Published on February 15, 2017
Need help convincing your friends to jump rope with you?
I do enjoy training on my own – you’ll often find me in a corner of the gym or in a random park going all out with my jump rope sessions and my tunes.
But there are times when it’s just more fun to jump with others.
In my experience, people are often hesitant to jump with me because of a few reasons.
They either think that jumping rope is too old school and not very challenging, or they think they’re not coordinated enough to do it, or they’re not sure if it’s worth the effort, or they just have no clue how to get started.
In this post, I’ll break through all of those thoughts and give you the ammunition you need to get your friends and family jumping rope with you.
1 - Have them do the Intensity Challenge
Does your friend think that jumping rope is just a game for little school kids?
The Intensity Challenge will fix that - in just 60 seconds.
You will need to let them borrow your 1 Lb (orange) intensity rope. Set your stopwatch to 60 seconds and have them perform as many repetitions/jumps as possible.
It’s going to be the toughest 60 seconds of his or her life.
Give him a minute to catch his breath - wait until he stops huffing and puffing – and then ask them if he's convinced.
Expect a smile.
Note – the Intensity Challenge was originally the Titan challenge, but it kept putting people out of commission because it was “too tough”.
2 - Invite her for a partner workout
Are they unsure of what workout she should try?
But if you really want to convince her, just do a workout with her.
Here’s a “Partner Jump Rope Tabata” workout you can try.
Recall how a Tabata workout works – you alternate between 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for 8 consecutive rounds (4 minutes).
With a partner Tabata workout, we have two exercises that you and your partner will switch between.
Exercise 1 – jump rope basic jumps with a 1 Lb Intensity rope
Exercise 2 – mountain climbers
Set your timer to Tabata mode and hit GO.
You start with the basic jumps while your partner does the mountain climbers. During the 10 second rest period, you switch. And you keep going back and forth until all eight rounds are done.
Complete a total of 3 Tabatas together, resting 90 seconds between each Tabata.
Trust me – they’ll be coming back for more after that one.
3 - Invite your friends to the Jump Rope Fitness Community
Do they need inspiration?
When you’re not inspired, it’s not easy to get out there and try new things.
If your friends are lacking inspiration, invite them to our Jump Rope Fitness Community. We’ve got so many amazing members with inspiring stories to share.
Here are just a few samples:
4 - Share the Success Stories
Are they skeptical that jumping rope will get them the results they want?
That’s an easy one. Just show them some of our amazing customer spotlights and they’ll see the possibilities for themselves.
For example, if weight loss is on their list of goals, send them Ricardo’s story – he lost over 100 lbs and has completely changed his life around. Or send them Tim’s story – he lost 51 lbs in 3 months after discovering Crossrope.
Or if they’re more interested in double unders, send them Brent’s story. He was struggling with double unders for years connected 21 straight on his first attempt with Crossrope. Now, he's well over 100 unbroken doubles.
That should get their motivation up a couple of notches.
5 - Just get them started!
Are they convinced about the benefits of jumping but unsure how to start?
No problem. We have some suggestions.
First, we have the complete beginner’s guide to jump rope training. This guide will walk your friends through everything they need to know to master the basics of jump rope training.
If they need a rope to get started with, you can send them to the Crossrope Starter Set – it’s the best set for anyone looking for an intro to heavy jump rope training.
The Crossrope Starter Set is the perfect introduction to weighted jump rope training.
And, again, send them to our community.
We always have fun challenges, bootcamps, and events happening that they'll enjoy. (with you, of course)
Bonus: Send them this article
Want to get your friends and family jumping rope with you?
Send them this article.
And let the rest take care of itself =)