What's in a Jump Rope?!
Alrighty, folks - We’ve got the Open comin’ up soon, and we need to talk about jump ropes, because inevitably there will be Double Unders.
If you haven’t already, and you plan on doing this fitness stuff for a long time, then it would greatly behoove you to invest in your OWN jump rope! Yes, it does make a difference. It is an important part of your personal gym equipment. It’s personal, just like your lifting shoes, CF shoes, weight belt, wrist wraps, and even preference in thumb tape.
You. Need. Your. Own. Rope.
You also need it to be fitted to your height and your current level of ability.
General rule of thumb:
While standing on your rope with ONE foot, bring the ends of the handles to your armpits. For beginners who are not quite efficient yet and have their arms out to the sides a bit, the handles should be at your armpits. For more advanced who are efficient and can keep their arms down more at their sides, you want the rope more at the nipple-line.
Now, buying a lightweight speed rope is NOT going to magically get you Double Unders. Sorry, it ain’t that easy. In fact, if you are new to jumping rope and have a difficult time getting it down, then a heavier rope would actually be a better place to start so that you can FEEL the rhythm. As you get more proficient, your rope can get lighter and faster.
That’s where the Rx Jump Ropes made by Rx Smart Gear come in to play. You can buy super cool handles (that’s the expensive part), and then buy different thicknesses of rope depending on your skill level. The rope itself is not as costly as the handles. Check it all out here: https://www.rxsmartgear.com/ropes/
Now, some people do not like the handles of the Rx Jump Rope, though. So, another option is the RPM. The handles are these are much slimmer, and come in a variety of fun colors and patterns. Not as many thicknesses in ropes, though, but they do have three different weights of cables available. Check it all out here: https://rpmtraining.com/ropes/
If you want a more general rope, Rogue has a bunch of options here: https://www.roguefitness.com/conditioning/jump-ropes
If you want the “World’s Fastest Jump Rope” then check out the EliteSRS Ropes: https://www.elitesrsfitness.com/