How to choose the perfect jump rope length

3 Ways To Choose The Perfect Jump Rope Length

Buying a new jump rope and need to choose a size?
It doesn't have to be hard, even if you're buying online. Here are a few ways to find the correct jump rope length.

These methods work if you're buying a new rope online or choosing the right rope to use in the gym.

Quick links to each section:

Buying online and need a height chart to choose your size.

Buying online and have a rope you can measure

Choosing a rope to use in a gym, or buying in-store

Choose based on your height

Using our jump rope size chart is the best option for beginners who don't already use a jump rope. You only need to know your height.

Crossrope Jump Ropes come in 4 different lengths, but you can use this chart for most ropes online.

For over a decade, Crossrope has refined their sizes to meet the demands of customers all over the world. This chart comes from A LOT of research.

To use the chart, first find your height range. Each height range matches to the ideal jump rope length and Crossrope size. It's that easy to choose your Crossrope size, based on your height.

Jump Rope size chart to compare with your height

Two important notes before we move on:

  • If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size. Smaller ropes are more challenging, but will force you to use good technique. You'll get more bang-for-your-buck.

  • Crossrope Jump Ropes come with a free size-exchange service. If you feel the size isn't right once you've tried it, we'll swap it for another size at no extra cost.

Choose based on your existing jump rope

Already have a rope you use and want to upgrade? Great. Measure your rope, between the handles.

Now take that number and match it to this next chart. You want to find the number on the chart that's closest to the length of your rope. Eg. if your rope measures 2.63m, the closest number on the chart is 2.59m. You'd suit a Medium size Crossrope.

If the length of your rope lands right in the middle of these lengths, choose the smaller size.

Jump Rope Size Chart to compare with the length of your existing rope

In the gym, or in-store

There are 2 reasons to use this section:

  1. You want to start jumping with ropes in your gym, but you're not sure which size to use.

  2. You're buying a rope in a shop and can test the sizes against your body.

The most important thing about choosing a jump rope this way, is knowing your technique.

First time jumpers will usually have their arms away from their body, making a wider ark with the rope. In this case, you need the rope to be longer. Focus on improving your technique over time. The goals should be to move down in size to a shorter rope. When you're ready.

More experienced jumpers, will have their arms closer to their body. Watch anyone who can manage consistent double-unders. Notice where their arms are. When your arms are in close, you don't need as much slack on the rope. You'll use smaller jumps and less effort per jump. Your workouts will become more efficient.

Ok. Here's how to choose:

  1. Hold the rope, as you would if you are about to jump. But - hold the rope below the handles. We don't want the handles involved.

  2. Using one foot, stand on the centre of the rope, so it won't move.

  3. Bring both hands together, in front of your body. They should meet at the same level.

  4. If your hands meet somewhere between your arm-pit and lower chest, that length should work for you.

If your hands are lower than this, try again with a longer rope. If your hands are higher, go shorter.

But back to the point on technique...

If you're a beginner - At step 4 above, you want your hands to meet closer to your arm-pit, so the rope is longer. Even a bit higher if this is the first time you've exercised in a while. Remember though, your aim, over time, should be to shorten the rope as your technique improves.

If you're experienced - If you can can jump with your arms by your side (eg. 50+ double unders), choosing a rope where your hands meet closer to the bottom of your chest should be ideal.

If you're still scratching your head, here's a great video. It shows you how to size your rope, along with some good tips on technique.


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