Which skipping ropes are there and where are the differences?
Once you've decided to train with the skipping rope, the question quickly arises as to which skipping rope you should actually buy. Probably the most important component here is the jump rope length. Because if the rope is too short or too long, it cannot exhibit ideal flight characteristics and the jump and rotation in the wrist become biomechanically inefficient. So it should be decided according to height and proportions. To find the length, proceed as follows:
1) Stand with one foot in the middle of the skipping rope.
2) Position yourself upright and stretch your legs through
3) Pull the rope up the handles at right angles to the sides of the body.
4) The rope (Attention: Not the handles) should end just below your nipples.
In the past, skipping ropes were made with the simplest means, but nowadays, by comparison, they are real high-tech models that can do a lot more. For example, there are skipping ropes with additional weights or integrated counters. In principle, skipping ropes are divided into four categories:
Speed Ropes are usually used in classic fitness training. They are made of PVC and are very elastic. They are ideal for very high speeds and require little effort to swing and often have built-in ball bearings to give the rope more stability.
- Long Handle
Long Handle skipping ropes have longer handles and make it easier for athletes to learn new movements in freestyle training.
This skipping rope is characterized by plastic elements threaded through it, which cause a higher weight. The result of this design is a slower movement and a higher controllability. The increased "crackling" of the plastic parts on the floor provides an additional rhythm.
- Long Rope
Long ropes are skipping ropes with a length of 3-6 meters. With their diameter of about 1cm they are much thicker than the others of their kind. The Long Rope is swung at both ends by persons while one or more persons jump over the spinning rope.
Why is the training with the skipping rope so effective?
Skipping rope jumping is an indispensable part of functional and crossfit training - and even in boxing and weight lifting, athletes reach for the skipping rope during every training session. Whether as a warm-up program or fitness training, the skipping rope should be regularly integrated into the WOD's or the training routine. This is because skipping is an extremely effective training method with many advantages. It trains strength, endurance, coordination and speed. In addition, it provides effective training for the entire leg muscles and has a good effect on the stabilizing trunk muscles. Your coordinative abilities such as rhythm, balance, reaction and adaptability are also trained with regular rope jumping. On top of that, you're burning a lot of kilocalories, depending on the intensity and amount of training. And the best part is, rope jumping is inexpensive and anyone can learn it with ease.