INSTRUCTIONS AND CARE
Here you will find useful information about basic jump rope form, setting up your jump rope and relevant assembly information for each jump rope brand and how to adjust the size of your jump rope.
This page is split out as follows:
Some important info before we get into the detail....
I just wanted to add a quick note of warning that as with any fitness tool, improper use of skipping ropes can lead to injury, so take care and read the below and make sure you contact us with any concerns. Our ropes are intended for adult use and contain small parts in some cases so please be careful when opening, adjusting and storing your ropes and keep away from small children. Also inspect your rope before use to make sure any cord ends/knots are tightly fastened. Check your space as well before you start, you don't want to accidentally cause some damage to items or people in your surroundings!
Jump rope is super fun so we are confident you will love it, we hope the below is useful to help you get started on your jump rope journey!
Section 1 - Jump Rope Form
With your jump rope purchased you’re now ready to start jumping! The real key to progress is practice, practice, and more practice! However, adopting proper form from the onset will make your jump rope journey more enjoyable and you’ll progress much faster. We recommend focusing on 2 core fundamentals…
The first thing to remember is to jump lightly on the balls of both your feet simultaneously. Jump only a couple of inches off the ground, just enough to let the rope pass under you.
The second fundamental is proper arm form. You should set your elbows slightly back, have your hands close to your torso, and grip the handles so they are parallel to the floor. Then, with this arm and hand positioning rotate the rope around you by moving the cables in a small circular motion. You should not have to engage your entire arms and shoulders, everything should stay quite tight and strong.
Check out the video below where we demonstrate these 2 fundamentals!
More advanced footwork and tricks like the “boxer skip”, “running in place”, and “crossovers” will come with practice. We recommend that you master basic jumping in place before moving onto to tricks, you should be able to jump this way for at least 3-5 mins before progressing to more advanced tricks.
CONDITIONING & FOOTWEAR
Jumping rope is super fun, and it's very easy to do too much too early and hurt your progress. I (Kaz) learnt the hard way. When I started jumping rope I was doing 20-30 minute sessions right from the start and wore minimalist running shoes with very little sole cushioning. The result, I had quite severe pain in my feet and ankles, and couldn’t jump for about 2 weeks until I recovered!
It’s important to listen to your body and make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to recover. Start out by jumping for just 5-10 minutes in your first sessions, and see how your muscles respond. Be sure to let yourself recover before jumping again. As the weeks go by and you practice more, your body will become more conditioned for jumping and you will need less time to recover between sessions.
Another thing to remember is to wear appropriate footwear. I’ve tried various different footwear for jumping rope. Many people will have different opinions on this topic….but this advice is just from my personal experiences. You may well find some footwear works great for you, everyone is a unique individual and is different in their own way, so figuring out what is right for you is really the key. For me I have found that I can perform much better and recover far quicker when I wear athletic footwear with ankle support and a well cushioned sole. I am not endorsed by any company but have found the Nike Lunar series and also Basketball shoes to be great for jumping rope. Basketball shoes provide a nice thick sole as well as some good ankle support, making them great for jumping rope.
GENERAL ROPE CARE & STORAGE TIPS
(note - these are general tips, we have more specific tips (where applicable) for each jump rope brand from Section 2 onwards. Especially useful is section 2 on RX Smart Gear which has some more specific tips)
Rope cords are not indestructible and so to help any jump rope last longer, we recommend the following:
- drape your rope over hooks (such as coat hooks, etc) - This is a great way to help your rope keep shape and helps a bit to remove or reduce kinks that may develop in the cable. This is also a good option if you don't have cable ties/jump rope bag. Note, it is preferable to hang by the handles if you are an RX user.
- If the above isn't an option, then make sure you wrap your rope neatly, for example in a 6-8 inch diameter circle and where necessary hold in place with cable ties or a jump rope bag. See video below which shows an example of this with the Original RX jump rope which is a particularly good option for storing this jump rope.
- Avoid just throwing the rope in your bag without neatly placing it in there as this could cause kinks/damage to the cable.
- Avoid using on harsh surfaces like concrete, tarmac, dirt, and gravel. Refer to our jump rope product guide as this indicates which ropes have a bit more durability on harsher surfaces. Wire based speed ropes are more harshly affected on surfaces like this.
- Ideal surfaces to jump rope on are jump rope mats, gym floors, rubber coated or matted floors, and PVC matting.
- DO NOT bend or tie your rope in a knot. Doing this will radically decrease its efficiency and life span (unless it's a beaded rope nylon cord!)
- If a kink develops then remove it by bending the cable in the opposite direction to work the kink out. This is only applicable to wire based speed ropes (our PVC and nylon don't kink!). Refer to the video in Section 2 - RX Smart Gear on rope care for an illustration of this.
For coated wire based cables, inspect your cable rope for tears in the covering before each use. If any tears are noticed and the wire cable is exposed/split, cease use immediately and replace the cable with a new one.
(this care info can be applied to any jump rope!)
Also see our blog post on rope care for more info and hacks!
Section 2 - RX SmartGear
Upon receipt of your Original RX Jump Rope you will need to assemble the rope by attaching each end of the cable to the handles. This step will also be required once your cable needs replacing. The video below shows 3 different ways to replace the cable on your Original RX Jump Rope.
CARING FOR YOUR ROPE
We want your rope to last as long as possible. Properly caring for your rope will extend its life, refer to the care points above but also see the below video from RX Smart Gear:
Section 3 - Elite SRS
See below videos and info on our Elite SRS series of jump ropes!
Just screw and unscrew with you hands to adjust and tighten. Cut excess cable with a wire cutter. See video below.
The Surge 3.0 uses a screw mechanism to hold the cable in place and to adjust. You don't need your own screwdriver as there is one hidden in the bottom of the handle. See video below!
PVC ropes - Including Cardio 2.0, Boxer Training Rope and Pro Freestlye
Snap/lock system makes adjusting length incredibly easy. Simply slide the adjustable end to the desired length and trim off the excess cord with some scissors.
Section 4 - Dope Ropes
The Dope Rope 2.0
Please refer to video above on PVC ropes
GENERAL CARE TIPS
- Keep your rope draped over a hook indoors or in neat loops to maintain rope shape.
- Avoid leaving outside in the cold
- Use a mat where possible or softer surfaces.
- Make sure the cable isn't too long. Your rope should be brushing the surface you are jumping on and not heavily impacting it which can happen with long cables and excess rope.
Dope Ropes Beaded Jump Ropes
Here is a great video from our suppliers Buyjumpropes.net on how to adjust a beaded rope:
Long handle beaded ropes and soft beaded ropes are adjsuted in the same way!