INSTRUCTIONS AND CARE
Here you will find useful information about basic jump rope form, setting up your jump rope and relevant assembly information for each jump rope brand. This page is split out as follows:
Section 1 - General tips on basic jump rope form, conditioning, rope care and storage
Section 2 - RX Smart Gear instructions
Section 3 - Elite SRS instructions
Section 4 - Dope Ropes instructions
Section 1 - Jump Rope Form
With your jump rope purchased you’re now ready to start jumping! The real key to progress is practice, practice, and more practice! However, adopting proper form from the onset will make your jump rope journey more enjoyable and you’ll progress much faster. We recommend focusing on 2 core fundamentals…
The first thing to remember is to jump lightly on the balls of both your feet simultaneously. Jump only a couple of inches off the ground, just enough to let the rope pass under you.
The second fundamental is proper arm form. You should set your elbows slightly back, have your hands close to your torso, and grip the handles so they are parallel to the floor. Then, with this arm and hand positioning rotate the rope around you by moving the cables in a small circular motion. You should not have to engage your entire arms and shoulders, everything should stay quite tight and strong.
Check out the video below where we demonstrate these 2 fundamentals!
More advanced footwork and tricks like the “boxer skip”, “running in place”, and “crossovers” will come with practice. We recommend that you master basic jumping in place before moving onto to tricks, you should be able to jump this way for at least 3-5 mins before progressing to more advanced tricks.
CONDITIONING & FOOTWEAR
Jumping rope is super fun, and it's very easy to do too much too early and hurt your progress. I (Kaz) learnt the hard way. When I started jumping rope I was doing 20-30 minute sessions right from the start and wore minimalist running shoes with very little sole cushioning. The result, I had quite severe pain in my feet and ankles, and couldn’t jump for about 2 weeks until I recovered!
It’s important to listen to your body and make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to recover. Start out by jumping for just 5-10 minutes in your first sessions, and see how your muscles respond. Be sure to let yourself recover before jumping again. As the weeks go by and you practice more, your body will become more conditioned for jumping and you will need less time to recover between sessions.
Another thing to remember is to wear appropriate footwear. I’ve tried various different footwear for jumping rope. Many people will have different opinions on this topic….but this advice is just from my personal experiences. You may well find some footwear works great for you, everyone is a unique individual and is different in their own way, so figuring out what is right for you is really the key. For me I have found that I can perform much better and recover far quicker when I wear athletic footwear with ankle support and a well cushioned sole. I am not endorsed by any company but have found the Nike Lunar series and also Basketball shoes to be great for jumping rope. Basketball shoes provide a nice thick sole as well as some good ankle support, making them great for jumping rope.
GENERAL ROPE CARE & STORAGE TIPS
(note - these are general tips, we have more specific tips (where applicable) for each jump rope brand from Section 2 onwards. Especially useful is section 2 on RX Smart Gear which has some more specific tips)
To help any jump rope last longer, we recommend the following:
- drape your rope over hooks (such as coat hooks, etc) - This is a great way to help your rope keep shape and helps a bit to remove or reduce kinks that may develop in the cable. This is also a good option if you don't have cable ties/jump rope bag. Note, it is preferable to hang by the handles if you are an RX user.
- If the above isn't an option, then make sure you wrap your rope neatly, for example in a 6-8 inch diameter circle and where necessary hold in place with cable ties or a jump rope bag. See video below which shows an example of this with the Original RX jump rope which is a particularly good option for storing this jump rope.
- Avoid just throwing the rope in your bag without neatly placing it in there as this can cause more kinks in the cable.
- Avoid using on harsh surfaces like concrete, tarmac, dirt, and gravel. Refer to our jump rope product guide as this indicates which ropes have a bit more durability on harsher surfaces. Wire based speed ropes are more harshly affected on surfaces like this.
- Ideal surfaces to jump rope on are gym floors, rubber coated or matted floors, and PVC matting.
- DO NOT bend or tie your rope in a knot. Doing this will radically decrease its efficiency and life span.
- If a kink develops then remove it by bending the cable in the opposite direction to work the kink out. This is more achievable with wire based rope. Refer to the video in Section 2 - RX Smart Gear on rope care for an illustration of this.
For coated wire based cables, inspect your cable rope for tears in the covering before each use. If any tears are noticed and the wire cable is exposed/split, cease use immediately and replace the cable with a new one.
(this care info can be applied to any jump rope!)
Also see our blog post on rope care for more info and hacks!
Section 2 - RX SmartGear
Upon receipt of your Original RX Jump Rope you will need to assemble the rope by attaching each end of the cable to the handles. This step will also be required once your cable needs replacing. The video below shows 3 different ways to replace the cable on your Original RX Jump Rope.
CARING FOR YOUR ROPE
We want your rope to last as long as possible. Properly caring for your rope will extend its life, refer to the care points above but also see the below video from RX Smart Gear:
Section 3 - Elite SRS
See below videos and info on our Elite SRS series of jump ropes!
Just screw and unscrew with you hands to adjust and tighten. Cut excess cable with a wire cutter. See video below.
The Surge 3.0 uses a screw mechanism to hold the cable in place and to adjust. You don't need your own screwdriver as there is one hidden in the bottom of the handle. See video below!
PVC ropes - Including Cardio 2.0, Boxer Training Rope and Pro Freestlye
Snap/lock system makes adjusting length incredibly easy. Simply slide the adjustable end to the desired length and trim off the excess cord with some scissors.
Section 4 - Dope Ropes
The Dope Rope 2.0
Please refer to video above on PVC ropes
The Dope Rope - Original Cardio Fitness Jump Rope
See video and text below on how to adjust the Dope Rope:
- Snap/lock system makes adjusting length incredibly easy.
- Pull out the plastic ring attachment as shown above. I usually do this by holding the PVC cable in one hand and pulling down the plastic ring with the other. This can be very stiff at first but it should pop loose. It needs to be tough so that it doesn't come loose during jumping.
- If you are having trouble loosening the mechanism, put your nail or a blunt edge in the groove of the mechanism to loosen it up a bit. You can also try the other end of the cable as you only need to adjust one side and not both.
- Once the mechanism is free, you can then pull it down to your desired length and then push the plastic ring back in.
- Finally, cut off the excess cable using scissors!
- Here's another video showing the adjusting with some close ups:
- Keep your rope draped over a hook indoors to make sure kinks are less likely and to help iron out any kinks.
- Do not leave outside in the cold, this will increase the chances of snapping
- Use a mat where possible or softer surfaces.
- Make sure the cable isn't too long. Your rope should be brushing the surface you are jumping on and not heavily impacting it which can happen with long cables and excess rope.
Dope Ropes Signature Beaded Rope
Here is a great video from our suppliers Buyjumpropes.net on how to adjust a beaded rope:
Dope Ropes DU Speed Rope
Our very first jump rope! Adjusting and set up is simple. Use the Allen key (included with the product) to tighten and loosen screw. The screw socket can be found in the versatile ball at the head of the jump rope where the cable is weaved through. Once happy with the length, cut the excess cable with wire cutters. Make sure the cable is tightened very tight before using to make sure this doesn't loosen and fly off during rotations.