Ever wandered what skipping rope for exercise the pros use?
When it comes to choosing a jump rope or skipping rope for exercise or for your sport, it would need to be specific for whatever it is that you are doing. For example a Crossfitter that has to perform many double unders during a high intensity WOD or work out of the day would not choose a heavy leather rope with wooden handles. He/she, the athlete would be much better of choosing a lighter faster speed rop
e with a steel wire rope instead of a pvc, nylon or leather rope.
So really it’s all about choice and what suits you, your sport & what training goals you have. Choosing a skipping rope for exercise is purely a personal choice and what matters is what best suits you.
Let’s look at a couple of professional athletes and what skipping rope for exercise aka jump ropes they use.
On the right we have Amir Khan famous Olympic boxer turned pro, looking in great shape skipping in his boxing gym.
For boxers, skipping or using a jump rope is an intrinsic part of their training, they use the skipping rope for exercise to help mainly with fitness, speed, footwork & coordination. In this photo it looks like he’s got a ball bearing spinning skipping rope with nylon handles and PVC rope.
The ball bearings help the rope to spin round at a fast speed, while the thick pvc rope provides some resistance while it is spinning around to help give the athlete ‘Amir Khan’ in this case a good upper body work out. Using the heavier ropes helps to build a lean cut upper body and.
A typical professional skipping rope workout for a boxer will have a minimum of 5 x three-minute rounds. In each gym there are usually round timers that signal the start of the round (the first beep), a thirty-second signal (which lets the athletes know there are thirty seconds remaining), then finally another beep signalling the end of the round, or the beginning of the rest period. When a boxer/athlete is skipping he will work out at a relatively high work rate and then when he hears the thirty-second bell he will work out at his greatest ability for the last part of the round before stopping for a rest.
Here we have Richard Froning Junior, famous for winning the Reebok games, and being given the accolade of the fittest man in the world. The skipping rope he is using looks like one of the RX jump ropes, these also have a ball bearing which allows the rope to spin round at a super fast speed. The difference with the rope that are used tend to be the rope part. These are usually replaced with a steel wire which cuts through the air like a knife allowing the athlete to easily spin the rope round. This in turn makes performing double unders a little less challenging. Double unders are used very often in part of the WOD (workout of the day), these are either performed to a target number in the workout or are performed as AMRAP which means ‘as many reps as possible’ given in an allocated time frame.