Does anybody do them? It seems to me like they'd be a good cardio choice in lieu of running. Here's my logic: People can run for 20 minutes to an hour plus without stopping (not me of course, but many people can, even people who aren't in the greatest of shape), but can you imagine people doing jumping jacks for this duration? It seems unlikely.
Wouldn't this make jumping jacks harder and more intense at least in the sense of getting more bang for your buck when time is limited?
I'm currently testing out jumping jacks for a few minutes straight to get my muscles warmed up for weights (I used to just run for 10 minutes or so).
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Spreading your legs while lifting your arms over your head is a fairly unnatural movement. It is difficult to imagine a situation where you need to do both at the same time. Consider jumping rope instead.Ego victum poena. Victoria per vires.
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06-05-2011, 12:40 AM #5
It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you are light and healthy, it probably is not a big deal. If you are on the heavier side and grab an 8-12 lb dumbell in each hand, 50 jumping jacks can be a good start to a warm up.
Is it enough? That depends. There is a good chance that your calves will protest before the rest of your body is warmed up. But if you do three sets alternating between 50 dumbell jumping jacks, 20 clap-pushups, 20 bodyweight squats and 30 crunches, there is a good chance you'll be good and warmed up.
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