Jumping rope is one of the necessities when you first start your boxing training and it can be a real struggle for any beginner. It definitely was for me! Having started by watching videos of Floyd Mayweather Jr doing it with ease, it really put me down.
I slowly discovered that was not the way to learn by watching the masters at this stage.
1. Start slow
One of the first mistakes I made was that I tried to rush what I was doing. You really need to take your time with this one before you get a consistent rhythm going. At first, just getting used to the rope going around you for a few jumps will really help as you start to do more and more. You also need to learn not to jump too high or you will be out of breath before you know it!
Make sure you are jumping on the balls of your feet and that your not flat-footed, this will be key when you first start jumping. It will also save you so much more energy jumping this way! You need to make sure you are also bending your elbows slightly while you swing the rope around, but make sure you are not over doing it and flapping them like a bird!
3. Just breathe
Once I started to get a better rhythm, I was only able to really last a couple of minutes. One technique, that I found really helped, was “breathing through your nose while you jump”. I found this technique by watching Expert Boxing (in the video shown below). You do not want to take big gasping breaths while you jump or you won’t be able to go that long.
4. Persistence is key!
Learning how to jump rope for boxing is one of the hardest things when you first start. It sucks because you get out breath and tired really quickly, you just want to be at the top-level straight away! However, my biggest recommendation is to simply just be persistent, it is the same with anything you want to be good at, you just need to keep trying.
Every time you go for your workout, just give yourself just 10 – 15 minutes at the end or start of the training session. It might take you few weeks, but after you crack the techniques, it’s like riding bike – you won’t forget.
Recommended Skipping Rope
This is not essential, but if you want to become great at jumping rope for boxing I’d also recommend you get a decent skipping rope itself before you get started. Don’t worry it’s not that expensive for a decent rope either. See my recommendation below:
FGHTR Training Rope
FGHTR training rope has a durable steel wire and wire protective sleeve with rope length adjustment and a hollow aluminum handle making it brilliant option to start jumping rope with. Learn more on FGHTR’s website or check out more of their awesome training tools here.
Beast Rope is a strong, lightweight, durable and flexible design that provides an unbeatable workout. It also has a flexible steel wire with protective coating that doesn’t bend or tangle which you find can happen with flimsy skipping rope. Learn more on Amazon here. (UK only)
WOD Nation Skipping Rope
WOD Nation have created a very decent skipping rope in their own right which is one of the most popular and best ropes on the market. Just like the above it is made from a steel wire with a protective coating. The rope length is also customizable and has decent swing when using. Learn more on Amazon (Ships to US and International)
To sum everything up from the above the most important thing I feel when learning to jump rope for boxing is the persistence. The more you do it, the quicker you will get the hang of it! Trust me! Try not to let yourself get too frustrated if it doesn’t come naturally – it takes time! Once you finally get your rhythm and technique right, there will be no looking back.
Let us know in comments below how you get on.
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(Updated December 2019)