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With boxers being some of the fittest athletes in the world, Costa Rican boxer Alex Brenes is probably one of the best people to ask for advice!

The light welterweight has held the Golden Gloves title in Florida and has been a member of the pre-Olympic Costa Rican boxing squad. Now days, anyone in the LA area can catch Brenes teaching up-and-comers in the boxing community at De La Barracuda on Melrose Avenue.

For those who are like us and aren't brave enough to risk their facial structure in the ring, he can still answer any fitness question on your mind right here!

This week, a reader named Avery wants to know why her shins are hurting after she gets her sweat on during a jump rope session, asking:

Hi!

I know you've recently touched on the health benefits of jumping rope, but I was hoping you could go bit more in depth on how to jump rope, and more specifically the proper technique for jump rope. I recently started because I read that in 10 minutes you can burn up to 100 calories by jumping rope, and when you're a kid it always seemed like a fun activity. It is hard!!! I still can't go for 10 minutes straight, but it definitely works out an amazing sweat. However, recently I've started to feel a pain in the front of my ankles. I've watched youtube videos of tutorials on how to jump rope, but most are non specific and are just videos of people jumping rope. Not Helpful!!!

So, please, help a girl trying get her workout on out???

Thanks a billion

Sounds like a painful problem, but Alex knows just what you're going through! He writes:

Hi Avery,

I'm glad you still remember when you were a kid…now this is serious business.

Jumping rope, like most exercises can be used for different purposes: weight lose, endurance & speed, to name a few, so keep it up.

The pain in the front of your ankles is probably shin splints which may be because you are landing too hard on a surface that is not the best for jumping rope or your shoes. I recommend that you find a cushioned surface to jump (foam mat, padded gym floor, boxing ring) and add gel inserts to your shoes.

As far as form, jumping rope can be done differently & if you've been able to do it for a few minutes, you're doing great. The lack of pain will hopefully help you increase the time spent jumping and with repetition you will get better at it and consequently it will help you achieve your fitness goals quicker.

Got more questions? Tweet them @DeLaBBC for answers and don't forget to check FitPerez every day for more advice from the best trainers El Lay has to offer!

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