BEGINNER FOUNDATION course
PRELUDE: HOW TO SET YOURSELF UP WITH THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
There are very few requirements for this course.
You don’t need access to a gym or any fancy equipment. All you need is the following:
Of course, you’re going to need a jump rope.
If you already have a Crossrope set, then you’ve got this part covered.
If you’re digging into this course and you don’t have a Crossrope set, no problem. You can use any jump rope you have to complete this course.
But just be aware that it will be more difficult to get started with a lighter rope.
We are big believers in the power of using a variety of weights – particularly heavier ropes weights – to speed up the learning curve.
Heavier ropes offer more feedback during jumping which makes it ideal for beginners who often struggle with timing and coordination.
One thing to confirm is your rope size.
To avoid trip-ups and frustration throughout this course, you want to make sure that your rope is sized properly for your body.
If you’re getting a Crossrope set, you can use our short sizing guide:
If you need help with sizing your own rope, we’ve put together some sizing guidelines to help you do that.
FLOORING: THE BEST SURFACE FOR JUMPING ROPE
The surface you jump on is important.
You want a soft surface to minimize the impact on your joints. This will help alleviate issues with shin splints and foot aches as you get started.
Soft, smooth surfaces will also prolong the lifespan of your rope.
If you’re just getting started, we recommend staying away from hard and abrasive surfaces like concrete or asphalt. These will cause you to fatigue faster and the impact on your legs will be greater.
Your rope will also get warn down faster.
The best surface to jump on is a rubber floor. A lot of jumpers have their own jump rope mats these days that they use to put over hard surfaces.
You can check out our jump rope mat here:
You can also find simple rubber flooring from any fitness or department store.
JUMPING COMFORTABLY: THE BEST JUMP ROPE SHOES FOR YOU
The shoes you choose to jump rope in can have a tremendous impact on your jump rope experience. The wrong shoes can not only make it difficult to maintain a good jumping rhythm, but it can set you up for potential injuries like shin splints.
When it comes to training and exercise, shoes should do a few things:
Similarly, shoes should NOT force you to change your biomechanics when exercising. They should keep you comfortable and enhance your jump rope training experience.
There is no perfect shoe for jumping rope. But there is a best jump rope shoe for YOU.
You have to find the shoe that works best for you and your foot. Here’s generally what we look for in a good jump rope shoe:
Those are the criteria we look for. Most shoes are not going to meet ALL of the criteria, but it’s important to try to hit on as many of them as possible.
If you’re looking for recommendations, you can see what shoes we jump in here.
And that’s all you need to get started: a jump rope, good shoes, and a decent floor to jump on. Once you have those three things, you’re ready to roll.
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