When it comes to being in tip-top shape, especially for boxing and kickboxing training, a jump rope is one of the best pieces of equipment you can invest in. With the numerous benefits of jumping rope and the affordable options, it’s no surprise that most fighters use jump ropes to increase their endurance and boost their boxing training.
Here, FightCamp Trainer Jess Evans will outline how to choose the right jump rope, the benefits of jumping rope, and the different types of jump ropes. Jess is a 3-time amateur Muay Thai champion and an avid roper (she has a jump rope in her gym bag at all times). With her tips and top key factors, you’ll be training like a pro boxer!
How To Choose The Right Jump Rope
1. Fitness Goals
Before purchasing a jump rope, ask yourself the following questions:
Starting to jump rope to lose weight?
Trying to build strength?
Looking to improve endurance?
Trying to master boxing footwork?
2. Rope Length
Golden Rule: Measure and cut the rope to your shoulder height
Stand on the middle of the rope with one foot
Pull up on the handles
The handles should come up to shoulder height
Some people prefer the jump rope to be a little longer, while others prefer it a little shorter
Jess’ Preference: Shoulder-height to avoid rope lagging, tripping, and hitting the toes
What material is the jump rope made of?
Is it made of cheap materials?
Do the handles spin freely?
Jess’s Preference: Free rotating handles which help with speedwork and tricks
You get what you pay for
If you want a quality jump rope that will last, you may need to invest more
4 Benefits of Jumping Rope
The reasons are endless when it comes to adding jumping rope into your boxing routine. Here are Jess’ top four (4) benefits:
1. Increases Stamina and Endurance
Use it as a warm-up for your workout
Use it as a full-body workout
An excellent way to improve conditioning, increase stamina, and build endurance
2. Improves Coordination
Challenges your brain to do two things simultaneously
Move both hands and feet together
3. Improves Explosiveness and Quickness
Serves to help build and improve fast-twitch muscle fibers
Helps you move around more freely, in an explosive manner
4. Improves Footwork
Go-to training exercise for most fighters
Helps you remain active and light on your feet
Utilize different patterns (jumps) to mimic ring movements
Different Kinds of Jump Ropes
Here are four (4) of the main types of jump ropes and their features:
1. Weighted Jump Rope
Great for conditioning grip, shoulders, and forearms
Weighs more than your average jump rope
Average weighted jump rope: 1-2 lbs.
Average standard jump rope: 6-10 oz.
Rope can do damage when hitting toes, not ideal for beginners
Price: Typically $15 - $30
2. Speed Jump Rope
Ideal for improving jump rope explosiveness
Improves cardio, coordination, footwork
Best rope when it comes to mastering double-unders
Double-unders: Jump rope passes under feet twice per single jump
Price: Typically $15 - $40
3. Performance Jump Rope
Ideal for mastering jump rope tricks
Best for general jump rope purposes
Price: FightCamp Jump Rope is part of our Endurance Kit
4. Tracking Jump Rope
Similar to the FightCamp Punch Trackers, this jump rope tracks your jump count
Also, tracks calories burned and time spent jumping
Coach Aaron’s Take: Anytime you use equipment that is connected (tracking) it makes you work that much harder to challenge yourself
Price: $15 - $90
The Ultimate Training
There are many things to consider when purchasing a jump rope–whether it’s your first one or a new one. Jess and the rest of the FightCamp Trainers are professionals when it comes to boxing training, and they know the ins and outs of quality equipment as well.
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