Visit any Muay Thai gym in Thailand and it’s a prevalent practice to begin each training session with a run or a few rounds on the jump rope. Rope-jumping, or skipping, is a simple, traditional but still one of the most widely-used warm-up exercises for Muay Thai.

The benefits are numerous and go beyond preparing the body for the intense training ahead. Jumping rope is one of the most loathed exercises, especially for unconditioned beginners new to the sport. It’s not uncommon to feel calf muscle fatigue just a couple of minutes on the jump rope. Skipping can also feel mundane compared to a scenic jog in the park. It’s no surprise why many people choose to give up after just a few minutes or give up on it altogether.

The fact is that skipping is a favored exercise routine for not only Muay Thai fighters but also boxers and many other fight sports athlete. It’s because the simple workout comes with many benefits. Don’t skip the skipping warm-up for Muay Thai training