Make Sure The Rope Fits You
a. Stand on the rope with both feet, then pull up on the handles.
b. The top of the handles should be level with your armpits.
c. Shorten the rope by knotting it close to the handles, if necessary
Perfecting The Standard Move
a. If you’re a novice jumper, do as many jumps with the rope as you can.
b. Swing the rope to the side and continue hopping up and down as long as you can.
c. The motion will build endurance without the frustration of stumbling over the rope as you get tired.
Now, spice up your standard jump rope moves with these new skipping techniques:
a. Start with the basic jump (Photo 1)
b. When the rope is completely overhead and coming forward, cross your arms at waist level so your left hand is at your right hip, and vice versa. Keep your wrists straight so the handles are pointing out to the sides, not downward. As the rope comes down to your toes, hop over it (Photo 2).
c. As it once again comes up overhead, uncross your arms (Photo 3). Your hands should be back at your sides in the starting position (Photo 4). Remember to keep your hands low and in: If you flail them out to the sides, you’ll get tangled up.
d. Try adding this variation to your normal routine once every 10 jumps. You should soon be able to cross and uncross your arms every other jump.
Jump and Twist:
e. Return to the starting position and continue to alternate left, centre, right, and centre.
a. This variation mimics the movements of skiing. Instead of jumping straight up, hope about 6 inches to your right side as the rope passes under your feet (Photos 1 and 2).
b. For the next pass, hop back into the original position.
c. Now hop six inches to your left side as the rope comes around again (Photos 3 and 4).
d. With the fourth and final pass, hop back to the starting position.
Variation: Use a weighted jump rope to make the moves above a little more challenging.