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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali once famously said, ”Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Many people don’t realize he was talking about double-unders.
Okay, technically he was referring to his fighting style. But where do you think those quick feet came from? Jumping rope, at least in part.
Like most people, you probably ditched your jumprope on the schoolyard decades ago and never looked back. But there are many benefits to the practice that go beyond the playground or boxing ring. You can skip rope just about anywhere, and the workouts can help improve your cardio, footwork, and overall health.
Whether you haven’t skipped rope since second-grade or you’re a CrossFitter competing at the highest level of competition, here are some of the best jump ropes designed for all fitness levels. Once you get your rope, check out these workouts to push your fitness even further.
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CrossRope brings an extra heft to your jumprope workouts, with a simple clip system that allows you to switch between light (green, a quarter pound) and heavy ropes (white, half a pound). The handles are heavy-duty, too, with extra grip to help you hold on even when you’re sweaty.
There’s also an app available to give you routines to do to get your sweat on. Want a challenge without busting out your phone? Try a workout switching back and forth between the ropes like a dropset.
Garage Fit 9′ Adjustable PVC Jump Rope
This PVC rope is as basic as you can get, because sometimes, that’s exactly what you need. The lightweight plastic handles and 9-foot cord create a durable, inexpensive fitness package that can handle basic workouts just as well as the bigger, better made ropes.
This rope is made to take a beating, so start your jumprope journey here. Once you advance past basic skipping for a few minutes at a time—which might not ever happen if you don’t work at it—move on to one of the more tricked-out options on the list.
XYLsports Jump Rope
This basic jump rope has a comfortable grip, quick rope swing, and holds up against the toughest terrain.
High-quality ball bearings make jumps smooth and protect your wrists and shoulders from strain. Now you can take your workouts just about anywhere and never miss a beat — but just in case you do miss, the cable’s spongy texture is forgiving on your shins.
CyberDyer Weighted Ropeless Jumprope
Yes, this is exactly what it looks like: a jumprope without a rope. Stick with us for this one.
The CyberDyer ‘rope’ uses weighted handles with short leads attached to mimic the feel of skipping with a real rope without actually needing to swing one around. The concept sounds weird, but the low-impact tool could give people who don’t have a ton of room to work with a good alternative on the days they want to get their heart rate bumping. Even if you won’t build the same type of coordination you would with an actual rope, you’ll never need to worry about tripping yourself up.
Survival and Cross Jump Rope
Friends don’t let friends skip using unbalanced kid’s toys—when you’re ready for a real workout, you level up to something like this Survival and Cross rope. This lightweight, affordable jump rope is great for boxing and MMA fitness training, or just to switch up your cardio routine.
The cord is easy to adjust for the right fit and small enough to take on the go without getting tangled in your bag. Whether you’re tall or short, this rope will get the job done.
EliteSRS Elite Surge 2.0
If you’re looking to step up your doubles game, the Elite Surge 2.0 is built for the CrossFit community. The thin foam handles provide optimal grip through turns and sweat, improving your spin control and efficiency.
But what sets the Elite Surge 2.0 apart is its patented dual-ball bearing technology that can help you achieve multiple rotations each second. The ball bearings give the rope a balanced feel and reduce stress on your wrists, making high knees a breeze while you crush your Crossfit WODs.
WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope
This solid option is made for the quick spins and heavy usage needed for the toughest CrossFitters. Sturdy handles and a four-bearing connection help to keep the rope stable.
The length is adjustable, so you can snip it for perfect performance tailored to your needs. Beat it up all you want—WOD Nation also offers a lifetime guarantee.
Sonic Boom M2 High Speed Jump Rope
If you thought jump rope was child’s play, you haven’t taken the Sonic Boom M2 for a spin.
The silicone, anti-slip grips stay comfortably in your hand as you skip up a sweat while the two adjustable, 10-foot cables help you find the sweet-spot length to hit your goals. The patent-pending ball bearing system and weight-balanced handles make this a great rope whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skipper.
RopeFit Heavy Jump Rope
If improving strength and burning fat is your goal, a heavy rope like the Ropefit is the way to go. This heavy-duty cable is designed to help you torch up to 1,000 calories an hour and shed pounds faster. Your weight loss goals will feel much closer whipping this eight-pound beast over your head—that’s like skipping with a gallon of milk attached to a regular rope.
RopeFit is made with a rugged Poly Dacron cable, the same material used in many battle ropes you see at the gym. You can choose from 1.5’’ and 2’’ thickness cables in two length options to suit your workout needs.
Tangram Smart Rope
Jumping and counting at the same time is so yesterday thanks to this high-tech jump rope. Built-in LED lights display your number of jumps creating the illusion that the digits are floating in mid-air. It’s just the right amount of distraction to make you forget how much pain you’re in. But hey, no pain, no gain, right?
Like many smart-fitness devices, the rope can sync with your mobile device via the compatible app, which tracks reps, calories, burned, and even lets you compete in jump-offs with your friends. One-time sync stores up to 100 sets of fitness stats. And the rope comes in four fun colors to choose from—black, gold, silver, and red.
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