Re: Jump Rope for Fat reduction??
There are some good books on jumping rope. I liked Buddy Lee's book, he has a lot of good ideas on the subject, such as training and showing different techniques/tricks.
While you're at it, check out the dvd RopeSport. I was able to get a copy through my library system, it runs through proper technique, different tricks, and it's easy on the eyes as some of it is demonstrated by Kelly Packard, that's the baywatch chick you probably see on every Ripley's Believe it or not. Good stuff, it's definetly worth looking into.
There are also plenty of different interval schemes that you can apply to skipping rope. "Maximum intensity" is somewhat subjective, usually meaning near maximum effort. If you're training for that I recommend a heart rate monitor to keep track of your intensity. You might alternate between bursts of high intensity (85-95 % of your max heart rate) and resting phase in which to bring your heart rate down. I think that it'd be wise to factor in the time that it takes for your heart rate to slow down to 65-70% of your MHR. I believe that heart rate to be an indicator of fatigue, and with proper caution you can prevent overtraining that can result from HIIT, Tabatas, or what may be too much too soon. I'll expound this concept later, and post what I have on this subject.
Once you have a good way of going about it, consistency will be among the most important things you'll need in order to burn the fat. You don't need to do it on a regular basis, but come up a plan of doing regularly every week so that it's not competing with other exercises, and your schedule for that matter.
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