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The New Jump Into Shape: A Lot More Than Jump Roping

(Courtesy of Jump Into Shape) In late 2017, the 10 men who showed up in the social hall of Congregation Beth Abraham never could have predicted what would happen next. One “Learn to Jump Rope” program became a regular 45-minute weekly class in the social hall. Soon classes ran in Teaneck, Fairlawn and Springfield. When COVID-19 stopped it all, Jump Into Shape kept going with online classes. Jump Into Shape continued to grow with more classes, trainers and members from all over the country. Today there are 25 live online classes each week, including jump roping, bodyweight and weight training, pilates, stretch, yoga, core training and kickboxing, as well as health and nutrition tips and guidance provided regularly. In late 2022, Renewal, a non-profit, kidney donation organization, took notice of Jump Into Shape’s program and subsidized a five-month membership for past donors as an incentive to stay healthy and fit for life. Yaakov who joined from the Renewal program says “I feel great. The exercise makes me feel great, much better mood, nicer to my kids.”

What makes Jump Into Shape unique?

Online Only: All classes are live online via Zoom or pre-recorded and available in a members only video library. Members can choose from over 1,500 recorded classes. “The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a planned shift from in-person to live online classes, which allowed the virtual doors to open for women-only classes, and we never looked back,” said Moshe Moskowitz, founder and lead trainer.

Accessible Anywhere: Online classes allow members to take Jump Into Shape with them wherever they have internet access. Sema from Teaneck shared, “I have joined classes from so many different places, I can honestly say Jump Into Shape is with you wherever you go.” There have been people from six different states joining one class, and members hail from the US, Canada, Israel and Australia.

For everyone: Jump Into Shape provides classes suitable for a wide range fitness levels and diverse tzniut requirements. The brand new beginner classes with no equipment provide clear instruction and make the workout fun, doable and motivating. Meanwhile, the advanced and intense jump roping HIIT classes offer a challenge to the fittest of the fit. Per the company policy, which is in line with Moskowitz’s religious observance, women can join women-only classes with their camera on, but must turn off the camera for classes led by male instructors. Class videos led by female instructors can be accessed by female members only.

Variety of Classes: More than jump roping, Jump Into Shape offers pilates, yoga, pelvic power, arms and abs, weight training, stretching and kickboxing. And with the use of Crossrope’s new ropeless rope, beginners and those with existing injuries and over the age of 60 can join any jump rope class.

Personalized Accountability: The “secret sauce” of the program is Moskowitz’s accountability to each and every member. He provides consistent texts, chizuk, motivational shots, emails and whatever the individual member needs, to make sure everyone achieves their individual goal. And if a member misses a class they usually attend, they’ll get a check-in text to make sure they are OK.

Motivating Competition: A weekly leaderboard publicizes performance stats of top members and the community as a whole. Each category is ranked among other Jump Into Shapers to provide a friendly competitive atmosphere. Each day a member gets a message with the approximate calories they burned the previous day, week and month of classes as well as their all-time member rankings. The weekly leaderboards are very competitive, and members are very happy to see their name on it; in fact, many share it in their family chats.

Fun Contests: There is always a contest going on or about to start. Individual contests motivate people but the team contests and achrayut (responsibitilty) to someone else really get them fired up. A recent team contest required each member of the two-person team to complete 10 classes and burn 1,200 calories in a month. The last two days of the month saw team members completing classes to enter the raffle for a Performaball and free tutorial with its founder. Another 20 week contest had members earn raffle tickets based on their weekly class and calorie average—the winner from Teaneck won $180, plus $200 of Crossrope equipment.

Charitable Donor: Moskowitz admits Giving Tuesday is one of his proudest additions to the program. Each Tuesday he selects a different charity to donate $5 for every class members complete. Recent recipients have included The Jewish Women Entrepreneur, Komitoms, Podcast Fellowship, United Hatzalah, Liam’s Life and JEMS. Working out with Jump Into Shape on Tuesdays benefits you and your community.

Jump Into Shape has changed significantly from its beginnings in the Beth Abraham social hall. With four million calories burned and 20,000 classes completed by members, Jump Into Shape is a formidable exercise option for men and women of all ages, especially those looking to exercise in a tzniut environment from anywhere.

Start exercising or add Jump Into Shape to your current exercise program. The first 30 days are free at www.jumpintoshape.fun/freemonth. Already tried for 30 days free and want a taste of the new Jump Into Shape? Use coupon code IMBACK to join all classes for free through September 9.

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