How to choose a skipping rope that's right for me?
There are essentially three different skipping ropes to choose from.
Gym ropes. There's a range of skipping ropes made specifically for using in workout routines. Put aside your ideas of wooden handles and brightly coloured rope, modern workout ropes feature steel cabling and ergonomically designed handles for increased grip. To reduce the strain on the wrist and increase rotation speed, many ropes now feature a ball-bearing system fitted into the handle. In comparison to other workout equipment the skipping rope is lightweight and portable, allowing you to carry it with you and workout when it is convenient for you.
Speed ropes. Speed ropes are favoured by CrossFit trainers, MMA practitioners, and boxers for their speed and manoeuvrability. Generally, speed ropes are made of lightweight composites for the handles and PVC coated steel wire to resist abrasion. You can also expect features such as rotary ball-bearing mounts in the handles and adjustable wire lengths to suit different heights. Generally speed ropes are used to increase the intensity of workouts by upping the number of rotation possible over time. Faster ropes can also be used to attempt tricks like double unders. Practicing speed rope skills and tricks is becoming increasingly popular.
Traditional ropes. The skipping rope started out as children’s toy before being adopted as a piece of fitness equipment. While the more traditional models may lack some of the more high-tech features of the speed rope, they are still fun to use and the benefits of regular exercise apply as much to children as they do to adults.