Best Jump Ropes for Fitness
Oct 14, 2022Jordan Lindstrom
When I started out with jump ropes as a fitness coach 20 years ago it was mostly a fringe sport limited to boxers and playgrounds.
But in the last few years jump rope has gone mainstream. Celebrities have started incorporating jump rope into their fitness routines. CrossFit has spawned a whole new jump rope sport (double unders). And jump ropes hang in just about every gym in America.
With all this growth, fitness companies have taken notice … in a big way, developing jump ropes of every conceivable style, size and color.
As a fitness coach and a jump rope specialist I've coached a few speed jumping national champions and a world record holder, and have even won a few speed jumping competitions myself.
I've used and experimented with hundreds of different varieties. Here's what I recommended you look for in a good, every day jump rope for fitness workouts:1. Handle Design: Look for the following features:
2. Ease of resizing & rope replacement: Most jump ropes come at a default "one size fits all" length. But rope length is important for comfort and efficiency when jumping. The rope you buy should be easy to resize to fit your perfect length. (See my jump rope sizing guide.) It's also important that the handles easily detach from the rope. This allows you to replace the cord when it wears out, instead of the whole jump rope.
3. Cable Quality: lf you buy a cable rope (vs a PVC rope), look for cable covered in quality nylon. The highest quality jump rope cables are typically USA made and coated in nylon. Vinyl coated cable is very flexible but will wear out extremely fast.
Using these criteria, you should be able to find any number of very good jump ropes for fitness. Below, I've listed my personal favorites based on skill level.
Good all around jump ropes that are very forgiving, easy to adjust and easy to handle and rotate at slower speeds.
Summary: An excellent all around jump rope with long handles for a strong hold, an easy length adjustment system and a slower PVC cord that can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Price: $21.99 - shop options
Summary: Heavy duty 5mm string-core PVC rope that can be used on any surface. Because the rope is attached to the handles at a 90 degree angle it's fast (great for double unders). 5.5" polymer grippy dimpled handles offer a smooth action despite not having ball bearings.
Price: $17.99 - shop options
These are excellent fitness ropes for experienced rope jumpers who haven't quite hit the level of a Floyd Mayweather, but can jump for long periods without missing.
Summary: A long handle rope with heavy 2" thick walled beads for a more intense workout. An excellent all-around fitness rope that is popular because the weight of the beads slows the rope down, improving feedback and enabling a more consistent rhythm.
Price: $22.99 - shop options
Summary: Ultra durable fitness rope features a thick 6mm PVC cord with an inner string cord that can be used both indoors on smooth surfaces and outside on rough ones. The 6mm cord is thicker than most similar ropes, adding resistance to workouts for a serious arm and cardio burn.
Price: $19.99 - shop options
These jump ropes are best for advanced jumpers who need a very fast ropes. These jump ropes are designed for speed skipping and double unders, and come with a variety of different cable types for different uses.
Summary: Extremely fast and versatile fitness rope that has become popular for speed and double unders at competitions, with competitive jumpers using to get up to seven jumps a second. Handles feature a patented ball bearing system that make it very efficient and smooth spinning.
Price: $44.99 - shop options
Summary: A heavy solid core 1.3-pound PVC jump rope for adding heavy resistance to your jump rope workouts. Best for experienced jumpers who are ready to take it up a notch and do workouts that are more muscle burn than cardio.
Price: $27.99 - shop options
About the Author
Matt Hopkins is a former competitive speed jumper and jump rope coach. Matt has won numerous national championships in speed jumping, and his athletes have won several national speed and freestyle titles and have broken world and national speed records. He also taught middle and elementary school PE in Leavenworth WA for 23 years.
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