Jump Rope – An Aerobic and Mental Workout

Jumping rope.
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It’s not terribly exciting to watch, but it forms an integral part of my week.
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It’s a practice that’s been with fighters for centuries and for me it’s become almost meditative.
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It allows me to build an aerobic base while mentally drilling techniques, reviewing previous rounds of sparring and assessing my mental characteristics – How emotionally calm did I stay sparring? Did I give it my all?
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Mental drilling is of the upmost importance, yet sadly often overlooked.
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It provides you with a platform to hone the intricacies of techniques and movements without the needs of a partner, space or physical location.
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“Neuromuscular theory proposes that visualisation activates the same motor pathways as if the skill were physically performed, but at a sub-threshold level. Studies using EMG equipment have demonstrated this activation, which is comparable to physical movement but at a lower level.”
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Take away point – it’s ok to daydream… just make it count!

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