Speed jump ropes have evolved in an amazing way the past 10 years. Back in the early 2000’s, there were only a few options. But then CrossFit discovered the benefits of double unders and the need for varied speed ropes reached the ears of manufactures. Today you can find a huge assortment of speed ropes that are made to go faster and do double unders with greater efficiency.
Back in 1998, we invented the first jump rope with the cable coming out at a 90 degree. Soon after, I went to the local hardware store to put together our new design. $20 of parts later resulted in our first ball bearing speed rope with a 90 degree end angle. The newly built rope did not work very well, but good enough to allow me to see the design had great possibilities.
We began manufacturing within that year.
Today its much easier to make your own speed rope. You can pick the handle, cable and accessories of your choice to make the perfect Speed Rope for you. Let’s look at different athletic categories and see what sort of ropes you could put together for yourself.
Build Your Own Rope
First, I recommend you get familiar with the type of component options you have for building a jump rope. The first important consideration is what type of handle to use. This really depends on your skill level. See the matrix below for my recommendation on which types of handles work for your skill level. In general...
Simple Short Plastic Handles - Rope comes comes straight out the end.
Long Plastic Handles with Foam Grips - Rope comes straight out the end. Longer handle allows for more control.
More Advanced Handles
Ultra Light Plastic Handles - Cable comes out at 90 degree angle. Plastic composition makes the handle very light.
Aluminium Ball Bearing Handles - Cable comes out at 90 degree angle. Steel ball bearings make the rope spin incredibly fast.
You have lots of options when it comes to a jump rope cord. We recommend thicker more flexible ropes (like the 4mm PVC cord) for beginners because the added thickness provides more feedback and is more forgiving when you hit yourself! The thinner options like the bare cable are extremely fast but can be hard to get used to if you're just starting.
Use the following matrix to find the parts you need to build your own speed jump rope.
|Athletic Category||Handle Choices||Cable Choices||Attachment Components|
|Casual Athlete||Beaded Rope Handles
Ultra Light Handle
|Solid Core PVC (4mm or 5mm)|
|Mildly Serious Athlete||Beaded Rope Handles
Solid Core PVC(4mm or 5mm)
** These parts allow for Crossing moves**
The cool thing about all of our handles is that they all can hold a variety of different cables. This gives our customers the best choices and possibilities to make their speed rope customized to fit their personal style and goals. In fact, our new Bullet Handles can hold any size cable plus the 4mm Solid PVC Cord. It does this with out the need for any attachments. It is definitely our easiest to use and most versatile speed handle.
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.