The best skipping rope and why..
Using a skipping rope is a challenging full body workout that has less impact on your knees than jogging or running. Skipping is fun, challenging and in the process will burn away lots calories. Skipping for 10 minutes will offer similar cardiovascular benefits as jogging for thirty minutes or swimming for 20 minutes. The best skipping rope or speed rope will depend on which sport, training or jumping that you will be doing.
There are many different sports and disciplines that use a skipping rope as part of there training. Each sport or athlete will have a different goal and will require different skipping rope to help them achieve what they need to. There are several different types of skipping rope, below is a list of the varying types:
This type of skipping rope is covered with plastic 25mm segments over a nylon inner cord. Each nylon section/segment are made from different colours to help the person see the rope in competitions or exhibitions. Having the beads over the nylon rope increases the skipping ropes weight which adds to the skipping workout, putting more strain on the upper body and muscles in their back & shoulders. If the person using this rope accidentally misses a jump and hits them self it can be quite sore. These ropes are resilient an tend to last a while. The beaded skipping ropes make rhytmic jumping very easy because of the noise the plastic segment covering the rope make as they strike the floor.
There are a couple of different types of speed rope, the two main ones are vinyl an wire. Both skipping ropes are alot faster than the beaded skipping rope and also lighter to use. The skipping ropes are mainly used indoors for use in fitness classes, boxing, mma or Crossfit. They usually have a way you can easily adjust the length of the rope making it perfect for the athlete to use. Because of the thin cord or wire on the speed rope it allows the highest number of revolutions per minute, making the speed rope a perfect tool for an high intensity workout. Using one of these ropes allows the user to perform double, triple or even quadruple unders, this is when the rope swings under the feet several times in one jump.
The leather skipping rope is a classic amongst all these. They usually either have a fixed or 90 degree rotating handle and a large thick leather rope which is quite heavy in comparison to the thinner vinyl or wire speed skipping ropes. These are great to use and offer a more strenuous workout for your upper body. Leather skipping ropes are less prone to tangling and make significantly less noise than the beaded rope. More often than not you can find a leather skipping rope with weighted handles. The weighted handles will make using the rope more challenging for the athlete. You can add or remove the weight from the handles.
So to conclude what is considered the best skipping rope will depend on what sport you are planning on using it for. Our advise would be to look around see what everyone else is using and try.