How to Jump Rope


Jumping rope is a fun playground activity as well as a great way to get some exercise and impress your friends. Whether you just want to learn how to jump rope, pick up some new tricks, or want to double-dutch, you can follow these easy steps to achieve your goals.

Part 1
Jump by Yourself

Jump by Yourself on How to Jump Rope

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You should find a rope that reaches nearly up to your shoulders when it's folded in half. This will give you enough room to comfortably jump over it, but not so much that you trip over the rope. The rope should have handles that are easy to grip and shouldn't be too light or too heavy.

Jump by Yourself on How to Jump Rope

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Hold the rope's handles in each of your hands. Extend your hands and forearms at least a foot away from your body, at a 45 degree angle. This will create a larger arc for you to jump through.

Jump by Yourself on How to Jump Rope

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The rope should hang behind you, so that the middle of the rope hits the back of your feet.

Jump by Yourself on How to Jump Rope

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Don't move your arms -- try to keep the motion limited to your wrists.

Jump by Yourself on How to Jump Rope

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Stand on your tiptoes, and push off with the balls of your feet. Try to keep the motion in your ankles. Bending your knees to jump will make the exercise a lot harder.

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For beginners, it's best to move the rope slowly, so that you have enough time to take a small hop in between each jump over the rope. Maintain a straight back and keep your gaze set straight ahead as you fall into the correct rhythm. If you watch your feet as you jump, you'll be more likely to get off balance. As your skill increases, you can swing the rope more quickly and eliminate the middle hop. As you improve your skills, you can count how long you can go without messing up. A fun way to track your progress is to count how many skips you can do in one stretch, without fumbling.

Part 2
Do Tricks

Do Tricks on How to Jump Rope

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When you get better at jumping rope forwards, try going backwards. Start with the rope in front of your feet and throw it over your head to the back. Jump over it before it hits the back of your feet.

Do Tricks on How to Jump Rope

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To execute the "criss-cross" trick, all you have to do is cross your arms in front of you between each jump. It takes practice to get the timing right, but once you've fallen into a rhythm, you can work on alternating between crossing and not crossing the rope between each jump.

Do Tricks on How to Jump Rope

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" Fold the rope in half while still holding on to each of the handles. Then, move the rope by crossing your right hand over your left and moving it toward your left hip, and then cross the rope again, so the right hand returns to the right hip. The right hand will essentially be drawing a sideways "8" in the air. The shape made by the jump rope will create an "X" shape in the air, or a shape that looks a bit like a squashed bow tie. Sway your hips to get the momentum of the rope going. Once you finish making this shape, bring the right hand up and over to create a shape, or a "rainbow," to jump through. Jump through the shape, make the "X" shape again, and keep repeating the process.

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Once you've mastered a few of these tricks, you can combine them together. Try doing the "cross-cross," jumping, and then doing the "side swing," for example.

Part 3
Jump with Rope Turners

Jump with Rope Turners on How to Jump Rope

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This rope should be long enough to easily go over the head of the jumper or jumpers while the turners stand a comfortable distance apart.

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Face one of them and place the rope to the right or left of your feet. Have them throw the rope over your head, and jump when it reaches your other side. Get the rhythm of this jumping pattern before moving on.

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It takes some timing, but it can be done. Once you're comfortable running into the rope, you can practice jumping while looking between the turners instead of at them. One or two other jumpers can join you as you run into the rope, but you should approach the rope one by one. Once one person finds a rhythm, the next person should jump in.

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For double dutch jumping, the two turners have a rope in each hand. The turners should turn one rope, and then turn the other in the opposite direction when the first rope is halfway through its arc. Once the ropes start moving, you should jump over each rope while still facing the turners. Remember that you'll have to jump twice as fast as you would with one rope, because you'll have to jump over two ropes in each jump cycle. Double dutch is more challenging and more fun if there is more than one jumper. You can even sing songs to count how many times the jumpers have jumped. One popular song begins, "Bubble gum, bubble gum, in a dish, how many pieces do you wish?" After those words, you can start counting, "one, two, three..." to mark how many times the person or people jumping have successfully jumped.