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    Posted: 11/03/2017 at 9:15am
Which exercise can be done for a longer duration - jump rope or fast multiball?

I tested both and lasted longer at multiball, however there are possible explanations which apply to me and perhaps not to the general TT player. A few that come to mind.

1. The up/down motion as opposed to side to side motion is more demanding for larger people.
2. I'm used to pushing my aerobic capacity to the limit when holding a racket at the table.
3. I didn't do the multiball properly. Whenever I used good form, it only lasted a second or two and I "cheated" to make the drill last longer. I never cheated during the jump rope.



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I'd say it depends on which drill you're doing.  The one you're doing in the video seems like it's not one of the more strenuous ones.  

I've done some pretty intense footwork multiball and it was always incredibly exhausting.  
Example:
Ball 1: backhand corner
Ball 2: Center
Ball 3: Forehand corner
Ball 4: Center
Repeat.


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 I have always liked watching you Larry, you remind me of me, I know you are a quality player, us big guys have to stick together lol.
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Jumping Rope is more physically strenous, even after getting the technique down.

I used to jump rope for my training, not a big person

Multi ball can be done for a longer duration

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Whichever one you're muscles are used to will be easier, of course. You've hit a lot more forehands than you've skipped rope, I'm guessing.
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Hey HeavySpin,
Does your club have badminton and TT?
I would think skipping rope can be done for longer. Multiball after few minutes it's hard to maintain the technique. (Atleast for me - oxygen deprivation I think is the main cause!)  
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It would depend of both multiball drill  and jumping rope frequency. Both can be incredibly exhausting.

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Like one poster said whatever you are used to. I observed you have more efficient movements with multiball than the rope
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to me, jump rope is more psychologically demanding...
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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

Hey HeavySpin,
Does your club have badminton and TT?
I would think skipping rope can be done for longer. Multiball after few minutes it's hard to maintain the technique. (Atleast for me - oxygen deprivation I think is the main cause!)  


Do your own personal simple test, try jumping rope for 5 minutes without stopping including jump errors.

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Try one of those fitbits.  I don't know how fancy they have become these days, but my old one has a heart rate and calories counter.  I did a test once comparing running, playing tennis, playing table tennis for 30 minutes, and the same order goes for how physically demanding they are. 

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This whole question is an individual one. If you do a lot of jump rope and then play table tennis then jump rope will feel easier as your body is used to it. When it comes to table tennis in general and the physical demand it has on ones body, you can't make a general statement, because for one person it can be a little bit of walking and for another player it can be extremely intense. It all depends on style, technique, level and genetics.
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Originally posted by Swiff Swiff wrote:

I'd say it depends on which drill you're doing.  The one you're doing in the video seems like it's not one of the more strenuous ones.  

I've done some pretty intense footwork multiball and it was always incredibly exhausting.  
Example:
Ball 1: backhand corner
Ball 2: Center
Ball 3: Forehand corner
Ball 4: Center
Repeat.


I agree with this post.  The drill you're doing had minimal footwork.  It was very intense, but mostly on quick reflexes.  You stayed near the table, so your FH strokes were shorter.  Try taking a step back, doing bigger loops, and making it a footwork drill (try the Falkenberg Wink).  

But it will also depend upon which activity you're more used to.
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