JumpUSA Heavy Jump Rope: Thick, dense, heavy rubber ropes that weigh from 1 to 4 pounds. Likes: Simultaneous aerobic and strength workout. Even the 1-pounder (which is several times heavier than a normal rope) puts pronounced stress on the wrists and shoulders compared with other ropes. The 2-pound rope hums through the air like a swarm of angry bees and left me out of breath after a minute -- it'd be a good choice for an ambitious hard-core athlete; a dozen swings of the 3-pounder should earn you a medal; six swings of the 4-pound rope is terrifying -- like wrestling a snake. All include an illustrated instructional book by jump expert Bobby Hinds. Dislikes: None. Price: $19.95 (1 pound); $29.95 (2 pounds); $34.95 (3 pounds); $39.95 (4 pounds). (800) JUMP-USA; www.jumpusa.com.
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