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.
When we say the best skipping rope for MMA what exactly do we mean?
There are loads of different factors that make up what the best skipping rope for mma is. Speed ropes & skipping ropes come in loads of different sizes styles, with different handles & grips. The speed rope or skipping rope is used by MMA athletes as tool for fitness and conditioning.
Skipping or using a speed rope is a great way to improve your coordination. Having great coordination is paramount to your success in the ring or cage. All fighters need to be able to throw a punch, kick, knee, elbow or flying strike and therefore being coordinated is key. Obviously when skipping, your hands and feet must be working together in coordination to have the rope spin correctly.
There are many skipping drills & techniques that fighters use to challenge and improve there coordination. You will often see fighters skipping in front of mirrors, changing feet, jumping from side to side, jumping on one leg, skipping backwards and forwards performing double unders or multiple double unders as part of there training.
Fighters or boxers usually will train in rounds 2 minute rounds for amateur, 3 minute rounds for professionals & 5 min rounds for MMA fighters. Between each round they will usually have between 30-60 seconds break before starting there rounds again. Another way you will find a fighter training with a skipping or speed rope is that that may even use a weighted skipping rope. This adds an extra element to their training and will help to build muscle in their arms while also improving their lactic acid training, so they can train harder & for longer periods of time.
You will see fighters using a combination of different speed rope & weighted skipping ropes as part of their training. If you are looking to buy the perfect speed rope for double unders please click the link below & visit amazon.
Right then people lets talk about what the best skipping rope is.
Once you have decided which pair of trainers you will buy for your visit to the local box we can help you with which is the best skipping rope.
Your skipping rope, jump rope, or speed rope will become your new best friend. You’ll find you will be taking it everywhere with you, to every box, every workout an even on holiday with you.
Everyone will have a best skipping rope for crossfit, and these skipping ropes will be what works best for that athlete, indiviual or crossfitter. You must remember that one rope that works well for one person may not be ideal for the next person. There is no “one size fits all” solution.
First things first, you will need to get a rope to fit your size/height and ability.
In our opinion there are two main places to buy these from. You are unlikely to find a speed rope or skipping rope for crossfit in a local sports shop or superstore. So we recommend buying a skipping rope online. Two sources that we can suggest are :
In terms of setting up the rope length to suit you, we have a number of resources on this site, simply search for “what length should my skipping rope be”. If the link isn’t work all you need to do is a simple google source and there will be more than enough information to help you on your way.
Another thing to take into consideration, is what weight of cable or rope will work best for you. This will depend on whether you are a season pro crossfit athlete, a newbie or someone looking for an upgrade. If you are new to crossfit and you are just learning double unders it would be easier to start with a thicker cable. This is because the rope turns slower which in turn allows you begin developing coordination to help you on the way to a perfect double under. As you grow in confidence, swapping your rope across to a thinner wire or steel rope will definitely speed up time during your work out of the days or WODs.
Finally the last thing to think about is price. You can pick up a vinyl skipping rope for between £5-£10, however a good speed rope with the steel cable will set you back from £11.99-£49.99
The easiest way of explaining exactly what a speed rope is, is its very similar to to jump rope or skipping rope, however the term ‘speed rope’ would explain that this particular skipping rope has been made for speed.
The speed rope has a lighter design than a traditional skipping rope ie the handles and the actual rope section, or what would be the rope section of a skipping rope is actually a metal wire. These metal wires are often covered by a coloured or clear plastic/resin.
The heavier component parts of the speed rope allows the athlete or user to do an increase number of revolutions during his or her workout. If you are familiar with double or even triple unders, using a speed rope make performing this exercise a little easier.
Speed ropes come in a number of different designs and colours, some with plastic moulded handles, some with rubber handles and even with weighted metal handles. They are usually cylindrical shaped and easy for the user of the skipping rope to hold.
The colours of the handles are often different, some even have comfortable foam grips, and even come in varying widths for ease of grip or to make using the speed rope more comfortable.
There are loads of benefits to your health, fitness & coördination by switching to a speed rope, some of these benefits include offering a higher intensity sessions based on being able to do an increased number of revolutions, improved footwork as you will need to move your feet even faster than normal, and increased stamina.