Skipping to keep fit | Sanitas magazine

The skipping rope – workout wonder or children’s toy?


What should I look for when buying a skipping rope? What do I need to know about skipping? Duja Flückiger, skipping rope enthusiast and competition judge, tells us all we need to know about skipping.

Text: Clau Isenring


What are the major benefits of skipping?

It doesn’t take up a lot of room, can be done anywhere and skipping ropes are also really cheap and easy to use. Anyone can have a go and set their own tempo. It’s a whole-body workout which means you burn more calories than other workouts in the same amount of time. 


What’s the ideal length of a skipping rope?

If you stand on the middle of the rope and pull the handles straight up, making sure the rope is taut, they shouldn’t reach any higher than your armpits. Ideally, the handles should be somewhere between the pelvis and armpits. 


Which skipping ropes are suitable for whom?

Plastic ropes are cheap and suitable for all types of skipping. Steel ropes with ball bearings in the handles are extremely trendy at the moment. These are suitable for speed skipping or multiple rotations per jump. “Beaded ropes” made up of individual plastic beads help to maintain good momentum and are therefore ideal for children and beginners. They’re also good for anyone looking to practise tricks. Boxers and body builders tend to use heavy ropes made of leather or cable. 


What else do I need to bear in mind?

My advice would be to do your workout on a soft surface or invest in a yoga mat. Don’t wear cushioned shoes as you will lose the feel of the floor. 


What’s the difference between skipping and rope skipping?

Rope skipping is not merely an aerobic workout - it involves trying out different tricks and jumps.

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