Jump for Joy

Jump ropes have come a long way from the playground and boxing gym. Today you can find sleek bodies skipping rope in upscale health clubs from Manhattan to Hollywood. What's the appeal? It's a low-tech exercise that jump-starts the heart and burns more calories than most aerobics, according to the American Council on Exercise. It also delivers a full-body workout. "You end up working the tiniest muscles," says platinum-selling R.-and-B. singer Deborah Cox, who recently unveiled the new, more muscular body she attributes to her jump-rope routine. Renee Zellweger and Jennifer Beals have taken Ultimate Jump Rope with guru Louis Garcia...

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