Pro-Series - Speed Rope Review
This week I was sent some new awesome speed ropes from a new company called No Label Fitness. Already speed rope has helped me dramatically improve my technique, times & better than that my Skills. So this speed rope would be for the aspiring, fighter, gym goer, person that works out a box that wants to improve & take their training to the next level. It is gender agnostic, (can’t believe I just used those fancy words) it’s for men, women or even ...
My Favourite Speed Rope - Ever
This is a serious piece of kit, if you're wanting to improve you're double under & are serious about it then this is a no brainer.
This week I was sent some new awesome speed ropes from a new company called No Label Fitness. Already speed rope has helped me dramatically improve my technique, times & better than that my Skills. So this speed rope would be for the aspiring, fighter, gym goer, person that works out a box that wants to improve & take their training to the next level. It is gender agnostic, (can’t believe I just used those fancy words) it’s for men, women or even children (if supervised). It’s a great rope that can be used by anyone.
“One thing I noticed was the build quality, this speed rope has been built with no expense spared”
One thing I noticed was the build quality, the handles have a little weight to them but I wouldn’t say they are weighted. The anodised cross cut aluminium handles feel nice & they’re not too heavy or chunky.
In summary the Pro-Series, is my speed rope of choice, i’ll always throw this in my gym bag before I leave home. I would give this 5*’s. It’s a great weight, easy to customise, and it definitely helped me up my game. I have customised mine by changing the colour of the rope from black to yellow and it looks “tip top” (def showing my age with that comment. To top all this off, it’s is covered by a 5 year warranty.
Handles are 16cm long & weight approximately 210g.
The 3 metre cable is 3mm thick (slightly thicker than a normal speed rope cable) made up of 7×1 braided aeronautical grade stainless steel and has been coated for extra protection and tangle free storage.
Metal cable guide that improves durability.
Professional Speed Rope | Easily Master Double Unders
With a bit of practice you can easily master be the double under.
Used by Crossfit athletes, WODs, boxing skipping rope for conditioning + HIIT skipping
What The Manufacturer Says:
The pinnacle of speed rope innovation
When we were designing the Pro Series we had to make this speed rope better than anything else available on the market. The Pro-Series speed rope is the ultimate double under fitness tool ensuring build quality, functionality and speed are at your finger tips. We want this experience to be the one that you tell all your friends about.
Not all speed ropes are built equally
The Pro-Series is called so as it’s our top line speed rope. We chose a 15mm cut aluminium alloy handle that has been cross machined to give you a stronger more comfortable grip. The handle measures 130mm in length which from our research is the optimum length on average. This light weight aluminium is “bomb proof”. Using a light weight aluminium alloy is a relatively new concept amongst speed ropes and in our opinion is the latest and greatest thing to happen.
Used By Professional PTs & Athletes
No Label speed skipping ropes are the choice of professionals. They have been seen in many a Crossfit box, boxing gym or PT studio. The No Label brand is synonymous with quality. No Label offers extended warranties and customisation options. Disciplines using our ropes include, Crossfit, Boxing, MMA, Fitness, Endurance training & weight loss.
The Pro Skip 360 represents the next step up from the CSX SSR-1 rope previously reviewed. Very similar in nearly all aspects, its main improvement is the metal connection “wands” which the cable runs through. It’s compact size and versatility as a speed rope make it a great all rounder!
Like every week, I hit the box with my trial rope, this week the Pro Skip 360 skipping rope. At the start of the session I was concerned as to how the handles would fair, as previous experience had taught me that at times, plastic handles can bend, and that can be catastrophic to getting your PB, as a revolution comes to a grinding halt. My fears were quickly put away when the I got in the box, it was
“My fears were quickly put away when the I got in the box”
certainly a sturdy design. My main gripe with the rope however is that the way the handle and metal “wand” connect obviously wasn’t quite right, as after my WOD including a LOT of DU’s the connection was definitely starting to wobble. WOD partners with similar ropes didn’t have this problem, so I expect it to be an issue with either Pro Skip ropes, or maybe I was just unlucky!!
Revolutionary 360 Degree Seamless Rotation for Increased Performance and Minimal Wear – No More Kinking, Snagging or Bending Like Most Other Ropes.
Compact – Easy To Take With You To Train Anywhere and Everywhere – FREE Carry Case Included
100% Money Back Guarantee – If You Are Not Fully Satisfied With This Product We Will Send You Your Money Back!
What the manufacturer says:
Unlock the secrets of SKIPPING and start saying goodbye to that hard to shed fat!
Struggling to find time in your day to day routine? Work, home and having a social life keeps you busy at the best of times without the added stress of hitting the gym or pounding the pavement. Well now it’s even EASIER with the PRO SKIP 360.
