Admittedly, I’ve always found it funny seeing someone jump rope for the first time.
It’s inevitable. Everyone, including myself, has had a moment of struggle when first beginning to skip rope. If this is you, it’s okay! It’s normal to struggle at first.
But you don’t have to struggle for long. With the four insights laid out in this post and some experience, you’ll be kicking ass with your new jump rope very soon.
So if you’re tripping over your rope or concerned about what’s wrong with your form, you’ve come to the right place.
I put together a series of short videos showing you four important insights that will help you improve your jump rope technique.
- How to Size Your Jump Rope
- How to Jump and Correct Foot Position
- Jump Rope Stance and Body Position
- How to Rotate Your Jump Rope Properly
#1 How to Size a Jump Rope
The first thing to do before you begin to jump rope is to make sure your jump rope is the correct size. The majority of Rope City Jump Ropes are adjustable, so it is only a matter of adjusting the rope to the correct length.
To find out whether or not your jump rope is too long or too short, we laid out this 4 step process:
- With one foot, step on the middle of the rope and pull the handles straight, making sure the rope is tight
- The cable end(not the handle) should reach to the mid chest level
- Adjust the rope to your desired length
- Test the rope out and make sure it’s how you want it
You can also check out the Rope City Sizing Guide for more information.
Video Credit: Jump Rope Gym
#2: How to Jump and Correct Foot Position
The ability to establish good rhythm is the most difficult part for those new to jumping rope. Correct footing and proper jump technique is essential to learning to jump rope like a pro in a short amount of time.
Here are four key points to remember as you practice your form:
- Keep your feet close together, just a few inches apart
- Bend your knees slightly
- Jump on the balls of your feet, only a few inches off the ground
- Rely on the rotation and the speed of the rope
Video Credit: Jump Rope Gym
#3: How to Rotate Your Jump Rope Properly
Another problem many beginners run into is maintaining the speed and rhythm of the rope itself. The natural reaction for me when I first started was to force the rope to do what I wanted it to do instead of letting the rope go around my body naturally.
Use your wrists, trust the rope, and you will have great results!
#4: Jump Rope Stance and Body Position
This last insight will take you from “starting to learn” to an elite jump roper. The main things to remember with your jump rope stance and body position are these four points:
- Maintain good posture, keep your chest up and your shoulders back
- Stay relaxed and loose
- Focus on an object in front of you to maintain good position
- Keep your elbows in close to your sides