7 Jump Rope Accessories to Level Up Your Home Workouts0 Comments
Home workouts have taken off this year with many people building home gyms to maintain their fitness routines as we soldier through one crazy year.
People are searching not only for efficiency but also for practicality, and jump rope training has proven to be a brilliant gym alternative for its versatility and portability.
At Crossrope, we want to make sure that jumpers of all fitness levels have the complete jump rope experience. So, we’ve put together a list of the top jump rope accessories to level up your home workouts.
Many of these accessories make great holiday gifts, but if you’re looking for more inspiration, you can check out our 2020 Fitness Gift Guide.
Let’s jump in!
1. Jump Rope Mat
The surface you jump on matters, and that kicks off our jump rope accessories list. The perfect jump rope setup isn’t complete without the right surface to jump on. If you do jump rope workouts often, it’s best to stick to softer surfaces and use a jump rope mat as often as you can. A jump rope mat will protect your ropes from wear and tear, but also prevent injuries like shin splints. Mats provide excellent cushioning and absorb the majority of impact upon landing.
If you’re building a home gym setup, and jumping rope is a part of your training mix, you’ll want to choose a mat that’s more substantial than a standard yoga mat. If you need one, check out our Crossrope LE Mat; it’s built with a custom tapered edge for stabilization and it’s heavier than most other mats making it more durable and less prone to slipping during your workouts. The Crossrope LE Mat is perfect for making any surface a jumping surface.
2. Good Shoes
We’ve written before about the importance of choosing the right shoes for jumping rope, but this brings us to the second item on our jump rope accessories list. Picking a good shoe is an important step in any training journey and the shoes you choose 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 also set you up for potential injuries.
When it comes to training and exercise, shoes should do a few things:
- Protect your feet from injury during exercise
- Act as good shock absorbers when your foot strikes the ground
- Keep your feet comfortable during exercise
- Make you look badass when you’re training
Similarly, shoes should NOT force you to change your biomechanics when exercising.
Overall, good shoes should enhance your jump rope training experience.
They should protect your feet during jumping (both from shock absorption and rope whipping) and they should be comfortable to jump in.
But here’s generally what we look for in a good jump rope shoe:
- Offers good stability
- Offers good ankle support
- Offers good arch support
- Has sufficient cushioning in the midsole
- Doesn’t have deep grooves, an elevated heel, or a platform
- Not ridiculously expensive
- Makes you look badass
For specific examples of great shoes for jumping rope, check out this guide.
3. Crossrope’s Jump Rope Training App
Crossrope’s Jump Rope Training App gives you access to the best jump rope workouts that fit even the busiest schedules. The app is designed to help people experience a fun way to get a full-body workout, anywhere.
The thousands of 5-star reviews speak volumes, but you should try it for yourself and get access to features like:
- Daily workouts for jump rope cardio, weight loss, and strength training
- A monthly jump rope challenge
- A custom workout timer that guides you through workouts with intuitive audio and visual cues
- Activity tracking that makes it easy to measure your progress, and total calories burned with options to sync with Apple Health and Google Fit
- Quick-start tutorials to get jumping quickly
4. Sweatproof Workout Gear
Nothing feels better than a good workout, but what are the best fitness clothes to wear to make sure you stay dry? Sweaty clothes are the last thing you want to think about while you’re going all-in on your workout, and if you’re anything like us, exercise is synonymous with sweat. That’s why you need the best workout clothes for heavy sweating — they’ll keep you drier, cooler, and much more comfortable.
The main qualities to look for when considering sweatproof workout clothes are pieces that are moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and odor-resistant. Your choice of material is one of your strongest weapons, and you’ll want to look for clothing options made with some or all of the following:
- Polyester: This is one of the best materials for heavy sweating because it's so good at wicking moisture. It also dries quickly and, in doing so, prevents bacteria from building up and causing odor.
- Nylon: Similarly to polyester, nylon is another great choice for sweat management. It helps lift perspiration from your skin and transports it to the outer fabric layer to dry quickly.
- Spandex: Although not specific to sweat-control, spandex (also called elastane or LYCRA) is an excellent option for exercise clothes because it's so stretchy. It allows maximum freedom of motion while you're moving your body.
