The Morning Call (Sunday)

A Do-Anywhere Full-Body Workout

It can be done in barely 30 minutes in a hotel room or a garage. All you need is a jump rope.

- By Gretchen Reynolds

fit in a simple, quick, full-body workout, anywhere?

“Two words: Jump rope,” said Dr. Michael Joyner, an avid exerciser and physiologi­st at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

In his usage, the phrase is both object and action. “I have a beautiful leather boxers’ jump rope my mother gave me when I was trying to become a more coordinate­d high-school basketball player,” he said. “When I travel and there is zero equipment, I find a place to do a series of calistheni­cs and jump rope.”

His regimen follows. It can be done in barely 30 minutes in a hotel room, spare bedroom, garage, park, driveway or airport lounge, if you are uninhibite­d, he said. He does this in locker rooms during his sons’ swim meets.

Ask a family member to cheer and time you and switch places at the end.

■ 5 minutes of jumping jacks and running in place.

■ 4 minutes of squat thrusts. (Stand, bend your knees, crouch until your palms are flat on the floor, kick your legs

back, straighten and repeat, like a burpee without the jump.)

■ 1 minute of jumping rope. 3 minutes of squat thrusts. 1 minute of jumping rope. 2 minutes of squat thrusts. 1 minute of jumping rope. 1 minute of squat thrusts. 1 minute of jumping rope.

■ 20 push-ups or until your arms wobble.

■ 1 minute of wall sitting. (Press your back against a wall, legs bent as if you were seated on a chair.)

■ 20 air squats or until your thighs burn. (From a standing position, bend your knees, spine straight and arms outstretch­ed before you; squat as low as feels comfortabl­e. Rise and repeat.)

■ Repeat the last three exercises twice more, if possible.

■ Gasp and pass the jump rope to the next person in line.

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