We see three main types of straight-line cardio in CrossFit training:
Sprinting – no equipment needed
Rowing – costly equipment needed
Jump rope – low cost equipment needed
Now, while jumping rope, specifically the coveted double under, is a highly used mode of cardio, and while the ropes are generally low cost, Rebels is a high quality box and we tend to frown upon broken, leaking, ripped and poorly maintained equipment. There’s a lot of maintenance that goes into the gym upkeep, and jump ropes are a part of that.
We’re sure you’re rolling your eyes about now, but if you’re going to be a part of this community, you’re going to care as much as the next person about this box.
So here goes on JUMP ROPE ETIQUETTE:
- Don’t tie knots in jump ropes! These aren’t “jump-n-rope” ropes which can be tied in knots in to shorten them. When you knot our jump ropes you basically ruin them. Please, don’t do it. And if you see someone doing it, please stop them! If you need to adjust the length, check out the end of the rope under the handle. If it has a metal end with a screw in it, ask a coach for the screwdriver. If it has a plastic end cap and you don’t know how to adjust it, ask a coach. That’s what we’re here for!
- Don’t use the ropes on the concrete or asphalt. Their coating or even the bare steel ropes are easily damaged by the rough surface.
- Put ropes back when you’re through with them (and that goes for all of the equipment!). Please don’t leave jump ropes on the floor or outside. Hang them over the bar with the rest of the ropes.
MY FIRST…MY VERY OWN JUMP ROPE!
Are you getting tired of hitting a WOD you know you’ll crush, but you hit every stop light, Snow Bird out for a cruise and one lane road under construction on the way to the box…so you come in a bit late and all the “good ropes” are gone? Consider buying your own rope! If you’re truly hooked on CrossFit, it’s worth it to invest in your own jump rope.
Here are a few buying tips:
There are several types of ropes out there and CrossFitters, being known for their focus on quality and performance, tend to corral around a few. CrossFitters also tend to migrate toward quality providers, so Rogue is first on our list. American made tends to make us happy!
Again Faster is another supplier of quality CrossFit equipment, jump ropes as well.
You’ll see a lot of CrossFitters repping the RX Rope. It’s a different handle style and not the ball bearing/bushing design you see in a lot of CrossFit ropes, but many of the elite Games competitors use this rope.
NOW FOR SOME FUN, FROM OUTSIDE THE CROSSFIT COMMUNITY AND FROM WITHIN….
JUMP’N ROPE – These guys come to our box once a year to do seminars. They’re awesome!