Jumping rope training burns a high number of calories for two reasons. First, this type of workout uses the large muscles of the legs and forces them to move constantly in order to keep your rhythm. Secondly, it incorporates your upper body, which very few types of cardio do.Even jumping at a very moderate rate burns 10 to 16 calories a minute. Work your jump rope exercise into three 10-minute rounds and you're looking at 480 calories in half an hour. According to Science Daily, 10 minutes of skipping rope is about equivalent to running an 8-minute-mile. Battle ropes are often thought of as a tool for your upper body, which they are. However, their benefits don't end there. Battle rope workouts work the muscles in your abs, back, and glutes, and you can incorporate movements, such as jumps, lunges, and squats, that work your legs, too.