Learn How to Jump Rope Like a Pro | 7 Tips
The jump rope can be a great cardio exercise if you know how to jump rope properly. Not only does jumping rope help you burn a ton of calories and improve your speed and quickness, it’s also cheap and you can do it just about anywhere.
Below I have 7 tips to ensure you learn how to jump rope like a pro, and I also have a CRAZY Youtube video of the “Best Jump Roper in the World” doing jump rope tricks. But first, here’s a quick video demonstration by yours truly:
Learn How to Jump Rope: Video Demonstration
Before getting into the tips, I’ve used many different types of jump ropes ranging from wooden handles with a leather rope, plastic handle with lightweight cotton. but I prefer rubber jump ropes with unweighted handles and a ball and socket inside. The Valeo jump rope is my favorite and retails for only $10.
1) Jump on the Balls of your feet
5) Hands Slightly Above Waistline
Hand position is important and this is also dependent on the length of the rope you have. Your arms should be comfortably bent, hands placed about a foot from your sides and about waist level.
6) Get in a Rhythm
You can really jump rope as fast as you want, but getting in a rhythm can make jump rope easier and more fun. It’s kind of like hitting your stride as you jog, so you can do the same thing jumping rope. I like to complete a certain number of revolutions, or reps in a certain amount of time, let’s say a pace of roughly 150 reps per 60 seconds. It’s really up to you what feels comfortable and what type of workout you are doing.
7) Practice, Practice, Practice
This is by far the most important tip of all! Most of my training clients do
not know how to jump rope properly at their first session. But after their 4th, or 5th session ,they are jumping rope like a pro. How is that possible? First, start out with the rope behind you, then:
a) Do one jump rope rep then stop
b) Do two jump rope reps, then stop
c) Keep on going
This progressive strategy helps prevent, or unlearn the dreaded “double hop”, which is when you hop twice in between every revolution. In addition, the main reason I created the preceding video is so you can watch how I do it and just follow along. Then, it’s really just a matter of putting in maybe an hour, or two of practice, next thing you know, you’re jumping rope like a pro boxer and you’re burning fat like it’s going out of style.
But before you start learning how to jump rope, check out this video below. I used to think I was pretty good at jumping rope, but Buddy Lee puts me to shame! Buddy Lee is the self proclaimed “Best Jump Roper in the World” and founder of the Buddy Lee Jumping Rope Institute. You have to see this video. INSANE!
Buddy Lee CRAZY Jumping Rope Tricks!
For years I started out my workouts with 10 minutes of jumping rope without rest as a warm up, then hit the weights. I would also do it before, or after some interval training treadmill workouts to really burn out my calves and increase my speed and quickness.
Starting out, you can use some more basic interval training techniques, like 50-100 reps, then rest 30-90 seconds and do 5-10 cycles.
I’ll be introducing you to a few jumping rope workouts in the future. I also plan on showing you several different types of jumping rope techniques to spice things up once you learn the basics.
I hope these 7 tips make jumping rope easier for you to learn!