Skipping For Ten Minutes Can Burn As Many Calories As Jogging At An Eight Minute Per Mile Pace
Skipping is a full body workout which uses your abdominals to stabilise the body, legs for jumping shoulders and arms for turning the rope.
Skipping helps to improve heart rate and blood pressure
Regular skipping sessions improve muscle tone in both lower and upper body
Perfect for all abilities and ages. Fully adjustable cable length to suit any body size and build
With its UNIQUE 360 DEGREE EYELET and BALL BEARING you will never experience any snagging or kinking unlike other inferior plastic models.
The plastic coated steel cable allows for high speed skipping and makes mastering those double and tripple unders a breeze!
FREE carry case means you can take it with you wherever you go without any hassle! NEVER MISS A WORKOUT AGAIN!
100% Money Back Guarantee takes all your worries away! You will LOVE this product, if not then your money back!
What are you waiting for? Buy now and skip ahead to a super fit future!
Will a speed rope make me better at double unders?
Are you that person that has been religiously going to park or to you box drilling single unders until your calfs are burning and you can’t do anymore, all within the hope that you can eventually get to double unders?
Well our advice is stop doing these single unders, man up and start trying the doubles.
When attempting a double under the contact time of your feet touching the floor is only slightly less than when you are performing a single under or a normal jump. What’s this got to do with anything i hear you ask? Well one thing that you do do, is you jump twice as high when performing a double under.
My point is that although we are performing the same movement during a double under as when we are doing a single under, we use recruit the muscle and use them in a very different way. What makes this happen is something call the stretch shortening cycle as know as the SSC. In layman’s terms this basically mean that your muscles when they contract are doing so more forcefully after being stretched by a load ie your higher jump.
When we look at this again it seems that the SSC is an integral part of the double under. This leads me onto my next point which is if you are trying to learn a double under the only way you can do this is by practice. You need to teach your body a new jumping pattern as a jump for a double under is completely different to that of a single under. So scaling back in this instance will not work.
My WOD says i need to do 50 DUs?
In this instance it would be better to attempt 10 x sets of 5 DUs than going back to singles until you can perform numerous DUs unbroken.
So to summarise if you want to be able to do a double under you need to teach your body how to do them, you need to be patient and stick with it. Also have in a speed rope will improve your chances.
If the answer is ‘Yes’ to this question are allowed to read on. Ok we get it, you hate going to the gym, you hate going running or jogging and you don’t have your own personal trainer or hundreds of pounds to spend on fancy equipment. Well my friend you are in luck. Below is a list of the best exercises to help you tone up, lose weight and get fit this summer.
Bodyweight exercises have been proven to be successful countless times. So if your goal is build muscle & burn fat, improve your athletic performance and increase your speed and power these are the excises for you. Just on a side note if we can make some of these moves explosive these will really help you with your endurance & athleticism.
Before committing to any form of exercise it is essential that you are physically fit and have checked everything out with your GP.
Have you heard about plyometric training?
“Plyometrics, also known as “jump training” or “plyos”, are exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or “explosive” way, for example with specialized repeated jumping. Plyometrics are primarily used by athletes, especially martial artists and high jumpers,to improve performance, and are used in the fitness field to a much lesser degree.”
Many of our top 5 exercises to get fit this summer use plyometrics, making them explosive and you know what that means fat busting!
So lets get in to the top 5
1. The push up – This mainly works the upper body and chest.
Start by lying on the floor with your face looking at it. Place your hands either side of your body slightly wider than should width apart. By pushing up from your hands lift your body off the floor. Ensure than when you do this hold your stomach muscles or core nice and tight. I was always taught to bring my tummy button in as close as i can and squeeze my contract my butt cheeks. Once your arms have extended lower yourself back down to the floor & repeat.
2. Air Squat – Predominantly working your legs
Begin by putting your feet slightly wider than should width apart. Put your weight in your heels, and pull your core muscle in tight and your shoulders back. Bend your knees and make the action as if you going to sit down on a chair. When squatting down your knees should not be going infront of your toes and your cores muscle engaged and shoulders are still back. If you need additional balance simply put your arms in front of you.
3. Sprint Drills – All Body workout
Simply find a flat piece of land or slightly hilly if you’re feeling adventurous approx 40-60m long. Mark out your start and stop lines, then sprint from one position to the other. When I say sprint, I mean really go for it, pump those arms and legs, shoulders back core pulled in tight and eyes looking at to the finish line. When you get there give yourself a pat on the back walk to the start then repeat.
Using a speed rope is a great way to get fit this summer and also very cheap. You can buy speed rope online for less than £15.00. What we want to do here is skip as fast as we can for 2 minutes then break for 30 seconds then go again. If you’re that good and can do double unders use them during this workout.
