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Myka Hoffman

Founder, Skip Fit Myka Hoffman joined Jump Rope for Heart in primary school when she was seven years old and hasn’t stopped skipping since. She spent a good chunk of her school years visiting other schools on behalf of the Heart Foundation to promote skipping and teach other children about the importance of cardiovascular exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle. Now Myka instructs adult group fitness classes called ‘Skip Fit’ and helps motivate others to enjoy the benefits of jump rope. Check Myka out on Instagram @skipfitlegit.

We asked Myka a few questions about her love for skipping and why she thinks everyone should pick up a rope.

Why are you so passionate about skipping? What’s so good about it?

I think the reason I still feel so passionate about jumping rope is the many known health benefits and I always feel so good after a jump rope workout. But one of the best things about skipping is you can always challenge yourself to skip faster or skip for a longer duration or try a new skill. It’s also so convenient, you can do it anywhere (indoors/outdoors) and all you need is a rope!

Is skipping a good way to stay healthy?

Absolutely, because you’re increasing your heart rate when you jump rope, it's a great way to stay fit and it also helps to improve your heart health.

What do you believe is the biggest misconception about physical activity?

In my opinion the biggest misconception about physical activity is that it is for those who are simply looking to lose weight. Physical activity shouldn’t be something we participate in just to lose weight. Although these benefits can be great, regular exercise provides so much more than what is commonly understood or expected, such as a stronger and more effective cardiovascular system.

What tips do you have for people who have never tried skipping before?

I’d say make sure you have the correct rope length. Stand on the rope with two feet together, and pull the rope up next to your body, handles should reach your armpits. If the rope is too long adjust the length by knotting the rope.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to those who have just started, or are thinking about starting, to skip?

Give it a go…If you’re not challenging yourself you’re not growing. There is something magical that happens when you step outside your comfort zone. I think the less pressure you put on yourself when learning how to jump rope the better – have a go, have a laugh and you’ll actually surprise yourself how good it feels.

As you can see, there’s loads of fun to be had and skipping is a great way to keep healthy. Visit our online store, get yourself a rope, and get jumping. 

If you’re concerned about your fitness levels or pre-existing injuries, we recommend visiting a GP or allied health professional before getting started just to be on the safe side!

Read more about the positive physical benefits of skipping.