Serge Popovic

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Serge is the digital marketing specialist at Crossrope. He's also a fitness junkie, a jump rope ninja, and an espresso lover. You can find him hosting awesome fitness challenges over at his blog Bloom to Fit.

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Learn How to Jump Rope: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Jump Rope Training

Updated on August 17, 2018

So you're a jump rope beginner who wants to learn how to jump rope?

Perfect. Because you're in the right place. In fact, you've just stumbled across the complete jump rope training guide for beginners.

Seriously.

We're about to show you everything you need to know to get started with your jump rope training, no matter what your past experience or fitness level.

You will learn why you should be jumping in the first place, what rope you should be using, what techniques you should learn first, what exercises to get started with, and even how to build your very first jump rope workout.

Ready to get started? Let's get jumping.

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Jumping Rope vs Running: What to Do When Running is No Option

Updated on February 2, 2018

There's something unique about a runner’s high.

At times, there's nothing better than that sense of accomplishment from running further and faster than the day before.

But what happens when running isn't an option? What do you do?

There are a number of limitations when it comes time for the daily jog. Whether these limitations are imposed externally (poor weather, lengthy wait times at the gym) or internally (shin splints, overuse injuries), it’s always good to have a backup plan.

Especially if that backup plan is potentially more efficient and effective.

In today's post, we're going to dig into some of the differences between jumping rope vs running. We'll cover a few different scenarios where you might find the jump rope to be the better training option. Let's take a look.

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Top 10 Jump Rope Blog Posts of 2017

Published on December 27, 2017

We've had quite a busy year at Crossrope.

We launched our new Infinity Rope System, we expanded our little Crossrope team, and we grew our special Jump Rope Fitness Facebook Community to nearly 24,000 global members.

But we've also written some really useful articles (well, according to our readers).

To close out the year, we want to reflect on some of the best jump rope articles we've published this year. We hope that they'll come in handy for your own jump rope journey.

Let's look back at the top 10 jump rope posts of 2017.

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The Most Inspiring Jump Rope Stories of 2017

Published on December 22, 2017

2017 has been a fun and eventful year all around.

Inside our special jump rope fitness community, we've seen some incredible transformations, fitness achievements, and success stories come to life.

We've seen our customers do amazing things with their jump ropes.

And we want to use this opportunity to share some of our favorite jump rope stories in the hopes that they will inspire you to kick start next year's goals and resolutions early.

Let's take a look at the best jump rope stories from 2017. 

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Hesham’s Story: How Replacing Strength Training with Jump Rope Training Changed his Life

Published on December 08, 2017

"During my fourth semester, I was under a lot of stress. My blood pressure was high and I had a heart arrhythmia. At that time, I wasn’t training."

Hesham Al-ansi is a 29-year-old mechanical engineering student from Yemen, currently living in Germany.

Hesham never thought he would have a heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, or any kind of medical condition. He was an avid weightlifter for nearly a decade.

But a year ago, things changed.

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10 Jump Rope Workouts to Keep You Fit This Holiday Season

Published on November 29, 2017

With the holiday season upon us, staying motivated can be difficult.

The cold weather is making it tough to get out of the house and the endless Christmas parties and family dinners are making it harder to resist those tasty holiday treats.

(I think some of us are still recovering from Thanksgiving last week).

To help you stay fit this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 jump rope workouts from 2017 that you can do anywhere in under 20 minutes. 

Grab your ropes, a timer, and maybe a friend and let’s get to work.

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Val Lee: Overcoming an Obsession for the Scale with a Jump Rope

Published on November 24, 2017

“Save for my 3 kids, chocolate and sweets are the love of my life. The problem is that I was so obsessed with the numbers on the scale.”

Valerie ‘Val’ Lee is a 43-year-old stay at home mom of 3 living in the Maldives.

When she was younger, she used sports and exercise as a way to decompress. She ran, swam, and cycled regularly. But, as life got busier, exercise started to become less of a priority.

This is her story.

Over the years, Vale tried a few diets to keep her weight below 115 pounds, including various crash diets. But she wasn’t really happy. Not exercising had left her feeling flabby and with no stamina.

During Val’s third pregnancy (at 38 years old), Val found out she had gestational diabetes.

She was shocked and fell into a depression during her pregnancy. She went to a dietician, and their advice was to simply exercise. At 10-12 weeks of pregnancy, she was diagnosed with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which causes the pelvic bone to become enlarged. It was very painful and she couldn’t exercise.

“Doing simple things like getting in and out of the car and turning while sleeping was so painful. I couldn’t do these simple things let alone do any kind of exercise.”

The pain went on for six to nine months after her delivery. What made it worse was that she started experiencing back pains which lasted for 2 years post-delivery.

“When my baby turned 2, I just wanted to get something started. I started pilates, but after a while, I wanted to do something else because there was no cardio involved. I started running, but my knee started acted up. It was so painful. I went to the doctor, and I was told to stay off my leg.”

These physical issues led Val to become depressed.

She was 40 and getting older, she was in pain and couldn’t exercise, and what’s worse, she was going through perimenopause. She saw other women gaining weight because of menopause and perimenopause, and this launched her into action.

She started thinking of what she could do and thought back to her younger years when she jumped rope to keep the stress away. So she started looking into it again and decided to try jumping rope last December.

Val's favorite fitness tools.

Val's favorite fitness tools.

She started out by jumping sparsely because of travel engagements. She discovered that jumping rope didn’t affect knees and that you could do it anywhere.

When she started jumping, she noticed her knees weren’t acting up. In fact, they became stronger. She could climb the stairs and do things that were once painful and difficult.

One unexpected side effect was that she experienced urinary stress incontinence while jumping. She started getting worried, so she did some research and realized it was a common problem.

