How to Size Your Jump Rope
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How to Size Your Jump Rope

The jump rope is a powerful workout tool. It builds cardio fitness, balance, agility and bone strength. It's also one of the best go-anywhere fitness accessories, fitting easily into even a crammed carry-on.

It requires a lot of coordination and is a great cardio workout. Try training with double unders, a common CrossFit move that requires you to jump explosively and spin the rope faster to pass it beneath your feet twice. This works your muscles harder and pushes your cardiovascular system towards its upper limit.

To maximize your workout, size does matter so make sure it is sized correctly. 

How to size your jump rope:
1. Stand on the middle of the rope with one foot
2. Pull the handles straight up making sure the rope is taut.
3. For beginners, the top of the handles should reach close to the shoulder.
4. For experienced jumpers, the top of the handles should reach the armpit or below.
5. For double unders, the top of the handles should reach the nipple line.
6. If the handles extend beyond your shoulders, your rope needs to be shortened.
7. You can temporarily shorten many ropes by tying a knot below the handles.
8. If in doubt, it’s better to get a rope that’s too long rather than too short.

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