(Courtesy of Jump Into Shape) Jump Into Shape, Bergen County’s men’s fitness program designed to build a healthier body for your soul, has plans to start jump rope programs in Fair Lawn, Highland Park and Springfield, adding to the three classes currently offered in the Teaneck/Bergenfield area. Each six week course will be preceded by a single 35-minute free class so men can experience the benefits of jump roping while working out in a tzniut atmosphere. The times and locations of the free classes are Wednesday, May 1, at 8:30 p.m. in Congregation Israel of Springfield in Springfield; Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 a.m. in Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park; and Monday, May 6, at 8:00 p.m. in Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn. In addition, there will be a free class during Chol Hamoed on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Congregation Beth Aaron in Teaneck. Registration is required beforehand at www.jumpintoshape.fun, and one jumper from each class will win 50% off a six-session beginner course.
The six-session beginner program, designed and led by Bergenfield’s Russell Moskowitz, is for men with no prior jumping experience and covers the four fundamental jump roping skills: bounding, wrist placement and movement, posture, and rope movement. Russell designs every class to achieve three goals: 1) build a healthier guf (body) for our neshama, 2) nourish our neshama as Mishnayot are learned in between sets and 3) have fun. The classes are for men of all ages, however boys need to be at least 4’7” to use the smallest size rope. The 35-minute beginner classes include stretching, a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, an individual and a team challenge. The jumpers use weighted ropes to increase the benefits of jump roping: boosting fat burning, improving cardio and improving mental sharpness. After jumpers complete the beginner class there is an intermediate program through which men work towards the mastery of several jumps, including alternate foot step, high knee raises, jumping jacks and skier. The intensity increases with each class. One and two pound ropes are provided for a more intense workout. There is also a three pound rope for jumpers who want to challenge themselves to the extreme.
A Jump Into Shape participant, Dov, recently summed up the class as follows: “I will say that after jumping in the class for about two months, it is a great 35-minute workout with almost no equipment. In 35 minutes I burn the same or more calories than an hour-long cardio/strength workout. I have tracked my jumping routine to my yoga/sculpting/cardio workout. I enjoy both, but in less time. I have found jumping a great cardio workout that also helps with weight loss, building muscle mass and improving my overall cardio system. These classes are geared to your specific level—beginner or advanced. You’ll be amazed at the results in just a few short weeks.”
Register for the free class and the six-session beginner program at www.jumpintoshape.fun.