If you haven’t picked up a jump rope since elementary school, you’re seriously missing out. Jumping rope is a fun yet intense way to get your heart rate up and work every muscle. The best part is that all you need is your body and your rope. Whether you’re grabbing your rope for a quick session before work or packing it for an easy workout when you’re on vacation, you’ll always have a cardio tool on hand.
“From a conditioning standpoint, jumping rope probably ranks higher than running and rowing,” says Maillard Howell, owner of CrossFit Prospect Heights and founder of The Beta Way. “It’s good for speed, agility, conditioning, and endurance. It does it all.”
Don’t fret if jumprope isn’t your forte. To start, watch this step-by-step guide on how to use a jump rope with superstar trainer Amanda Kloots:
Feeling inspired? Shop our favorite jump ropes below.
The best jump ropes to buy for an intense workout
1. RPM SPEED ROPE 3.0, $55
Complete with an anti-friction system, this rope has a smooth spin, with an efficient power transfer from the handle to the cable making it more. It works for all levels and comes with a microfiber bag for easy storage and transport.
2. AK! JUMP ROPE, $40
Kloots designed her very own jump rope. The 9M long rope is adjustable, to work for any height, and is made with a non-coil rope. It also comes with the cutest canvas bad so you can bring it anywhere. It’s great for all levels.
This rope is for the more advanced jumpers. It’s a speed rope, with long, thin handles, making it perfect for mastering double-under jumps.
This all-levels friendly rope has ball-bearing mechanism inside the handles, which allows it to spin fast, and smooth.
This weighted rope made one Well+Good writer actually enjoy cardio. It’s easier to maintain a consistent rhythm with a heavier jump rope than a lighter one, and it helps you engage more muscles during your workout. This set comes with a 1/4 pound rope, and a 1/2 pound rope (the weight feels much heavier when you’re using them).
Ready to try it? Follow this’ 13-minute, full-body jump rope workout:
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