jump rope basics

Jump Rope BASICS – What every Beginner SHOULD Know Before Jumping Rope

Jump Rope Basics: Introduction

In today’s blog, we’re going to cover the jump rope basics for beginners!

An absolute MUST read if you’re just starting out jumping rope or if you’re an advanced jumper looking to make your skipping look more smooth and fluent.

This post is going to teach some of you guys who are new to blog a lot of fundamentals.

However, if you’re a more advanced skipper already, a lot of these basics are a good reference to make sure you are aligned properly and are performing your skips as you should be.

Key takeaway

In order to make the most out of your skipping sessions, using the right form is very important. Things to think about are:

  • Jumping only 2-4 Cm off the ground
  • Keeping your wrists just in front of your hipbone and rotate from there
  • Use the right rope length and type
  • Keep your posture straight

1. Correct rope length

First things first. Make sure to have the correct rope length before even trying to jump. Failing to do this will get you tripping over your rope continuously which is NOT a good motivation.

This is how you go about it:

  1. Stand on the middle of the rope with one foot
  2. Pull the handles straight up
  3. For beginners, the top of the handles should reach close to the shoulder.
  4. For experienced jumpers, the top of the handles should reach the armpit or below.
  5. If the handles extend beyond your shoulders, your rope needs to be shortened.
  6. You can temporarily shorten many ropes by tying a knot below the handles


2. Posture

Now that we’ve got the rope length down, we’re going to talk about posture. Your posture should be perfectly aligned from my head down to my toes, keeping your elbows tucked in. You don’t want to be leaning over or leaning backwards, you want to keep your body, nice and straight when jumping up and down.

Good posture

3. Wrist & Forearms

Next, we’re going to talk about the forearms and your wrists. Probably the most important body parts there are when jumping!

Actually more important than your feet. Most people focus too much on their feet, not knowing the most control comes from your wrist and your forearms.

Keep your elbows tucked in and swing the rope with your wrist and forearms rather than using your arms and shoulder to get the rope around your body.

4. Hand placement

Now we’ve got that control down, make sure to keep your hands at the level of your waist and keep them at exactly the same height.

You don’t want to have a misalignment when one hand is down at hip-level while the other one is up at your chest.

It will make your trip more frequently and it doesn’t look too good either. 

5. Balls of feet

When jumping you want to make sure you’re jumping on the balls of your feet.

When switching up your jump variations, jumping on the balls of your feet will make you most agile and able to adjust swiftly.

Also, failing to do this will cause injury, so make sure to always be jumping on your toes.

6. Count while jumping

While jumping try to implement counting to get the rhythm down.

When spinning the rope, you want it to match the speed of your body that’s jumping.

The best and easiest way to get that rhythm down is counting in your head like 1, 2, 3, 4 and 1, 2 , 3 ,4.

Those counts should all be even so your body is able to match the rhythm accordingly.

7. Jump Height

Last but not least, make sure you’re not jumping more than 2-4 cm off the ground.

This will put less constraint on your muscles and joints, with the goal to keep injuries away! 

It also looks better too. 

Jump Rope Basics: Don’t Do this!

Next to all the do’s above, I also have a few DON’T for you which I want to cover in this blog.

Swinging your arms

Now you don’t want to be swinging your arms in order to make the rope rotate. Rather than that, as we’ve discussed before you want to be using your forearms and wrists to be able to take full control of the rope.

Hold your rope too high

If you do this, you end up tripping over your rope more often than needed.

You’re making it harder for yourself to jump over the rope, as you’re kinda shortening the length of your rope by doing that.

It’s very common sense, but something people struggle with all the time, so make sure to keep your hands at waist height so this doesn’t happen to you.

Double Jump

For every rotation you make, you only want to make one jump.

That’s all guys, I hope this written piece helps you to smoothen out your jump sessions and master your Jump rope basics!

If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Also, I’m wondering which trick or variation you would want me to cover in one of my next tutorials, let me know in the comments below and I will see you, on the article!

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