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JoeTraining Series: Jump, for your heart

By RealJock Staff

RealJock proudly presents this four-month series of weekly training clinics with Steve Lischin of Joe Training. Joe Training represents some of New York City’s most sought-after and respected personal trainers, including Lischin, a former competitive bodybuilder whose celebrity and professional athlete clientele come to him to build the strong, healthy, and beautiful bodies they need for their careers. Each week, Lischin gives us detailed description of one of the seminal exercises from his workout plans. You can browse through these exercises to learn proper form and technique, then incorporate them into your own workout routine. Be sure to keep your eye out for interesting variations on exercises you haven’t seen before, and learn about the pitfalls you need to avoid to prevent painful injury.

You can jump for joy, why can't you jump for your health? Superstar trainer Steve Lischin says you can. "It's one of my favorite cardio exercises for a lot of reasons," he said. "It's completely accessible—a good jump rope is just $4. It's portable—you can pack it in your suitcase and jump in your hotel room. It improves coordination, balance and stamina."

Besides just going out and running, it's the most versatile and practical cardio exercise there is, Lischin said.

"If you've never jumped rope before, it can feel like an exercise in frustration," Lischin said. "But it's an exercise that almost anyone can do. It affords people a good sense of accomplishment. I like to do it as a cardio exercise in between strength training sets. One minute of ropes between sets."

Rotate the rope over your head and jump over it. Think about your form. Start simple. Don't jump any higher than the height of the rope. Be efficient. Get the rope spinning in a steady rhythm. Use your hands and forearms to rotate the rope (not your shoulders).

Variations: Hop on one foot, then switch feet. Keep the timing on the rope the same no matter what you are doing with your feet. When you get more advanced you can start doing cross-overs (switching your hands from side to side) and double jumps where you spin the rope under your feet two times in one jump (you'll need to jump a bit higher to accomplish this feat).

Representing New York City's most highly sought personal trainers, Joe Training provides individualized training, yoga, and nutrition counseling to people who want to maximize their physical and mental well-being. Whether its clients want to boost their current training or yoga practice, get in shape for a special occasion, gear up for a sports event, or start a new fitness program, Joe Training identifies the most suitable coaching expert to get them there. Learn more about Joe Training’s individualized counseling services at

Steve Lischin has over 20 years experience as a private personal fitness instructor and nutrition counselor. A former bodybuilding champion with a masters degree in nutrition and certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Lischin’s clientele includes professional athletes and teams, as well as actors and celebrities gearing up for major motion pictures and events. In addition to providing expert personal training services to his clients, Lischin has created and managed several in-house personal training departments in major health clubs in New York and New Jersey, including World Gyms of NYC. He can be reached on the web through