nowhere.
I realise this sounds kind of whiney and I should resolve to stay on course. But honestly, running on a treadmill is the human equivalent of a hamster on a wheel.
I used to skip a lot more than I do now.
It was my warm up, without fail whenever I wanted to box. – this is back before the Karate Kid (my first instructor) and Sir Strange came into the picture and I was on my own. It was 20mins or 500 skips, depending on my mood and how badly I was heaving.
I enjoy skipping because of it doesn’t feel like work the way running feels like work. It doesn’t require much space and besides the rope, I don’t need any additional equipment.
Also, let’s not lie, there is something inherently satisfying about skipping for a continuous period of time and doing little tricks that looks really cool.
I also feel like I jiggle less when skipping as opposed to running.
Having consulted Uncle Google on the very important debate of running versus skipping, turns out skipping is the bees knees.
Here’s the fun and possibly useless stuff about skipping rope I’ve learnt:
1. It improves stamina and endurance. – bounce, bounce, bounce,bounce. BOUNCE. You get it right?
2. Footwork – because you’re conditioned by the bouncing to stay on the balls of your feet, it sticks around after the fact. It becomes easier to stay light and fast. I’ll testify to this, I was a helluva lot faster when I skipped regularly.
3. Coordination. – so, and I didn’t know this, skipping uses more than just your lower half and with more involvement than I figured. Getting every part of your body to work together so you jump over an object that is moving towards you, at a pace that you individually set and can vary almost unconsciously change, takes a degree of coordination.
4. It becomes easier to throw punch combinations. So, apparently all this coordinated bouncing helps you get your balance, weight distribution whilst moving, and doing different things with different body parts down hence combo joy. – my footwork is still shit, so that can fuck right off.
5. Skipping ropes will make useful weapons for unruly humans. Just putting it out there for the next family reunion…