She proves why the jump rope is a totally underrated piece of equipment.

By Faith Brar
January 09, 2019
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Photo: Instagram / @dareenbgIf there's one piece of equipment you can always rely on for a seriously good workout, it's the jump rope-and it's something amputee and personal trainer Dareen Barbar swears by.

The mom of two recently took to Instagram to share a video of herself jumping rope and detailed all the benefits of using the age-old piece of workout equipment. "It improves coordination, decreases foot and ankle injuries, burns major calories, improves bone density, improves cardiovascular health, improves breathing efficiency, makes you smarter, and improves your ability to stay calm," she wrote.

This isn't the first time Barbar has proved that you don't need fancy workout equipment to crush your fitness goals. She opened up to us before about how she struggled to be active after losing her leg to cancer when she was just 15. She didn't go to a gym until she was 36 years old and started her fitness journey by simply walking.

"I started by going to our community gym," she told us. "What started with 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill (usually involving a lot of huffing and puffing) quickly turned into an hour of brisk walking and intermittent jogging. I taught myself basic circuit training and started going to classes for CrossFit and aerial yoga. When I wasn't doing that, I was swimming, doing jujitsu-determined to do whatever it took to feel strong again."

Today, Barbar motivates people around the world through videos of her jumping rope without her prosthetic. "You can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it," she says. "If you trip, get back up, and keep on moving forward. And most importantly, enjoy what you have and feel empowered because you never know what life will throw your way."