Due to financial issues (who knew a 7-month-old would be so expensive :)), I'm going to be cancelling my gym membership in the next few weeks. I do not have weights at home, and I'm hesitant to buy used ones. Instead, I'm looking to go back to Harry Wong's Dynamic Strength exercises that I was doing about 6 years ago. They were great, but I want to integrate a good jump-rope workout with it.

Does anyone have any advice on routines for either portion of the workout?

BTW - I will also be doing cardio training (non-jump-rope-related) to train for some 5k races coming up (that's the easy part)

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    I'd urge you to reconsider buying at least a few used weights. You can usually get them cheap and they really help round out a home routine. I've never had a dumbell break. Rust is about the only thing you might find on a used weight that won't be found on one at the store. Sep 12, 2011 at 17:53
  • true, but also having heavy weights near a 7-month-old is not a great idea. We're limited in space in my house Sep 12, 2011 at 17:59
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    Though the risk of an infant lifting a 20lb weight is lower than you might think, I still understand your concern. :) I run new father workshops through the local hospital so I've heard this before. In fact, I'll be hearing it again tonight. Sep 12, 2011 at 19:31

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Spark People has a 10-minute jump rope cardio routine that you can check out here. I've never done this one myself but I've done other Spark People cardio routines (see my answer to this question for specifics) and they are pretty good workouts.

For the other portion of your workout, if you don't want to buy weights you might try some body weight exercises. This post has a bunch of good recommendations, including You Are Your Own Gym and CrossFit.


I've found Pavel Tsatsouline's book The Naked Warrior to be a good source of bodyweight exercises.

  • I read this a few years back...didn't find it to be what I was looking for. That's how I discovered Wong's book. Thanks, though. Sep 19, 2011 at 15:12

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