“ Manufacturer: Argos / Sports Type: Fitness - Skipping Rope „
If you want a more fun cardio exericse this product is for you.
I bought this from argos for £3 with the idea that if it broke soon then it was no big loss.
After just a few seconds of use it took me back to being in the playground as a child.
You are getting an effective work out without realising you are.
The rope is 270cm in length so you will need a lot of space, ideally in the summer you can do this exercise outside.
The padded handles bars ensure comfort and they have a non slip grip. More importantly, it is very lightweight so it doesn't place any strain on your wrists.
The cord is very firm so this will be a long lasting product.
It is very basic, simple and fun to use and well worth the price. There is no need to pay more money for a skipping rope, this does the trick.
It is perfect for any age, height or fitness level.
At the start of this year I came to the conclusion that I would never lose as much weight as I wanted with just dieting and needed to do some more exercise. I have always gone swimming and have recently started gentle jogging but I wasn't doing any cardio work so my friend suggested we buy some skipping ropes. I did laugh at first as the last time I used a skipping rope was over forty years ago but when I saw this in Argos for £2.98 thought it would be worth a try and it wasn't too expensive if I didn't use it much.
It is a simple and basic design and has plastic handles which are covered with a soft foam which are comfortable to hold. It is 270cm long which is actually a bit too long for me but I will either open my arms up more when I am skipping so I am also working my arms at the same time or I sometimes wind the rope around my hands but this can sometimes rub a bit if you let the rope tighten. I find that my hands do get a bit sweaty when I am skipping so the foam seems to soak it up, however I would think that they may become a bit pongy after a time! The rope is a dark grey colour and is not too thick but it does feel strong and I have tripped myself up with it a few times and it has shown no signs of breaking.
I will sometimes skip with my friend (that sounds like we're about eight years old) in one of our back gardens but I will more often do it on my own as it is something which you can just pick up and use and you don't have to go anywhere special or wear particular clothing. The first time me and my friend did it together we spent most of the time laughing but soon stopped when we realised how much breath and effort you need to skip! At first I could only skip for a few minutes before I need a break but can now do it for about five minutes without stopping and then take a short break for about thirty seconds then I am ready to go again. I have noticed a difference in my fitness levels since I have been using the rope and my recovery rate is much quicker now which I am very pleased about.
At £2.99 this is a cheap way to get fit and it really is suitable for anyone. You can do it almost anywhere where you have enough height to swing the rope and you don't have to set anything up or buy anything else to go with it. You can use it for a minute or an hour all depending on your fitness level or what you want to achieve. My aim is to lose weight and also tone up and I think that this rope is helping me with this. I haven't weighed myself for a few weeks but I can tell that my clothes are a bit looser and I just feel better in myself from doing some strenuous exercise. This rope is highly recommended by me and I will give it five stars as even though it is a bit long for me, it is well made and in my opinion a bargain and a cheap way to get or keep fit.
I recently purchased a "named" skipping rope off the internet. It cost me in the region of £20. To my surprise it broke (handles fell off) after two weeks of use.
I skip quite regularly. I usually do 1000 a day after my morning run. It's not just the fitness aspect about it. I do it because I find it kind of addictive and refreshing. In my opinion, it's one of the best exercises out there to tone legs.
I looked around for a replacement, on the internet and in my local shopping centre. But no luck. All seemed quite expensive. That was until I came across this on the Argos website. I was planning to purchase something else online, So I decided to reserve and collect in store.
When I arrived at my local Argos store, I was quite surprised to see that it was priced at £2.99. I thought it was going to be a bit more expensive than that! Anyway, I didn't had to wait long, I received it under five minutes of stepping into the store. Great service!
I tried it out as soon as I got home, I was pleased and also surprised how good it felt. It seemed very strong for the price and the handles were a rubber type of material. The rope itself was slightly shorter than my previous £20 one, but comparing the two. There's minimal difference.
It's been about a month now since I purchased the rope. But it still feels the same as it does the first day I purchased it.
