Product Type: Argos Fitness
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Argos Value Skipping Rope
Member Name: 2night
Argos Value Skipping Rope
Date: 01/04/12, updated on 09/12/12 (198 review reads)
Disadvantages: Can be hard work
As you may have seen if you have read any of my previous reviews that I do go to the gym on a regular basis and once you do that a gym membership isn't the wast of money most people declare it to be. But it isn't necessary to go to the gym your own home and harden can be the perfect setting for getting fit. For me unfamiliar surrounding with someone pushing me to keep going is the best situation because motivation is what I'm lacking and having some drill sergeant screaming at you doesn't give you the option to stop. I have a ridiculously large amounts of home gym equipment under my bed, in wardrobes, drawers and especially in my attic. There are very few that have avoided the same fate as the others. This skipping rope from the Argos value range is still out and about mainly because my little niece plays with it. I have used it, quite a bit in fact and that's mainly due to the fact that skipping not only works, but it is fun to do. You will be surprised how quickly skipping can get your heart rate going. This fast, almost instant cardio workout means skipping is one of the best forms of heart healthy exercises out there. Every gym will have skipping ropes and every sports shop will have a bamboozling selection to choose from and a lot of the time it is a case of "you get what you pay for."
But isn't a skipping rope just a skipping rope?
Well yes, but the quality of the materials used can make a huge difference in the longevity of the product. There are also weighted skipping ropes that require more strength from the user to ensure the fluid movement that we are all familiar with. Skipping doesn't only work out your lower body through the step / hop like movement but it also works out your upper body, mainly your arms and shoulders but as always there are simple techniques you can implement to ensure your body gets a better, harder workout. Simply aiming your chest every so slightly to the right or left with target your abs, tensing and realising these muscles as you do will also help target the area. This next instruction is become a running theme in my recent reviews but it works, tensing (pulling in) the Glutes (Gluteus Maximus muscles your bottom cheeks) and realising will help lift and tone these most commonly viewed and highly appreciated mussels.
When it comes to the quality of materials used this isn't a high end product but it's not sold as one, it is part of their value range after all. But when it comes to value for money this is a good product. It cost me only £2.99 from Argos of course, that's amazing value when you think how much good you can do with it. Another thing worth adding is that I have used this both inside and outside (my back yard, don't worry I'm not skipping down the middle of the road with cars beeping behind me) and this rope has stood the test of time.
One thing I like about it, is that it has soft, grey, foam covered handles instead of the hard plastic or wooden handles that can come on more expensive models. When someone is really working out they will of course begin to sweat (as disgusting as that sounds it's all part of the process) and if the handles are made of a non porous shiny material, keeping grip of the rope can become awkward. There are of course gloves available, but what's the point of buying a skipping rope for £2.99 only to have to take out a second mortgage to buy these over priced exercise gloves. That's why I was pleased to see these foam covered handles. They are super soft and have a nice bounce to them meaning they mould (somewhat) to the contours of your hand. I thought the foam would be the first thing to go on this rope but so far they are in good nick. I have this almost two years and it's still going strong and throw in the fact that this is getting man handled by my niece on a weekly basis really says something.
For under £3 (only just) this is a great piece of kit to have lying around the house for those moments when you get a burst of energy or if you want to take it slow, you can. In turn you will increase your energy levels by boosting your immune system simply by partaking in gentle exercise. Or like me you can use it once in a blue moon and the rest of the time some child with far more energy can play with it.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
Summary: A simple exercise tool, that burns calories fast