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    Best skipping rope for uncoordinated idiot?

    OK, imagine you are poorly coordinated, never skipped and fitness has taken a terrible turn for the worse in last 12 months... Googling the subject of best beginners skipping rope gives entirely contradictory advice
    Rogue has a page with a million different skipping ropes and they're all expensive and none have name like "beginners".

    What is the best thing for a total beginner to get started - a bit of heavy old rope, speed skipping rope, one from the Dollar (pound) store, or what?
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    OK, imagine you are poorly coordinated, never skipped and fitness has taken a terrible turn for the worse in last 12 months... Googling the subject of best beginners skipping rope gives entirely contradictory advice
    Rogue has a page with a million different skipping ropes and they're all expensive and none have name like "beginners".

    What is the best thing for a total beginner to get started - a bit of heavy old rope, speed skipping rope, one from the Dollar (pound) store, or what?
    Just jump up and down and pretend you have a rope, less coordination required, you'll save a couple of bucks and wont trip...
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    OK, imagine you are poorly coordinated, never skipped and fitness has taken a terrible turn for the worse in last 12 months... Googling the subject of best beginners skipping rope gives entirely contradictory advice
    Rogue has a page with a million different skipping ropes and they're all expensive and none have name like "beginners".

    What is the best thing for a total beginner to get started - a bit of heavy old rope, speed skipping rope, one from the Dollar (pound) store, or what?
    You're going to want carbon fiber grips. Sleep Number type adjustability. Glow in the dark silk core with poly-carbon mantle equalling no more than 30% of the ropes weight. 4 stage adjustable hand guards and that's just the rope. We also need to discuss the, 3 piece, titanium rimmed, polished oak jumping platform you're going to need.
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    Originally Posted by 7Seconds View Post
    You're going to want carbon fiber grips. Sleep Number type adjustability. Glow in the dark silk core with poly-carbon mantle equalling no more than 30% of the ropes weight. 4 stage adjustable hand guards and that's just the rope. We also need to discuss the, 3 piece, titanium rimmed, polished oak jumping platform you're going to need.
    So you've been on the Rogue site too. Even narrowing it down to something endorsed by Rich Froning (obviously that's essential for a beginner) it's still a bewildering array. Is there a particular finish of titanium needed for it to be classed as "functional" and is it true the more I spend the fitter it will make me?
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    So you've been on the Rogue site too. Even narrowing it down to something endorsed by Rich Froning (obviously that's essential for a beginner) it's still a bewildering array. Is there a particular finish of titanium needed for it to be classed as "functional" and is it true the more I spend the fitter it will make me?

    Don’t remember the site but I was looking last year around the start of Covid and was a bit surprised with all that was involved. From what I remember being told by others is if you’re serious about your rope jumping, get an Rx Rope. Weighted ropes improve your wrist and forearm strength. You'll get the best cardio results from speed rope or a normal rope. I just wanted it for a warmup a couple of times a week. I bought a $2 Golds Gym rope at Walmart. I hated that one. Upgraded to the $10-12 model and have used it a couple of times a week for almost a year. Works great for what I need.
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    OK, imagine you are poorly coordinated, never skipped and fitness has taken a terrible turn for the worse in last 12 months... Googling the subject of best beginners skipping rope gives entirely contradictory advice
    Rogue has a page with a million different skipping ropes and they're all expensive and none have name like "beginners".

    What is the best thing for a total beginner to get started - a bit of heavy old rope, speed skipping rope, one from the Dollar (pound) store, or what?
    Hey man, I've been regularly skipping rope for ~5 years now. www.crossrope.com definitely has the best quality ropes IMO. I've bought 4 different ones from them. A little more expensive, but worth it. For your first rope, I'd recommend a 1/4 pound rope.

    Here is a vid of me w/the 1/4 pound rope. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PWe...ature=youtu.be

    Keep in mind when I first started, I couldn't even keep a basic rhythm. Takes consistent practice, but it becomes second nature after a while.

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    Originally Posted by mtpockets View Post
    Just jump up and down and pretend you have a rope, less coordination required, you'll save a couple of bucks and wont trip...
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    I know one of the main former trainers for George Foreman and jump-rope is one of the staples fr cardio. They are pros.

    I haven't searched, but try "Jump rope for boxers." Boxers also use weighted ropes. Some are very weighted and thick.
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    Originally Posted by ajdahlheimer View Post
    Hey man, I've been regularly skipping rope for ~5 years now. www.crossrope.com definitely has the best quality ropes IMO. I've bought 4 different ones from them. A little more expensive, but worth it. For your first rope, I'd recommend a 1/4 pound rope.

    Here is a vid of me w/the 1/4 pound rope. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PWe...ature=youtu.be

    Keep in mind when I first started, I couldn't even keep a basic rhythm. Takes consistent practice, but it becomes second nature after a while.

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    Thanks, what I did get from your video was that you were jumping on a mat and the skip rope was striking it. I'm going to be on wooden decking, probably should grab a mat then...

    So a lighter choice of a weighted rope. Right.. will see what I can get in the £10 range. But not sure I'm ready to pay big bucks for crossrope at this stage!
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    Thanks, what I did get from your video was that you were jumping on a mat and the skip rope was striking it. I'm going to be on wooden decking, probably should grab a mat then...

    So a lighter choice of a weighted rope. Right.. will see what I can get in the £10 range. But not sure I'm ready to pay big bucks for crossrope at this stage!
    The mat is 100% to preserve the rope. When I was just skipping on concrete--it chewed through my first rope in about a year. Need to get more than a year out of a $65 rope. So the mat is a necessity. I've had the three ropes I currently own for years now and they are in great shape.
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    My plan is 3 mins every weekday, increasing by 1 minute each week. I'm expecting 3 minutes of stumbling and swearing for the entire session in first week rather than skipping. At what point that will transform into minutes of fluid coordinated exercise I don't yet know. Once I can actually skip I'll look into ropes with specific weights etc (noting the 1/4lb suggestion above)
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    I have a RX smart gear rope, when I was doing crossfit it was kind of a standard item. I am thinking I have had it for 4-5 years now...rope just now needs to be replaced.

    Start with a heavier gauge rope to give "feedback"
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    If you really want to torture yourself at a slower more easily coordinated pace, look at weighted ropes. They are like thicker rubber material an you skip rope slower, and it is easier to not get tangled up, but will make your shoulders scream along with getting winded. We used to use them for wrestling and I HATED them lol. Jumping rope is no joke, I get winded quick when I bust out the jump rope. I have a few cheap "everlast" rubber ropes that work just fine for $5-7. Heavy bag is another great/fun garage type cardio option if you are moving around.
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    Walmart or Winners or alike all would carry quality speed rope in their sport’s section. It has to have “speed” in its name. The other thing you need is Time. Skipping is a very specific move, put in time and you will get better.
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