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bburn plO.dder    pirate
29/07/2010 at 12:28

I thought I was reasonably fit, but flipping heck, I did 3 x 3 minutes skipping with a rope in the gym this morning, and it was knackering.

It's clearly a really good cardio work out.  But are there any disadvantages to skipping for runners?

I have a slightly troublesome achilles, any thoughts on whether skipping would cause problems, or help?

29/07/2010 at 12:52

Hiya BBP - long time no speak - as it were !!  How's it going..... wotcha got planned next ??

As it happens I've also got an onoing achilles prob at the mo - I'm hoping some recently-acquired orthotics will sort out the underlying problem!! In the meantime, I've been doing circuits a couple of times a week, mainly for the cardio  but I substitute anything that involves sudden or rapid ankle twists or jarring to the ankle.... I've found the skipping generally not to be too bad tho... apart from knackering that is !

29/07/2010 at 13:07

If you run on your forefoot its very good for your form, gives the calves a cracking workout.

Not sure how good it is for an achilies problem though.

bburn plO.dder    pirate
29/07/2010 at 13:08

Hey Teuchter,

Nice to hear from you

Nothing planned until October, then I've got a 15km trail race in Coniston, and the Dublin marathon - busy month!!!

And of course, I assume Wesham will be on in November - got to try and crack that 50mins

Sorry to hear you also have an achilles problem. I got some orthotics earlier this year, I'm a bit sceptical about how much good they do,but touching lots of wood, as long as I don't overdo it, the achilles hasn't been too bad. Just never seems to get better either though - hey ho, maybe that's just getting old

Glad it's not just me who finds skipping hardwork. I can't believe kids do it for FUN!!!????

bburn plO.dder    pirate
29/07/2010 at 13:10
Madlot, I can feel my calves tightening up already, they are defo going to ache tomorrow
30/07/2010 at 12:03
BBP - of course -I forgot about Dubbers... Good Luck with that...  I've got Glasgow and Warrington (English) half's line up - so working to stay fit for those. As to the orthotics.... well, it's really too early to say whether they'll do the trick... but I'm hoping so.... I really dont know what to try next if it doesn't resolve the achilles prob !! 
31/07/2010 at 13:33
It is hard mate. Tried it at a gym on holiday and really felt it !
02/08/2010 at 19:17

if youre bouncing off your toes and forefoot  it will affect your achilles. (hard not to do otherwise). How much or badly is hard to say, but I doubt the tendon will escape some degree of a work-out. Proceed with care!

Skipping is otherwise a great workout and as you land on both feet to a certain extent you do lessen the impact on joints.

It is however hard to go long and get a great aerobic workout - but you will improve with practice.

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