Another thing to think about is whether or not the clothing masks sweat, or if every drop of perspiration will be visible. Color plays a big role here, and, while there's no shame in sweating, if you'd prefer it not to show, you should opt for darker shades.
Also, if you’re sweating a lot, another thing on your mind might be how to avoid smelly workout clothes!
Bonus Tip: It’s not your clothes, it’s your laundry process.
So, here’s a recipe for a laundry booster that’s the secret sauce for amazing smelling workout clothes:
- 1 box of Borax
- 1 box of Baking Soda Wash
- 1 box of Oxyclean
- Half a container of laundry crystals (Downy Unstobbables, for example)
- 2 boxes of baking soda
Pour all of the ingredients above into a large container and shake it up. When you go to wash your workout clothes, add half the amount of detergent to your washing machine and add one scoop of your laundry booster. Hang your clothes to dry and the next time you’re working up a sweat, you won’t be distracted by a locker room smell.
5. Heart Rate Monitor
Next on our jump rope accessories list, we have the heart rate monitor. These devices can help you accurately measure and reach your fitness goals.
Whether you’re just getting started with a jump rope routine, or are a committed fitness enthusiast, tracking your heart rate can be helpful. Heart rate monitors—which instantly tell you how fast your heart is beating—can help you exercise at the right intensity. This fitness tool is perfect for working out at home, especially if you’re not using exercise equipment with heart rate technology built into the machine (which are also sometimes unreliable).
With a basic understanding of heart rate “zones,” a heart rate monitor gives you an accurate way to gauge your effort during exercise. Paying attention to your heart rate can help ensure you’re working hard enough to reach your fitness goals, but not so hard that you’re overexerting yourself.
The American Heart Association explains that your target heart rate during moderate intensity activities is about 50-70% of maximum heart rate, while during vigorous physical activity it’s about 70-85% of maximum based on age. Below are average figures to use as a general guideline.
You may see cardio and weights as two distinct types of exercise, but when you put them together, you have a powerful combination for fat loss success. One of the age-old questions about exercise for weight loss is whether to concentrate on cardio exercises or strength training. For the best outcome, you should incorporate both into your training mix, which is why we’ve included weights in our jump rope accessories list.
If you’re building a home gym, it can be difficult (and expensive) to stock up on a bunch of dumbells, bars, and weighted plates, but adding a couple can definitely elevate the jump rope workouts you do at home.
Even adding weighted jump ropes to your routine makes a big difference. A weighted jump rope workout supports various fitness goals from weight loss, endurance, coordination, balance, and conditioning. With a weighted jump rope, you burn more calories and activate more muscle groups compared to light ropes or ropes with weighted handles.
If you’re using a light rope for your jump rope workouts right now, but you want to incorporate more strength training into the mix, we recommend trying our Get Fit jump rope set that includes a ¼ LB, ½, LB, 1 LB, and 2 LB rope. Now, it might not seem heavy as far as weights go, but wait until you're throwing that 2LB rope around your body—it's no joke.
Specifically, weighted jump ropes offer added resistance causing you to activate and engage more muscle groups with every rotation. You can work on core strength, upper body strength, grip strength, and more in a single workout with weighted jump ropes. After an intense 20-minute workout, you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a full-body training session.
7. A Killer Playlist
Listening to music while exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom — it can actually help improve the quality of your workout by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood.
In particular, music that is motivational or synchronized with your exercise is shown to have physical and psychological benefits. When a song has a strong, steady beat, for example, you can jump to the beat of that music, which tends to feel satisfying and may inspire you to exercise more. The lyrics or catchy rhythm of motivational music inspires you to exercise longer or work harder during your jump rope workout.
Need some playlist inspiration? We’ve put together a list of 65 songs for a better jump rope workout that included the BPM for each song, so you'll know what tempo you're jumping at!
Have Other Ideas?
What fitness training accessories do you use to get the most out of your jump rope workouts? We want to hear about how building your home gym is going. Don’t be shy, brag a little! Tell us all about it in the comment section below.