With one of the most inexpensive pieces of exercise equipment — a jump rope — you can get a great cardio workout and build strength and balance all in one.
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Jumping rope also helps you increase body awareness and hand and foot coordination. It can even improve your cognitive function, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Because there needs to be communication between your wrists, brain and legs, your nervous system is getting a workout, too.
To keep a steady pace, get the most from your workout and avoid falling flat on your face, you need the correct jump rope length.
Measure Your Height
The correct length for an individual jump rope depends on your height.
Stand on the middle of the jump rope and pull both ends up. You want the handles of the rope to reach your chest, according to the ACE.
If the rope falls short of your chest, the rope will not hit the ground as it passes under your feet when you jump. If the rope comes up well past your chest, you may trip on the extra length and the rope may become tangled as you jump. You can adjust a rope's length to make it shorter, but it's even easier to buy one that's made especially for you.
Follow a Height Chart
While the way you jump can affect the rope length needed, in general, you can follow a basic chart to determine the correct jump rope length for your height.
The Best Jump Rope for Your Height
Jump Rope Length
Rope We Like
Shorter than 4'9"
Sportime ($27.94, Amazon)
4'9" to 5'3"
Franklin Sports ($9.99, Amazon)
5'4" to 5'8"
Gaiam ($9.88, Amazon)
5'9" to 6'6"
Noa Store ($6.99, Amazon)
Taller than 6'6"
Everlast ($21.99, Amazon)
Double Dutch Ropes
For group play with two rope turners, you need a long rope or two long ropes of equal length to jump Double Dutch. The standard long rope for one jumper is 12 feet. For up to two jumpers, use a 14-foot rope. For up to three jumpers, you need a 16-foot rope. A 20-foot rope fits up to four jumpers. For more than four jumpers, you need a rope that's at least 24 feet. Long ropes reach lengths of 36 feet.
Types of Ropes
In addition to the length, the kind of jump rope you use affects how well and how fast you will jump, according to the British Rope Skipping Association. Schools generally equip students with speed ropes and segmented ropes. As the name suggests, speed ropes give you the fastest jump.
Often used by boxers, leather ropes are the second-fastest ropes, but sting at high speeds. For the most versatile rope, use a segmented rope, also called a beaded rope, because it is light and it keeps its shape well. Weighted jump ropes help provide a more intense workout.
More Jump Ropes We Love
- ACE Fitness: "7 Benefits of Jumping Rope"
- CinchCoalition.org: "Jump Rope Sizing Guidelines and Information"
- BRSA International: "Skipping Rope as Sports Training Is Recognized by Everyone"
- ACE Fitness: "Jumping Rope: Not Just for Kids Anymore"
- African American Registry: "Double Dutch (Jumprope) a Story"