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Jumping rope is an excellent exercise for losing weight, improving your coordination and muscle strength. Then, after experiencing several basic levels, you’d like to enjoy higher speed in order to enhance the difficulty and to achieve a larger variety of drills. But then, you might find yourself stuck in a bottleneck and unable to increase your jump rope speed. So why is this happening? What are the contributing factors to the increase in speed? What can we do to accelerate? Here are several points you should bear in mind!
1. Type of ropes
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As there are many different kinds of ropes in the market, like the beaded rope, PVC rope, wire rope, nylon rope and so on, each is used for different purposes. For instance, beaded ropes produce sounds when hitting the floor, so they can actually help you to find the rhythm while jumping rope. As for speed rope, literally, they are designed for speed. Speed ropes allow you to do more advanced drills that require higher speed. However, they are usually used by professional athletes since they have better control of the rope. Hopefully, when you have reached the level and have good control of the rope, you can try to increase your speed with a speed rope! It will definitely be much easier when turning the rope as it’s usually lighter in weight.
2. Length of rope
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In Short, a shorter rope would be better for speed and easier for you to pick up the pace. That less effort is required to turn the rope. As suggested by The Athlete Program, you can measure the right length by standing on the rope with one foot and pull the handles up. The highest point of the handles shouldn’t go beyond your armpits. However, please also note that this is just general advice, you will have to adjust by taking into consideration your skill level. As for the longer the rope, more energy is required to turn the rope because of excess rope. Thus, if your legs are moving fast but your arm movements can’t catch up with it, it is very likely you will trip over it. Therefore making it harder for you to increase your speed.
3. Leg Position
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Film yourself when you are jumping rope, check if you have kicked your feet back. If so, remind yourself consciously each time when you jump rope! You may not have noticed this point when you are jumping rope with a normal length because the rope is long enough to pass through your feet. However, when we are using a shorter rope for higher speed, we may trip over the rope due to our kicked feet. Instead, bend your knees while jumping, your heels should not be touching the ground. And your toes should be pushing off the ground. This can effectively lower the chance of tripping over the rope when you are jumping at a higher speed!
4. Hand Position
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Hand position also matters when it comes to increasing speed in jump rope. In the meantime, consistency plays a crucial role here. As you are playing speed, if your hand position is inconsistent, you may easily get tripped over. So, keep your hands still in front of your hips. Besides, draw smaller circles while jumping because the smaller circle you draw, the quicker you can go.