Jump rope pushed as newest fitness craze amid indoor stay during COVID-19 pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) – Newly formed Philippine Jump Rope Association (PJRA) said it is promoting jump rope as a lifestyle and an effective cardio exercise, especially with strict indoor orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PJRA President Noel Agra emphasized people of all ages and skill levels can do jump rope, an effective indoor cardio exercise that is a good alternative amid the prohibition of outdoor activities and sports under the country’s quarantine rules.

He stressed that jumping rope burns three times more calories than jogging or running.

“It is a challenging sport which needs a lot of commitment and hard work. We want to share our love for the sport and to encourage people to be more familiar with jump rope other than just a hobby,” Agra said during the virtual Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.

Agra, a health and fitness buff and a certified jump rope coach, shared PJRA was only formed during the lockdown period.

He added PJRA now has 148 members and is still open to accept more jump rope enthusiasts and groups in a bid to create a huge jump rope community in the country.

“Through the federation we want to share the love for jump rope both as a lifestyle and as a sport. We have been doing this for the past five years and it has been life-changing for me,” said Agra, who bared he lost 50 pounds because of jump rope.

Agra reported the newly formed association already filed to be a member of the International Jump Rope Union and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The PJRA has also lined up a series of events, including online competitions beginning next month. It has invited foreign jump rope experts to do workshops and clinics in the country.

Agra hopes jump rope will evolve into a more serious sporting discipline and will be included in multi-sport international events like the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games or even the Olympics.