|Skipping rope isn't child's play anymore.|
Here are few things about jump ropes if you are thinking about starting. First, you will need to decide on what kind of jump rope you want.
1. Beaded Jump Rope (aka Rhythm Jump Rope) - This is the jump rope most commonly seen for kids, double-dutch (a longer version usually), etc. It is great and perfect for those who jump rope outside or are just starting off. They are a bit heavier and so it makes it easier for the user to get used to the timing.
2. Leather/Cloth Ropes - Usually with a larger handle for comfort and a light weight rope allows for good rhythm and speed. This is good for the recreational skipper and for general cardio. You can start to do more advanced moves with it.
3. Speed Rope - This is the rope of choice for boxers and serious rope skippers. Usually with a nylon rope and thinner handles, these ropes are QUICK. My personal favorite and what I use. There are many different styles, from basic handle and rope to handles with high speed ball bearings and light weight speed ropes. As you get more experienced you will begin to find your likings. Be warned, this rope stings the worst.
Take a look at the infamous Buddy Lee (Prepare to be AMAZED!):
Go out and get a jump rope and give it a try. It might take a little bit of practice, but in the journey to becoming fit, it's about hard work and dedication. Keep at it and don't give up. Besides, if you get anything close to what Buddy Lee can do, you'll be one upping all your friends!