Skipping: a tried and tested cardio workout
A key exercise for boxers, skipping is very demanding and engages a lot of muscles, such as the calves, thighs, glutes and abs. It's no coincidence that boxers make skipping part of their training routines. It is, after all, one of the most stamina-sapping sports.
Ideally, you should end up doing two to three sessions a week, each lasting ten to 15 minutes. You need to work your way gradually towards that target, however, to avoid picking up injuries or becoming disheartened.
I recommend you start out doing sessions lasting between one and two minutes, depending on your level, and work your way up by adding 15 to 30 seconds to every session.
For example, if you start by doing a minute on Monday, by Thursday you should be doing one minute 15 seconds or one minute 30 seconds, and by Sunday one minute 45 seconds or two minutes.
Try skipping with your feet together and then alternating between your left and right foot or bringing your knees up.
The idea is to give your body at least 48 hours to recover and for your muscle fibres to rebuild. When you engage your body in exercise, your muscles suffer micro tears, with your body needing at least two days to recover and prepare for the next bout of exercise.
You should round off your session by combining skipping with two other cardio exercises.