Here’s the truth about jump rope size: most jumpers can effectively use multiple jump rope lengths. The following checklist will guide you through some technique pointers to confirm whether you need a different size of rope. Please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Have you tried jumping with your heaviest rope?
If you are able to jump more consistently with your heaviest rope and are having more difficulty with a lighter rope, this is normal. You will improve and adapt to your lighter rope(s) with practice. You should not exchange sizes.
If you are tripping equally with all ropes (or don’t have a heavy rope) go to step 2.
Step 2. Observe where the rope is contacting the ground.
If your jump rope is striking the ground more than 1.5 – 2 feet in front of your toes, it may be bouncing off the ground and hitting your feet causing trip ups. Try these tips:
- If you see your hands dropping below hip height, try raising and holding them higher (especially if the rope is barely passing over your head); or
- Your rope may be too long. Still try raising your hands higher, but if it’s not comfortable, skip to step 4 and request a smaller size.
Step 3: Review your grip, hand position, and rotating technique.
How and where you hold your handles impacts the effective length of your rope. Check for the following:
- If you are gripping your handle too far toward the bottom of the handle, you actually shorten the effective rope length and have less control over the rope arc. Make sure to grip the handles just below the metal cap for optimal rotation.
- Your hands should be positioned at the same height as the top of your hips and between 12”- 18” away from your body, always in line with the plane of your body. If your hands are extended wider, it shortens the effective length of the rope.
- The rope should be rotated primarily with your wrists. If you are using your elbows or shoulders and tripping up, the rope may be the correct size, but you are creating an inconsistent arc.
After following these three steps, determine which of the following three categories you fall under:
1) If you are using proper technique and the rope is striking your head or toes, your rope may be too short and you should proceed to step 4 and request a larger size.
2) If you are using proper technique and the rope is consistently hitting the ground in excess of 2 feet in front of your toes, or passing more than 3 feet above your head, your rope may be too long and you should proceed to step 4 and request a smaller size.
3) Otherwise, your rope is properly sized and it’s just a matter of tweaking your technique to ensure the rope is turning optimally around your body.
Step 4. If you still require an exchange
If you require an exchange, please fill out this exchange form and we'll have someone from our support team help you get the right size.
The Crossrope Team