“I’m actually grateful for jumping because I would have never known about this if I hadn’t started. I’m glad I found out this way.”

She started doing pelvic floor muscles and exercises, and over time, she was able to gain control.

“I gained a lot of strength and stamina. I was even able to run one or two kilometers with my daughter, even though the doctors told me not to run.”

Val also discovered intermittent fasting. Initially, she considered fasting valuable for spiritual reasons. Eventually, she noticed her weight dropping, but she still wanted to be cautious about her diet. She saw her friend talking about her experience and how she lost weight.

Val tried it and kept eating as usual (no counting calories) and quickly noticed her weight dropping even more. She could finally enjoy her food and not worry about backsliding.

Val enjoying a treat

“I felt like I could eat and actually enjoy my food without being worried about overeating, counting calories, or worrying about my weight. I can finally enjoy a healthy, happy, and full life.”

Val turned to Youtube because she wanted to get better at performing advanced tricks and moves with her rope, specifically the alternate foot jump. She found Dr. Sara Solomon, and was impressed by her tricks. She also found the Jump Rope Dudes and they recommended that she check out Crossrope. She was having a lot of fun, but something was still missing.

“In the Maldives, I couldn’t tell anyone that I used jump ropes to exercise, people would roll their eyes. I was looking for something to do everyday and challenge myself, and I found it. But I was also looking for accountability.”

Val joined our jump rope fitness community in July.

She enjoys the group because it offers accountability and advice. People are happy to see her improve, and follow her progress. Her family was initially weirded out because they thought jump rope was for young people. Now, they pick up the ropes and join her. Even her husband joined in and he is constantly asking which rope is the best to jump with!

“So many groups are filled with negativity and tearing people down. This community is a very positive place and there is the occasional black sheep. I never encountered a group like this, it’s so motivating. So many people are encouraging.”

She is motivated by her jump rope peers in the community.

“Sylvie from France puts up a lot of freestyle videos. She looks graceful and looks like she’s dancing. I feel peaceful when I watch her videos. Also Vincent’s story was touching, and his videos are so fun, and he makes the impossible, possible.”

Val participated in her first 30-day challenge in August. She lost about 1.5 kg in the first challenge. She weighs herself every day and loses half a pound per week.

At the end of the challenge, she lost 3 and a half pounds and was disappointed. But when she went to wear her dresses, she felt very comfortable. She felt like she dropped a dress size.

“I did some research, and I saw that you can be lean and still weigh the same because of muscle mass. I’m slowly realizing that the numbers on the scale don’t matter as much.”

In mid-September, Val got her hands on the Starter Set.

Crossrope Starter Set

When she started using her new weighted ropes from Crossrope, she realized that she wasn’t tripping as much because the weight in the rope was giving her more feedback; she could feel where the rope was.

She has also noticed more definition in her forearms, biceps, and shoulders.

“I learned a lot more skills and tricks in a month and a half of having my Crossropes than in the 6 months with my previous rope.”

In terms of advice, Val would say that you should try not to be discouraged or give up. It’s okay to learn at your own pace. She used to watch a lot of YouTube videos and practiced the different moves and techniques, and eventually, it clicked.

“With encouragement from the community, it will be much easier. With constant comments, encouragement, and advice, it’s helpful.”

Val with her husband.

Looking towards the future, Val looks forward to every aspect of a healthy lifestyle.

And when it comes to jumping ropes, she wants to learn criss-crosses, side swings, and other tricks. She can’t do a full push up yet, so she wants to be able to challenge herself to do it with the right techniques. Her long-term goal is to be able to overcome menopause weight gain.

“If I focus on the lifestyle, I think I can do it.”

Val is always encouraged by the human spirit.

“If you watch the paralympics, you see how we can overcome disability and see the greatness of human spirit. The community that Crossrope offers is a place of encouragement where people are lifting each other up, overcoming challenges and pain. It’s a great feeling, and it’s awesome to be a part of this.”

Thanks for sharing your story, Val! We look forward to seeing you hit your fitness goals.

Got questions or comments for Val?

Please leave them in the comment section below!

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Best Fitness Gift Ideas From 20,000 Fitness Enthusiasts

Published on November 14, 2017

The holidays are just around the corner. 

Whether you're an early shopper or you tend to leave things to the last minute, we wanted to give a helping hand by showing you what fitness enthusiasts actually want this year.

We asked our community of 20,000 fitness enthusiasts to give us their best wishlist items and we've compiled them into our 2017 holiday gift guide.

This holiday season, don't just guess what your fitness-minded friends want. Use this curated list to find that perfect gift - the one they're actually going to love and use.

Here are the top holiday fitness gift ideas for 2017.

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Chad Gonzales: Beating Cardio Boredom with Weighted Jump Ropes

Published on November 10, 2017

"After I got my first desk job 2 years ago, I started noticing that my clothes were fitting a little tighter. Getting older didn't help and my metabolism began to slow down."

Chad Gonzales, a 29-year-old father of one (soon to be two), used to get his daily dose of activity through his work. He did a lot of manual labor as a warehouse worker.

But when a change in his career put him behind a desk from 9 to 5, he quickly started to notice his body changing.

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The Next Generation of Jump Ropes from Crossrope

Published on November 1, 2017.

A new generation is coming.

At Crossrope, our mission has always been to deliver the ultimate jump rope experience to our community, our customers, and to the fitness world.

As part of that mission, we’re constantly challenging ourselves to find new ways to inspire and empower people to achieve their fitness goals in a fun, effective way.

That is why we’re so excited about the next generation. We’ve re-designed our flagship training system from the ground up to give you a new and improved Infinity Rope System.

Here’s your first look inside.

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