If you're having trouble getting the hang of jumping rope, or if you'd just like to improve you skills, start with an online training program or coach. The jump rope coaches listed below have spent thousands of hours practicing and teaching jump rope, and have developed programs and strategies for helping you quickly develop your skipping skill.
When I started coaching competitive jump rope teams almost 20 years ago there was no such thing as an "easy way" to learn jump rope. I would travel to jump rope competitions with a camcorder and video tape the best jumpers. I'd then come home and continuously replay each trick on my VHS (remember those?) until I understood the exact mechanics... how tedious!
Times have definitely changed.
At buyjumpropes.net we have worked with each of these coaches (listed in no particular order), and in our experience all are great teachers and very talented with a jump rope. They all offer either free or very affordable programs that can be done online ... without a VHS player.
Winter & Darin @ The Phoenix Movement
About: We love Winter and Darin's story. Unlike most jump rope pros they haven't trained since childhood on a jump rope team. Rather they approach jump rope from the fitness angle, having taught themselves as adults as a way to add something new to their workouts. Not only are Winter and Darin fantastically fit role models (they are CrossFit gymnastics coaches), they are also talented jumpers and educators.
The Program: Their full jump rope training program ($39.99) is by far the most in-depth online program we've ever tried, with 55 unique jump rope skills broken down into three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and 75 different follow-along jump rope workouts.
Why try it: They know what it's like to learn to jump rope as an adult, and they've built a training program progression with that "adult beginner" in mind. Their videos are also very easy to follow and well done.
Nick & Kaylee @ Learnin' the Ropes
About: Nick and Kaylee are two of the best jumpers in the world. A married couple from Tennessee, they come from the competitive jump rope world and have both won multiple world championships. He has competed as an American Ninja Warrior, and she is a performer with Cirque du Soleil. We've known Nick and Kaylee for years and you won't find two better ambassadors for the sport to learn from.
The Program: They offer a number of services including online video lessons for anyone who wants to learn new jump rope tricks. The also travel the country giving workshops, double under clinics, after school programs and performances.
Why try it: Check out Nick and Kaylee if you have the basics down but want to learn some new tricks or just freshen up your rope workouts. You send them a video of the trick you're trying to learn, and they will send you a video response showing you the progression for practicing and learning that trick. They are truly amazing jumpers ... just see the video below.
Myka Hoffman @ Skip Fit™
About: Myka is a former world-class jump roper who has represented Australia in the highest levels of the sport and international competition. She honed her skills as a jump rope coach in boxing gyms and fitness studios, recently leaving the corporate world to pursue her passion for teaching jump rope full time. We've known Myka for many years (since her days as a competitor), and she has a special talent as a motivator and encourager for anyone picking up a jump rope for the first time.
The Program: The Skip Fit™ program offers a low impact workout that challenges you to learn new skills while maximizing your calorie burn. Each 3 minute jump rope round was dedicated to learning how to master different skipping skills and increase the intensity of your jump rope workout.
Why try it: Skip Fit™ is for busy people who want a quick, efficient total body workout without having to run to the gym. We love it that Skip Fit workouts can be integrated into small breaks throughout the day, and that they offer a "mental challenge" component that keeps each workout interesting.
Drew Murphy @ School of Skipping
About: Drew Murphy is a personal trainer and gym owner in Tiffin, Iowa, who also happens to be one of the more knowledgeable jump rope coaches we work with. Drew is another self taught jumper who approaches jump rope as a "building block" component to improving strength and fitness capacity. We seek Drew's advice regularly when we're developing new products and new jump rope workouts.
His Program: A one stop spot to learn how to jump rope. Online classes and instructional videos to help true beginners learn the basics of jumping rope and progress to advanced skills such as side swings, crosses, and double unders.
Why try it: Drew is a long time personal trainer who has used jump rope to help his clients succeed in their fitness goals. He has lots of experiences working with beginners, and knows what it takes for someone to go from "just starting" to "pro."
I don't have experience working with the following jump rope coaches (or their programs), and as such can't recommend them directly. But if you didn't find what you're looking for with one of the coaches or programs above I'd give these a look:
About the Author
Matt Hopkins is a former competitive speed jumper and jump rope coach. Matt has won numerous national championships in speed jumping, and his athletes have won several national speed and freestyle titles and have broken world and national speed records. He also taught middle and elementary school PE in Leavenworth WA for 23 years.