I write this article on March 16, 2020 … the same day all gyms in the state of Washington (where I live) have been ordered to close to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
I’m keeping my gym membership open as a way to support a local business, but it looks like it will be a while until I’m back. The jump rope is the one workout tool I’ve brought home. I mix about 1,500 jumps a day into other HIT body weight workouts that incorporate push-ups, sit-ups, etc.
I’m no fitness model, but I stay relatively fit by using a jump rope every day. I jump rope primarily because it’s much easier on my knees than running, but I also like that it’s more of a full-body cardio exercise and a hyper efficient way to burn calories. I also find it much more mentally engaging than spinning my wheels on the treadmill.
If you find yourself in a similar situation where you can’t go to the gym, or you simply want your own jump rope for sanitary reasons, here are the three jump ropes I recommend keeping at home or in your gym bag. I’ve used just about every jump rope on the market (no kidding) over the last 5 years, and these are my three favorite everyday ropes.
Muay Thai 2.0
The Muay Thai 2.0 is my absolute favorite jump rope, and the one I use in almost every workout. It features ball bearing handles with a heavy 12mm PVC cord that I find is great for establishing a jumping rhythm. It’s also quite heavy, so you quickly start to feel it in your forearms and shoulders, which makes it ideal for integrating into station training or HIT workouts. The thick PVC also makes it a hyper durable outdoor rope … no worries of it wearing out on pavement.
The only downside is it’s not adjustable, so be sure to follow the sizing guide to get the size that fits you best. I’m 6’ tall and the 9ft red one is perfect for me.
Price: $17.90 / website
Elite Surge 3.0
The Surge 3.0 is the speed rope I use when I want to work on my double unders. I’m not great at double unders yet (I can do about 50 unbroken max), which is why I use the Surge 3.0. I’m still dialing in what cord thickness and length will be most comfortable for me to establish a rhythm. The head of the rope accepts cables of multiple thicknesses, allowing you to start training with thicker more beginner friendly cords. Tweaking the cord length or replacing the cords is very quick and easy using a tool included in the bottom of the handle. I’d recommend getting this rope as part of the CrossFit Training Kit, which includes multiple types of cables for learning and practicing.
Price: $29.99 / website
Heavy Beaded Fitness Rope
I started using this rope for home workouts based on the recommendation of jump rope fitness instructors Drew Murphy (see video below) and Myka Hoffman. Myka is a jump rope pro with an online jump rope fitness and training program, and this is the rope she uses and recommends for her classes. You can read her full recommendation here.
The bottom line: it’s great for improving your skill because it offers so much feedback when you’re turning the rope (every inch of the rope is threaded with a thick-walled 2 inch bead so you can literally see, hear, feel and know where every inch of your rope is during a single rotation.).
Personally, I only use this rope instead of the Muay Thai 2.0 when I want to do longer jump rope workouts. I can only jump for about 4 minutes straight with the Muay Thai 2.0 before my shoulders are burning and I need to take a break. With this heavy beaded rope I can go up to 10 minutes. I can also work in some tricks like crossing moves much more easily with this rope (I’m not great at tricks yet, but it keeps things fresh to try).
Price: $14.25 / website