With CrossFit comes a variety of ways to get in your cardio fix; running, rowing, biking, and last but not least jumping rope! We have singles, doubles, triples, and heavy ropes now showing up in CrossFit. Like this years open work out 10 rounds of thrusters and double unders. In a workout like this it really pays to have a jump rope you are comfortable with and that is fitted for you!
Picking a jump rope can be tricky and sizing it can be as well. So here are a few types of ropes and tips for sizing and choosing them.
For beginners it is sometimes easier to go with a little longer rope as you may find it hard to keep yourself in a neutral position at first (because you have never felt it before) but you are working towards it. Also it may help to have a heavier rope so you can feel the rotation of the rope. A few companies make these heavier ropes with interchangeable cables to handles. If you buy this kind then as you get better you can get a thinner rope that spins faster. The only downside to me about these ropes is sizing. If you like a longer rope then you have to buy a new cable and if you want it shorter you have to buy another cable.
Some places that sell these types of ropes are roguefitness.com (pictured) and RxSmartgear.com
NOT SO BEGINNER
This section is if you have say 30+ double unders regularly like a champ. Things start to open up there are so many ropes out there now! Now it comes down to competition or recreation. Feel of the rope comes into play here and how much barbell work you do. A lot of companies have started moving away from plastic handles because they break and aren't as smooth as metal on metal as well as not feeling like the barbell or pull up bar. Some ropes have knurling like a barbell even, so cool! Also you probably want a thinner cable for your rope at this point if you are still going heavy. The lighter cable makes it less taxing on the shoulders and forearms and lets the rope spin more easily. Some ropes lock the cable in more than others not providing for as much play of your arms to go left and right. Personally I like the ropes that have the ball to let the rope swivel. A lot more companies offer these two styles and some companies let you stylize your rope more or less depending on what you want and are willing to spend. Along with the companies in the last group you can now also visit RPMfitness.com