Andrea is showing us a new twist on jumping rope, without the rope.
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Air Ropes Exercise Audra Lowe: Okay, it's time to get of those old workouts. We’re going to try something different here. Andréa is showing us a new twist on jumping rope, but we have no rope. Its all in Today’s Getting Fit. Andréa: Jumping rope is a great cardio and it really gives you a good workout. But you trip sometimes or you hit yourself in the back of the rope and then you just one want to skip it. Well, there's a new class at the smart workout in midtown Manhattan called air ropes. And Jillian Renaldo, you’ve created this class. Tell me a little about this jump rope without the rope. Jillian: Well, Power Systems created this great fitness toy where you can actually jump rope without whipping yourself or lashing back of your arms or tripping over the rope. You can do the same motions that you would with regular jump ropes. And you could also add in from resistance exercises like long jump. Andréa: Well, I like this because it definitely builds the upper body and shoulders. And you still use the same killing techniques, shoulders down and twirl from the wrists. Jillian: Elbows in, shoulders down, chest lifted. Andréa: Okay, so what are the moves you do in this class because you just don’t sit here and twirl? Jillian: So we can add in the hamstrings curl for keeping the elbow here you can just step and bring the heel up. Andréa: Nice. And this is a fun small group, five or six people doing this together. So there's some camaraderie and there's definitely cardio workout to this. What are some of the other moves that you do in class? Jillian: So you can bring your arms out to a T and just kind of jump rope for a moment and then you're going to bounce and bring one knee up. Andréa: All right. This is starting to remind me of my aerobics class back in the day. And not to mention my arms and upper body are really working strong at this point. You can feel all through my shoulders, my upper back and it’s definitely helping my posture. Jillian: Definitely. Andréa: Next move, you can bring your arms up in a wide, nice and wide and you’re just going to jump rope normally. So keep those feet nice and low. Oh I can feel that toning and resistance. Now you said that there's resistance move that you can do with this as well. So if I didn’t want to the cardio, I could still use this is as a string training component. Jillian: Absolutely. You can do lunges as holding them right at the front like that. Both upper and lower body connected. Andréa: Any other ones you got? Jillian: You can take one air rope like all the way down to the floor. And you can do crunches. So if you're tired of middle jump ropes we turn over to air ropes and if you have any help in fitness questions, don’t forget to ask Andréa at BetterTV.com. Audra Lowe: And knowing Andréa, she's probably working out while she’s answering those emails. Thanks a lot Andréa. Make sure to head to our website for more great fitness ideas including how to incorporate our pets in the daily workouts. You can go to BetterTV.com and then click on the videos.