As you know, jump rope is an excellent exercise. Many people workout with a jump rope to lose weight. I’ve seen it claimed that you can burn up to 1000 calories an hour by jumping rope. That’s probably only realistic if you weigh 220 lbs. You can find out how many calories you burn based on your weight and the time you spend jumping using this nifty calories burned estimator from healthstatus.com. To lose one pound you must burn 3,500 calories more than you take in.
Jump Rope is also used heavily as a cross training tool for other sports. Many professional athletes use jump rope to improve their endurance, agility, and coordination. Boxing is probably the most often cited example of a sport that uses jump rope as part of it’s training regimen. Even undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. jumps rope as seen in this video: