Video: Rocky made skipping rope for exercise look easy, but it’s more than just hopping to badarse music. It’s all in your rhythm, the type of rope you use, the right length of rope and good form. There’s a lot of ground to cover, but this video will bring you up to speed.
First, you need to know the different types of skipping ropes: Speed ropes, segmented beaded ropes and cloth ropes. Speed ropes are made of phthalate free vinyl cords which are designed to whip through the air. Beaded ropes are covered with polyethylene beads that are more durable, whereas cloth ropes are nylon ropes, slower and easier to control. Beaded and cloth ropes are ideal for beginners.
You’ll also learn how to adjust the size of the skipping rope to your height and the proper rhythm for the exercise. The basic technique is hopping only once with every turn of the rope, but once you’ve got that down you can get fancy with footwork and increase the tempo. If you’ve ever skipped roped for more than a couple of minutes consecutively, you can feel that it’s a good form of cardio, while also helping your agility, footwork and shoulder and forearm strength.
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