Amanda Kloots is the kind of person you just want to be around all the time. She’s literally bursting with the kind of energy we dream about having, and her spirit just makes you want to smile. As a fitness instructor and celebrity trainer, she has the perfect personality to make you want to roll out of bed in the morning, and jump into an intense workout session. Her New York classes center around her original full-body interval workout called The Rope, because it uses a jump rope to work out everything from your arms and legs, to your core and obliques. Her classes are high cardio, super toning, and really get the endorphins pumping so you leave the class sweaty and smiling.
We met Amanda in L.A. to talk about The Rope and get a personalized workout to share just with you. Get the step-by-step below!
The Moment: Amanda, can you tell us a bit about you and how you created your famous rope workout?
Amanda: The Rope was created when one day I was training a private client. I gave her a jump rope to start our session. As we were jumping I thought to myself, “What if we used this rope for the whole workout today? What could I create?” So that is what I did. I started using it for abs, arms, more cardio, legs, etc! When we were done I knew I had thought of something that could be turned into a class. A class that would use the jump rope in ways people had never thought of before!
The Moment: What inspired you to create it?
A: I was inspired by an article that I read saying how jump rope burns more calories than running and swimming. I was never into running or swimming, but I loved jumping rope! So I started jumping rope again, daily, and remembered how much I loved it as exercise.
The Moment: What does movement mean to you?
A: Movement keeps me happy! I have always moved either through dance or exercise. Moving is my creative outlet, my way to decrease stress, my happy place.
The Moment: Tell us about the workout you created for us?
A: For the arms: The first move you stand with your feet in the middle of your jump rope and pull up on the handles so the rope is taut. Extend your arms out in front of your body and then pull straight back with your elbows lifted up. Do three sets of twelve.
For the abs: Come down into plank position with your feet slightly wider then your arms. Slowly bend your right knee in towards the center of your body then come back into plank. Lower your left knee down into center and come back into plank. Do three sets of twelve!
For the obliques: With your left knee down and your right leg extended out to the side, keep your chest lifted with your hands behind your head. Slowly drop your right elbow down toward your right knee, squeezing into your obliques, and then return to center. Do three sets of twelve on each side.
The Moment: We can’t help but notice how you radiate happiness, what’s your secret?
A: I love teaching, dancing, jumping, music, and exercise. I can be having the worst day but when I start working out the endorphins kick in and I am happy!
The Moment: And lastly, how do you stay in the moment?
A: I finish every class, every private session in a star pose. It is a pose that reduces stress and builds testosterone. It also opens your body up to five different angels, five different possibilities. I find that every time I do the star pose I stay in the moment!
Special thanks to Amanda Kloots!
Photography by Kristine Lo