Monday 17 February 2014


High Intensity Interval Training is good for your heart
High Intensity Interval Training is good for your heart

Why is skipping perfect for High Intensity Interval training? - 5 Reasons

 

Our focus as a company is on the wonderful benefits that skipping brings to the lives of schoolchildren up and down the UK but skipping is also a wonderful exercise for adults too.

In previous posts we have mentioned High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT – this week we want to focus on it and explain why skipping is perfect for it.

In simple terms HIIT involves a period of intense physical activity, then a short rest period and then another period of intense activity followed by another rest period. This is then repeated. One popular approach is called Tabata and is based on 4 minute workouts with 8 x 20 and 8 x 10 second segments of exercise and rest respectively. Dr. Izumi Tabata of Japan created Tabata interval training for his 1996 study published in the Journal of Medicine & Science. Many different exercises can be combined into a HIIT structure to produce a short intense workout and the approach is used by many elite athletes and Hollywood stars.

So why is skipping great for HIIT? Below are 5 reasons.

1. High Intensity - Skipping is a high intensity form of exercise.
2. Variety - There are a variety of skipping exercises that can form the exercise segments of the HIIT structure. Exercises such as: side to side, forward and back, criss-cross feet, heel & toe, running on the spot, double hops, scissors & one foot hops.
3. Easy transitions - Skipping only requires the rope and some space and this makes transitioning from rest to exercise very easy.
4. Full Body Workout - Skipping is a balanced full body workout whereas some HIIT programmes place too much emphasis on one body part.
5. Easy to learn - Skipping is easy to learn and open to all levels of physical ability meaning everyone can benefit from taking part.*

Do you want to incorporate skipping into your HIIT programmes? Visit our skip shop and you’ll soon be able to get started.

Want to book a skipping day for your school? Drop us a line via enquiries@skipping4schools.co.uk or give us a call on 01743 361863 and we will get you booked in.

We hope you have found this information inspirational.

Best regards,

Skipping 4 Schools Team

 

* If there is any doubt about whether you should be skipping because of prior health concerns please consult with your physician.

 

 

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