Choosing a Jump Rope

January 16, 2018 Written by

When it comes to choosing a jump rope, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Here are a few of our favorites and some quick tips to consider about jump rope length, weight and maintenance.

choosing a jump rope
Choosing a Jump Rope Brand

Here are our top three picks for jump ropes:

-RX Jump Ropes

The RX jump rope offers many options based on your height and skill ability with the jump rope.

-Rogue Jump Rope

The Rogue ropes are an inexpensive fixed length rope, with a nice moderate light cable that is flexible and doesn’t kink.

-One Fit Wonder

The One Fit Wonder jump ropes have nice long handles and a smooth spin for awesome control. The length is also adjustable by hand (no need for a screwdriver or allen key). Plus at $10, they’re an affordable option.

Jump Rope Weight

Unsure what weight to start with when choosing a jump rope?

  • The heavier the rope, the more you’ll feel it, which is good for beginners (can also be good for advanced athletes looking to increase intensity).
  • Move to lighter weight ropes to produce faster cycle rates. Lightweight ropes are good for athlete who are proficient at double unders.

Jump Rope Length

There are few factors to consider when finding your optimal length. These include your turning mechanics (the angle of your arms, where you hold your hands), the length of your arms, and the length of your handles. Here are a few guidelines to get started:

  1. Stand in the middle of the rope with two feet.
  2. Pull the handles straight up and make sure the rope is pulled taut.
  3. The handles should be reach directly under your armpits.

If the handles extend beyond your shoulders, the rope should to be shortened.
When jumping, the rope/cable should clear approximately 6″ to 10″ over your head at its apex.If it’s too long, it will be sloppy and take too much effort to turn.
When in doubt, it’s better to buy a rope that’s too long rather than too short, then adjust it from there.

Here’s a general chart to start with:

jump rope chart

Taking Care of Your Jump Rope

Once you find a rope that you feel comfortable with, you’ll want to take care of it.

  • Don’t jump outside on concrete; it will chew up your rope.
  • Keep the knots and kinks out of your rope; adjust them at the handles instead.
  • To transport it, roll it up loosely like a garden hose and put it in a bag to keep the tangles out.

Need more help choosing a jump rope? Let’s chat!
Chat with us at class or shoot us a message at info@crossfitsalus.com.

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