What is the best form of jump roping for exercise?

It's pretty hard to resist not saying "up and down", honestly... LOL

But I'm sure you asked the question seriously and looking for some information and insight to help you to move forward from whatever level you may currently be at...

The fact is, jumping rope is a progressive exercise, one that can be difficult initially just doing a basic jump without a "cheat bounce", and over time becomes easier as your body adapts to that level of conditioning, your coordination increases and you're able to jump for longer amounts of time, and it begins to become a bit easier to do...

The basic jump is a single jump each time the rope approaches and passes beneath your feet, with no second "cheat" bounce in between. That is proper jumping form, and it is the first form to master. Only when you can do a proper basic single jump for perhaps a full 60 seconds or so should you consider attempting any other, more complicated jump rope forms, or what we call "tricks", of which I believe the last time I counted they were up to 46 or so...

These included double-unders, side to side, front to back, boxers skip, one legged jumps, and so on.

Depending on what your goals are, whether to gain the maximum conditioning, the maximum leanness, to lose weight, to gain muscle, to impress others, etc. will determine how you progress and what kind of workouts you should pursue.

If you're looking for the maximum ability to do tricks and to do speed work and fast moves, then you'll want a lighter jump rope, with speed ropes only weighing a few ounces, while regular ropes weight from 1/8 to 1/4 lb, at most. These thinner "speed ropes" usually consist of very thin pvc covered cable attached to ball bearing swivels at the handles to help them spin faster. Prices range considerably for speed ropes ranging from under $10 to closer to $50, with some having thin plastic handles while the other, more expensive ones, are made of aluminum and are precision tooled...

If you're looking for maximum weight loss, and maximum calorie burn, then you'll want to look into getting weighted jump ropes, which provide a pretty good workout for the shoulders, the arms, the back, and the abs as you jump rope. Weighted ropes are not the same as "jump ropes with weighted handles", but are actually thicker ropes, and while the weighted ropes in the lower 1/2 - 1 lb range can contain cables with a rubber covering, ropes heavier than that (2, 3, 4, 5lbs) are usually thick PVC ropes that get progressively thicker as they increase in weight. When you get up into the heavier ranges, it can seem more like your trying to jump using a garden hose, but the workout you get is undeniable.

You can't really learn jump rope technique at all from what someone writes, so what you really are looking for are videos that demonstrate and explain what's involved as you learn to jump properly and to advance to more sophisticated moves as your coordination, conditioning, strength, and abilities increase...

There are a lot of videos on YouTube on the subject of jumping rope, from the basics right up to very advanced tricks you can do, and some are quite good and useful, easy to understand and follow, while others are too vague and don't explain or demonstrate essential aspects that are involved clearly, overlooking and not revealing what you need to know to be able to begin attempting any particular trick you're looking into learning yourself.

The videos I'd probably recommend to you, to start watching first, would be the ones from The Jump Rope Dudes and they've got a lot of articles about various aspects of jumping rope on their website as well that I'm sure you'll find helpful.

They use and promote ropes from CrossRope which can be pretty pricey... which is fine if you have the funds to spare. But if those ropes are too expensive, you can find good quality ropes on Amazon and eBay for much less.

Honestly, you can't start doing more advanced forms and tricks until you can do the basic jump until you reach a pretty good level of conditioning, so start with that. Then, as you progress, start watching some of the videos that are available that show you what's possible and available to do with a jump rope.

The videos will inspire you and give you a vision of yourself jumping at a more advanced level, which will make it easier for you to more forward and progress and to begin to attain those skills one by one...

It doesn't come easy or happen overnight, and if you learn a new skill once a month, that's pretty good, and something to be proud of...

While jumping rope may look easy and seem like anyone can do it, as you watch someone else doing it, it's actually much harder than it looks, and provides a very thorough cardio workout and resistance workout when weighted ropes are used.

That should be enough to get you going, and get you on the right path with some good resources and good instruction, and allow you to advance and reach whatever level of skill and/or fitness you desire to...

It takes time, like any kind of exercise, to get good at it and to get to the level you desire to.... but jumping rope is a fun exercise with lots of benefits, and with lots of options as to how you can pursue it... it's an excellent form of HIIT Training, and you'll be surprised at how quickly the time goes by when you're jumping, and just how good a workout it really is...

Enjoy....! ;-)


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