The app also monitors my progress and I can earn special badges for consecutive workouts.
Three years ago, I upgraded from a leather jump rope that had weighted handles to a modern rope system. I invested quite a bit of money to buy the Crossrope system. The set provides one pair of handles that link to ropes of various weights. I have four different ropes to choose from. There is a quarter-pound, half-pound, one-pound and two-pound size. I also bought a specialized mat to minimize the impact on my knees. I have shoes designed to also reduce the stress on my feet and ankles. These ropes won’t knot, tangle or fray and swing very smoothly. Once I bought the better system, I improved my jump rope skills. I can now do criss-crosses, double jumps, single foot jumps and all sorts of tricks. One of my favorite things about the jump rope system is that it came with a free app for my phone. The app includes a selection of guided workouts that encompass beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Some of the workouts are strictly centered around jump rope skills. Some incorporate lunges, push-ups, abdominal crunches, burpees, frog jumps and more. I like following instructions and adhering to timed sessions of exercise and rest. Some of these programs are super strenuous. When I finish, the app provides the number of calories I’ve burned. The app also monitors my progress and I can earn special badges for consecutive workouts. I recently achieved a badge for fifteen weeks in a row. The app motivates me and doesn’t let me be lazy. Because of the app, I’ve burned a great deal of calories, built endurance and increased strength.