5. The Burpee – All Body Workout
Everyone hates burpees, and guess what they don’t like you very much either. You must remenber that this exercise turns your body into a fat burning machine. Begin standing up straight then oving into a squat poistion and place your hands in front of you. Immediately move your feet behind you and lower your chest towards the ground with your arms by your side. Then push up from there by bowing your chest up then snap you fee back up to the start position as quickly as you can. From here jump as high as you can. If none of this makes sense please ensure you watch the attached video.
So we’ve done our bit, now it’s your turn. Get out there have fun and put together some killer workout sets using the exercies above. Ensure you have ample rest and recovery between workout days to get the most out of your training.
Well for starters we need to look at budget. To be frank you’re not going to get a decent speed rope for less than a tenner. So our target price range to look for our best speed rope should be between £10-£50.
What should you be looking for?
– Either a high quality moulded plastic or metal handle. This will determine the type of weight of handle you will have. The plastic handles are usually a little lighter.
– The better quality speed ropes will feature a ball bearing mechanism to allow the speed rope to spin faster
– Usually when buying a speed rope they come with an oversize rope. When looking for the best speed rope, you ideally need it to be adjustable so that you can change the length easily. They will either have a screw adjustable top or lug which you can loosen or tighten.
– The rope part will need to be made from wire (usually steel). Either naked or covered in a hard-wearing nylon.
To give you an idea about what the best speed rope is, why don’t you visit our speed rope reviews page. Here you will find a number of product reviews including our clear winner the GASP Fitness SSR-1
As the nights are longer and warmer make the most of it, Take your speed ropein the park with you.
We all love the the great british summer time and since the clocks have gone forward we have even less of an excuse to get our butts out the front door and down to the park for a weight free workout.
There are countless exercises you can do without weights. Use what your mama gave you. That’s right bodyweight workouts are the way to go. You just need a few essential pieces of kit to help you get started.
01. Compression Kit –
Working out wearing Compression socks and tops will help you recover faster the next day. The thinking behind this it aids recovery by helping your body clear metabolic waste. (whatever that is)
Buying the ideal speed rope will help you nail this double unders in your park workout. Spin that rope round twice as fast as you can and don’t forget to jump. A killer workout for time is 1000 double unders or DUs as quickly as you can. Believe me your calf’s will be sore the next day.
03. Comfy Kicks –
You need a decent pair of shock absorbing trainers. If you’re running around doing sprint drills, then using your speed rope, then box jumping, it will take its toll on you joints. Be sure to buy a comfy pair of shock absorbing trainers. I like the nike free run 5.0. If you visit nike.com you can even design your own kicks.
04. iPod –
Other MP3s are available!! To keep up the pace why not listen to some high BPM music to keep you motivated.
There are countless weight free workouts that include the use of a speed rope, so what are you waiting for? Get your lazy butt out that front door., hit the park and start working out.
Athletes, Boxers, Crossfitters & gym goers use a skipping rope for a reason. If you learn to skip will be on track for improving your overall health and fitness. Using a skipping rope is by far one of the most effective ways to build your stamina, increase your foot speed & coordination and is also a great way to help build amazing your calf muscles.
Skipping can also be frustrating, the reason for this is that it not a natural movement and learning to skip will take practice.
We’ve put together a very easy to learn progression program to help you beginners sharpen your skipping skills.
There are two main parts to using a skipping rope. first of all you have the swing and then the jump. Below you will see a quick progression guide that will help you on your way to becoming a skipping master.
How to do It
First of all swing the rope over your head and perform one jump, that’s the beginning, now progress on to two sets on jumping twice, then three sets of three jumps & so on. Keep this going until you have reached all the way up to ten sets on ten skips or you are skipping for an average of fifteen to twenty minutes.
If you miss or get caught on a jump, just re-set the skill and start again from the previous level. This may be frustrating but in time it will get easier, we promise.
You should aim to complete this workout at least three or four times in a week. With this in mind by the end of the second week you will notice your stamina, technique & coordination have improved massively. If you do this practice right, you’ll be well on your way to looking like one of these professional boxers doing 3 minutes round in one go.
The whole point of practicing is to get better. For many people this will not be an easy task you must stick with it.
So below are the basics of the move. These have been broken down into small chunks so that you can understand the movement easier and learn to control your body, control the rope and put the whole move together to form one (then many) move(s).
So here is what you need to do the basics of the skipping rules are as follows:
First of all you will only jump high enough to clear the skipping rope as it is going around.
Keep your knees nice and soft/relaxed as you jump.
With this, you will need to land on the balls of your feet nice and lightly to minimise the impact on your knees & joints.
Use your wrists to swing the skipping rope– in a controlled way, do not your whole arm to control the rope.
Keep your elbows tucked in by your side.
If you start your jump when the rope is just above eye level, this should be roughly the right time when you are learning.
Allow the rope or wire to gently brush over the floor gently
Keep going until this all comes together in one fluid movement.
This is a basic guide to help people learn to skip. I hope this guide helps some or all of you budding skippers.