Best Skipping Ropes

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

A review of the five great ropes

numerous different skipping ropes

First, a bit about the benefits

Skipping, or ‘jumping rope’, is a staple of the boxer’s daily training diet. Primarily used as a warm-up and cool-down exercise, skipping confers many physical benefits. Bruce Lee purportedly said that ‘10 minutes of skipping rope is like 30 minutes of jogging.’ Though I’ve yet to encounter any research that supports his statement, anyone who’s vigorously skipped for ten minutes will probably agree with him. So why is such a seemingly simple and, excuse the term, old fashioned exercise so stimulating?

This probably has something to do with the way skipping works the body. When performing this exercise multiple major muscle groups are simultaneously recruited; such as the quadriceps, back and shoulders and of course the heart and lungs (diaphragm). In addition, a plethora of ‘synergist’, or stabilising, muscles are engaged to, well, stabilise the body during the movement. I suppose, in short, I could have just said that skipping in some way activates every muscle in your body. It’s no wonder then that ten minutes of jumping rope gets the blood pumping and the sweat pouring.

But of the benefits conferred by skipping the buck doesn’t stop at augmented physicality.

Skipping helps to sharpen the boxer’s coordination and agility. Both extremely important attributes of the pugilist. Furthermore, unlike an exercise such as running, as good as it is, you can’t ‘switch-off’ when skipping. The moment your mind wanders you’ll miss-time a jump and consequently find yourself untangling the rope – which is highly irritating – or whipping you’re arse – which is painful. Thus this is one of the few exercises that gives your mind a workout as well as your body.

Bruce Lee skipping on a balcony

Some other positives attributed to skipping

As exercise equipment goes, skipping, relative to the many benefits reaped, has to be one of the single most inexpensive available. For less than the price of a cinema ticket and small popcorn you could be the proud owner of a skipping rope – and a good one will last years. Moreover, not only are they dirt cheap but they are eminently portable (something that can’t be said of my Concept 2 rowing machine) and require little space

to use (see caption image of Bruce Lee skipping on his balcony).

Benefits of regular skipping

  • Improved cardiovascular and respiratory performance

  • Enhanced muscular endurance across a range of muscle groups

  • Sharpened coordination and agility

  • Mental stimulation

So now that we have an idea of why we should start skipping (if you don’t already), which rope should we use? To help you decide I’ve listed the 5 best skipping ropes. Have a read, buy a rope, and get jumping!

Five top ropes

1) The TechRise rope is excellent for beginners. Because it is made from lightweight materials it is not as physically taxing as heavier ropes thus enabling the beginner to focus more on technique as opposed to fighting fatigue. Also, a finer rope is more forgiving when you miss-time a jump and whip the side of your leg.

Product Particulars

  • Anti-Slip soft skin-friendly handle

  • Ergonomically shaped handles coated with custom memory foam

  • Premium ball bearing: ensuring a smooth and effortless spin

  • Lightweight & Portable


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2) The Bestwon is an extremely well rated rope and for good reason. As far as skipping ropes go this is probably one of the best built products on the market. A praise-worthy feature of the Bestwon is the function that enables you to adjust the rope length. In the olden days we had to settle with tying knots in the rope. Of course it's best to avoid doing this as it can upset the balance of the rope by placing more weight on one side and it hastens wear and tear.

Product Particulars

  • Adjustable rope length

  • High quality bearings to facilitate smooth rope rotation

  • Non-slip texture design ensures firm grip and prevents slip

  • Weighted bars to enhance skipping intensity


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3) If customer ratings are anything to go by this rope is better than sliced bread. I know, hard to believe. But it's received nearly 2,500 five stars! Why? Besides the fact that it looks pretty cool the Bemax skipping rope is of superior design and build quality. And, like the Bestwon, the rope length is adjustable.

Product Particulars

  • Premium quality ball bearings

  • Adjustable rope length

  • Non-kinking wire

  • Anti-slip handles

  • Option to buy extra weights to increase intensity


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4) The Valour Strike Leather skipping rope will not only aid you in your quest for augmented physicality but will make you feel like Sugar Ray Robinson in the process. Just look at it, the thing's a veritable work of art! Other pluses include not only that free Allen Key so subtly advertised in the image but also adjustable rope length technology and - yes and! - removable weights. Furthermore, because the rope is made from high-grade leather this product will last for years.

Product Particulars

  • Looks awesome

  • Premium quality materials

  • Leather rope

  • Weighted handles

  • Adjustable rope length

  • Free Allen Key!


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5) The BeastGear skipping rope has got to be one of the best rated ropes on Amazon. With over 7,000 reviews and still retaining five stars this is one popular piece of exercise equipment that's made a lot of people very happy. Its popularity probably has something to do with its durability and ergonomic design. The premium quality ball bearings improve the spin rate which makes for smooth skipping experience. Furthermore, the rope can be adjusted to accommodate all heights.

Product Particulars

  • Superb customer feedback

  • Premium quality materials

  • Adjustable rope length

  • You get a little bag to put the rope in


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Final Thoughts

Hopefully throughout this blog I've convinced you of the benefits of skipping and why, whilst on our long pilgrimage to physical perfection, we would be wise to include it into our exercise repertoire.

Yes, the fact cannot be escaped, skipping is one of the few exercise that requires significant skill-based development. Unlike learning, say, a resistance movement (biceps curl), or body weight exercise (press-ups), which can both be mastered in a minute or two, skipping can take weeks, even months of diligent practice before you'll develop the confidence to dare jump rope in public.

This is one of the primary turn-offs for many people. However, the invested effort will more than pay off when you start to reap those many benefits outlined in the introduction. So, what you waiting for?

(As we are very interested in user feedback at Hungry4Fitness, I would be very grateful if you could take a few seconds out of your day to leave a comment. Thanks in advance!)

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Adam Priest is a former Royal Marines Commando, professional personal trainer, lecturer, boxing and Thai boxing enthusiast

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