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Proper Jump Rope Length: How Long Should Your Jump Rope be? And How to Size It!

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HOW TO PROPERLY SIZE YOUR JUMP ROPE – The right jump rope length

Did you just purchase a new rope and have no idea what the proper jump rope length is to maximize your skipping efforts? Or have you found yourself tripping over your rope WAAAYYY More than your supposed to be?

Chances are your rope is either too long or too short in comparison with your length.

So what should the correct length of your jump rope be?

In this blog post, we’re going to cover: The Perfect Jump Rope Length for beginners, intermediate AND Advanced jumpers.

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Today we’re going to cover the perfect rope length for your Jump ropes. I get this question a lot from the community of people wondering what kind of jump rope size to pick when ordering new ropes, or from people who’ve actually ordered a rope but have the feeling the rope length does not match their body height because the keep tripping over and over again.

Note that If you don’t have the right and proper jump rope length it will make the learning curve of jumping the rope a lot longer, or you’re going to learn it the wrong way, because your trying to make up for the lack or excess of length in your rope with poor technique.

So in this blog post we’re going go over sizing your rope, so you don’t have to worry about that ever again. However, if you aren’t so much of a reader, here’s the same content in video format:


Wrong length

Now chances are when you’ve just ordered a new rope, unwrapped it and and are ready to start using it, your rope will be too long.

When you try to rope that is too long the rope will be slowing down. This is because it’s crashing into the ground, rather than passing by fluently. This is also what causes you me to trip more often.

On the other hand, when your rope is too short, you’ll probably hit yourself to the back of your head as your rope doesn’t have enough space to travel around your body as a whole. Especially when you’re just starting out and your technique hasn’t evolved yet, jumping with a rope that’s too short can get you tripping more often than needed.

Proper Jump Rope Length

There are numerous factors that influence what will be the optimal length jump rope for you including your turning mechanics, where you hold your hands, you workout objective (e.g., speed, double unders, tricks), the length of your arms, and the length of your jump rope handles, to name a few.

But generally speaking, when you’re a beginner you want to put one foot in the middle of your rope and make the handles reach close to the shoulder. For more For experienced jumpers, the top of the handles should reach the armpit or below and you should be good.

Chances are, when you’re switching from shorter freestyle handles to longer freestyle handles you’ve probably masted the basic techniques of jumping rope and are looking to implement more advanced tricks like releases where your handle can hit the ground without breaking.

If that’s the case I suggest sizing your rope until the end of your handle reaches the nipples. Your rope will be shorter, making your releases go smoother and easier. Before doing this make sure your technique is clean, meaning your hands are close to your hips and you spin the rope around your body using your wrists. It will be hard at first, but it will be worth it in the end.

Jump rope sizing guide

Jump rope sizing guide - Jump rope length


Sizing your jump rope

Now there’s two ways to go about sizing your rope. At first I will show you how to size the rope using the actual mechanics inside the handle. When you pull down the handle you’ll see a small black little black thing which consists out of two parts. One being the teeth mechanic that bites into your rope and the other being the squeeze mechanic that squeezes the teeth into your rope to keep the teeth on it’s place.

When you slide the squeeze mechanic off the teeth mechanic, you’ll be able to adjust the place where your teeth mechanic bites into the rope and thus change the length of your rope accordingly, like in the video. It might sound a bit confusing at first, but it will all make sense when you see the mechanic in your handle.

Now when you did that, all there’s left to do is to cut the remaining piece of rope off the end. Make sure to measure your rope first by again, putting one feet inside the rope, see if it matches your preferred length and do some practice skips.  You don’t want to be cutting of your rope to short. Trust me, I’ve been there! 🙂

Now the second way which I personally prefer is to knot your ropes. I’m not sure why I prefer it but I’ve been doing that since the beginning. It’s easy, fast and heck. Why not 🙂

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