Rope — a gymnastic apparatus designed for both amateur fitness and professional training. Exercises with it develop the muscles of the legs, contribute to the formation of correct posture and the development of flexibility, improve the functioning of the intestines, the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and strengthen the ligaments of internal organs.
Skipping rope advantages:
- compactness during storage;
- versatility — equally well suited for both children and adults, you can practice almost anywhere;
- high energy expenditure during training.
classical — designed for a wide range of sports activities (from aerobics to endurance training). The best option for beginners.
high-speed — allows you to develop high intensity and speed of revolutions (5-6) per second. To do this, it is equipped with special mounts to the handles. This jump rope is ideal for burning fat, as well as for skipping and fitness. Not recommended for beginners and athletes.
athletic — used to train the arms and muscles of the shoulder girdle. Such a rope has a large weight (up to 3 kg), and its length is not adjustable. Athletic jump ropes are traumatic and are suitable only for experienced athletes. Not applicable for speed training.
Weights – found in speed and athletic ropes to increase the weight of the rope. Handles (weighting agents — bearings or special rods) or a cord (weighting agent — spring) can be weighted. In the first case, the rope becomes the fastest, in the second — slow, but perfectly loading the shoulder girdle.
- Classic jump rope
- Skipping rope with a mechanical rev counter
- Rope with electronic rev counter
Unisex — universal option. Occurs most often.
Men’s — as a rule, we are talking about athletic jump ropes.
Children’s — has a rope cable, along which plastic beads are evenly placed along the entire length. It is easy to jump on such a rope, it perfectly “holds the arc” and does not get tangled. A good option for beginners, but be aware that it is not adjustable in length and is quite short.
Revolution counter and data
There are two types of counters — mechanicalwhich is activated by turning the handle and electronic — fixing the position of the arc of the rope.
Calorie and jump counters are located in one of the handles. Before training, just enter your weight, and the counter will display the relevant information. Warm-up training does not require a skipping rope with counters, but if classes are performed with specific goals (for example, weight loss), then in this case such devices are necessary.
Calorie counter — Displays calorie consumption, which will help you track the results of your workout and organize your workouts in the best way.
Jump counter — shows the number of jumps, which is important for those who develop endurance and strength, practice skipping.
Rubber — wear-resistant, but heavy material. Such jump ropes do not get tangled, but at the same time they are not elastic enough — therefore, straightening after a folded state will take some time. The length of this rope is adjustable. A good option for experienced athletes.
Skin — such jump ropes have an average weight, rotate well and, like rubber counterparts, do not tangle. However, they are not adjustable in length. Leather jump ropes are common among boxers and kickboxers.
Nylon – light, elastic and soft material. Nylon jump ropes are ideal for beginners, children and those involved in rhythmic gymnastics. Not applicable for athletic training.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) — in its properties it resembles nylon, but its length is difficult to adjust. Has good speed performance. For effective training, you should choose a rope no thinner than 0.8 cm. A good option for beginners and children, as it does not require much effort during rotation.
Silicone — soft and lightweight material, which is well suited for children’s jump ropes, fitness classes, fat burning and warm-ups before training. In addition, the length in such jump ropes is adjustable.
Steel — steel cable, often coated with silicone, plastic or PVC. Differs in durability, wear resistance and excellent speed indicators. Ideal for speed workouts. However, such a rope is not suitable for difficult jumps. In addition, she is the most traumatic.
Rope — light and cheap, but short-lived material. Suitable for rhythmic gymnastics.
Important: very light and very heavy ropes are not suitable for speed training. For beginners and children, it is better to use light jump ropes (rope, nylon, PVC) to avoid injury. Also, remember that a cord that is too light will cling and tangle.
Plastic — a common material, pleasant and comfortable for hands. However, during exercise, the plastic handles may slip out of your hands.
Neoprene — able to absorb excess moisture, thereby leaving the handle dry and preventing it from slipping out of the hand. The best option.
Tree — comfortable and practical material that does not cause allergies.
Metal — heavy material that provides additional stress to the muscles of the arms and shoulders. Found in athletic jump ropes.
Important: handles must be free of burrs and cracks. It is desirable that the handle has notches that help the palms to better hold the rope. Rubber grips are also a good option.
The most important criterion when choosing a jump rope. The effectiveness and safety of training depends on the length. A rope that is too short will require additional effort during jumps so as not to catch on to it. A jump rope that is too long will tangle, resulting in fuzzy rotation. The length of the rope directly depends on the growth.
To choose the right rope for height, you need to stand on its middle with both feet, and then pull it along the body. In this case, the ends of the rope (without handles) should reach the waist, and the handles should reach the armpits.
Another way: you should take both ends of the rope in one hand and stretch it forward at chest level so that the angle between the arm and the body is 90 degrees. The best option if the rope is in contact with the floor. If it lies on the floor or does not touch it, then its length will not work.
In addition, you can proceed from generally accepted standards:
- height 150 cm — rope length 1.8 m;
- height 151-167 cm — rope length 2.5 m;
- height 168-175 cm — rope length 2.8 m;
- height 176-183 cm — rope length 3 m;
- height from 183 cm — the length of the rope is 3.5-3.8 m.
Length adjustment – allows you to change the length of the rope in accordance with the growth of the athlete. Jump ropes with this function are a good choice for those who find it difficult to decide on the choice of length.
Important: you should carefully examine the handles of the rope — they should be open (unscrewed), and there should be clamps inside. It is necessary to stretch the excess length, cut and tie a knot.
Jump ropes from unknown manufacturers should not be purchased even for home workouts. Cords are often made of low-quality materials and quickly burst, tear. The handles are slippery, insufficiently varnished in the case of wooden execution. In addition, such jump ropes are not cheaper than branded products.
If you want to buy a skipping rope for fitness or home exercise, then you should pay attention to brands such as Joerex, Kettler, Green Hill, Torneo, Tunturi, and, of course, the well-known Adidas and Reebok. The latter two brands will be overpriced due to their huge popularity. In general, the ropes of this group are of high quality, occupy the middle price segment and fully meet the requirements of amateur athletes. The Sasaki and Chacott models are also distinguished by a higher price: these are specialized manufacturers of very high quality jump ropes. They should be purchased by already advanced athletes who need this projectile constantly.
Jump ropes for professional athletes are located separately. They are distinguished by the most durable materials, high price, weights and other devices. Specialized manufacturers are TKO, RDX, Pro Supra, as well as athletic models Adidas, Reebok.