8 Jump Rope Exercises to Improve Your Agility & Fitness
Jun 03, 2021Devin Meek
Jumping rope is a great tool for improving your strength & agility because it incorporates so many training elements: conditioning, timing, hand-eye-foot coordination, and the mental focus to access these elements at the same time.
This is almost a skipping motion over the rope — you pass one leg at a time over the rope as it comes beneath you. Try to move as quickly as you can and count only every time your right leg hits the ground. Do not underestimate the effectiveness of this drill. This is a great starting point for improving your quickness and developing your aerobic ability.
Plant your hands on floor, jump your feet back, and lower your chest all the way to floor like doing a pushup. The “pushup” as explosively as possible, ending with a rope jump. This movement is excellent for developing strength, and it’s an aerobic burner.
Jump repeatedly on either the right or the left leg. This is an excellent workout for developing your balance and building up power and elasticity in your legs.
With this drill, you will start with your feet staggered (one foot forward and one foot backward). You will then jump up and switch the feet so that you now have your other foot forward. Continue in this pattern working at contacting the ground at the same time with both feet. The Ali shuffle will help greatly improving your coordination … it’s tougher than it sounds.
Move side to side instead of just up and down as you jump. Start with one leg off the ground with the knee up toward waist height. You will hold that leg up and in position while hopping on the other foot. This is very challenging as it incorporates stability in the foot/ankle complex (balance & control). This will also help improve your ability to move laterally.
Cross one foot in front of the other with each jump, aligning the feet when you land so they are one in front of the other, vs parallel. Jump as quickly as possible Another great movement for improving stability in the foot/ankle complex and your balance & control.
The double under is popular in CrossFit circles because it develops both aerobic ability and explosive power in the legs and arms/wrists. See our double under video.
With this movement you will rotate your hips side to side as you jump, developing core strength and agility.
About the Author
Devin Meek is the Director of Education for Elite Jumps. He's been a jump rope entertainer for over eighteen years and is a three-time world champion competitive jumper. Devin travels the country sharing his passion for the sport, giving jump rope workshops to schools, CrossFit gyms, and corporate wellness programs.
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