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Jump Rope Etiquette

Welcome to our Jump Rope Etiquette page!

Yes, it’s necessary…

Those of you new to the box probably don’t even care – “‘etiquette?’ I don’t even know what to do with the jump rope yet, and there’s ‘etiquette'”? Well, yes…sorry, but there is!

Brief review of why we use jump ropes:

We see four main types of straight-line cardio in CrossFit training.  Jumping rope, running, rowing, and biking. With jump rope, specifically double unders, we can get your heart rates up relatively quickly. It requires a great deal of core body control, explosiveness and coordination…all the things we love in CrossFit! Asking you to do double unders and then another explosive skill like cleans or snatches, or box jumps…such a fun combination!

Having the ability to jump rope with good technique and skill, and in high volumes of revolutions is an ability every CrossFitter desires.

JUMP ROPE – INEXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDED

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RUNNING – NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED (WELL, SHOES!)7dc0b23f5ce634fd6fd529a62caab489

 

ROWING – EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDED

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CYCLING – EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDED

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SKI ERG & TRU FORM RUNNERS. LET’S JUST DON’T GO THERE YET!

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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…

BOX RULE FOR ROPES

We do have a “stock” of ropes for you to use.  There are a few different types of ropes we provide. Old, and new.  The old cable ropes, PVC (white) ropes and the new Jump N Ropes (heavy and light).

  • Don’t tie knots in MOST OF THE  jump ropes!  Most of our “community ropes”  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!
    • JUMP’N’ROPES.  The new Jump N Ropes, the GREEN/BLUE ropes are for athletes 5’8″ or taller. The RED/PINK ropes are for athletes 5’7″ or shorter. You can tie knots in these ropes to shorten them,  but untie them when you are through. These are the ONLY ropes you may do that with! All of the others shall remain un-knotted. 
  • CABLE AND WIRE ROPES absolutely cannot be knotted (see left). Your ruin the ropes when you do this).Screen Shot 2013-07-13 at 11.19.12 AM

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  • 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.
  • Clean them off. If you coat them with chalk, clean the handle so the next athlete doesn’t have to deal with your DNA.
  • Report broken ropes to a coach. We have a “Jump Rope Repair Kit”.  We’ll put it in the “to be fixed” bucket!
  • Let us help you. If you have a new rope or need to make an adjustment, please ask. We’re good at this!

 

MY FIRST…MY VERY OWN JUMP ROPE!

We couldn’t have said this better ourselves, so we’ll let you hear it from the source. Very nice brief read on Why You Should Have Your 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. Not sure which one? Ask your coaches. Many of us have several different ropes and we’ll be happy to share our preferences with you.

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!

ROGUE ROPES

AGAIN FASTER ROPES

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JUMPNROPES

BUY JUMP ROPES.COM: ELITE SERIES

 

NOW FOR SOME FUN, FROM OUTSIDE THE CROSSFIT COMMUNITY AND FROM WITHIN….

 

 

JUMPNROPE – These guys come to our box once a year to do seminars. They’re awesome!

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