So before you go ahead and buy an expensive named skipping rope. Give this a try first. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Excellent rope for anyone wanting to start skipping. If you do start skipping, keep at it. It can be very demanding keeping up the rhythm, but after you've finished your workout, you'll feel great!
I am usually pretty good when it comes to my fitness routine. I practise Yoga regularly which keeps me supple and toned and I do a variety of cardio a few times a week to keep me fit and stop me putting on weight as I do like my food and without the exercise I put on weight so quickly.
Occasionally however I can be lax with the diet and exercise and put on a few lbs that needs shifting fast. Going back to my regular fitness regime and cutting back a little on the food will help me get rid of the excess weight but I hate being more than a couple of lbs over my usual weight and I like to drop it quickly which means that I need to spend a few days giving myself an intensive workout.
The main thing that I use when trying to drop excess weight quickly is my skipping rope. I hate using it because it is just hard work but I have found it is the one exercise which is guaranteed to get me in shape in the quickest amount of time.
I got my skipping rope from Argos because it was cheap at only £2.99 and as I only use it occasionally I didn't want to spend a lot of money buying a fancy one especially as in effect they all do the same thing.
The rope is more functional looking than pretty but that doesn't bother me as I am only using it in the garage where no one can see me anyway. It has foam handles for comfort and these are actually not too bad to hold onto even when my palms get all sweaty. The rope itself is quite thin looking but it is very strong feeling and it won't snap easily and has enough weight that it is easy to skip with.
When I was a girl skipping was fun but I clearly had more energy back then because now it absolutely kills after only a couple of minutes. To be effective I skip three times a day for as long as possible and the results are excellent and I can lose weight and tone up in no time at all. I only use it when I feel like it is needed however because I just really do not enjoy it at all.
The length of the skipping rope is 270cm which translates to it being a really good length to use as it is long enough to go round easily without it hitting me on the back of the head but it isn't too long that it drags on the ground and trips me up on its way round either.
I really cannot fault this skipping rope at all as it is such a tiny price for something that is so effective and sturdy. I have had it for years and it is still going strong with no signs of fraying and I would really recommend it to anyone serious about losing weight and toning up just don't expect to enjoy it.
== Price ==
I try to exercise as much as possible to try keep fit and also I find it actually makes me feel better and healthier. Apart from using my stationary exercise bike, I also wanted to add some other forms of exercise without having to spend too much money, therefore when I was looking through the Argos catalogue I was very happy to find an Argos skipping rope for sale at only £1.99. That is a great bargain in my opinion, not only will it help me keep within my goal of increasing my fitness but also means I do not have to spend too much money either.
== My Experience ==
The rope is coloured in a dark grey colour and looks nice and not cheap looking. The rope thickness is not too thick, but instead has a good diameter size making it easier to use and rotate. The rope itself is quite long, being around 250m in length; which is a perfect length for me.
The ropes have nice plastic padded handles which provide a good comfortable grip while using, although the handles are slightly cheap looking they still do their job and provide the extra security while exercising, as the last thing you need is to lose your grip or find the handles too uncomfortable. The handles are also very light weight, which I find makes the rope a lot more easier to use and prevents my hands from cramping up.
I personally find this Argos skipping rope to be a great exercising tool, as it really does make you work all your body muscles and burn off those calories. I also find that it is quite a lot of fun once your body starts getting use to it, as it reminds me when I was younger and how I use to be able to do all sorts of jumping tricks with my skipping rope. It is hard to find a form of exercise that both works and a lot of fun, and this is able to tick both the boxes and instead of dreading another day of exercise at the gym or running I can actually be a little bit more motivated and excited about doing some skipping (sounds sad I know!).
I honestly can't see what an expensive exercising rope can do that this can't, it works all my muscles and gets my heart pumping and at only £1.99, while I have seen other skipping ropes priced at a shocking £15!
This is a great skipping rope that is really easy to swing, however like most exercises it will feel a little harder to go for longer periods until your body gets used to it. But that is the rewarding part, seeing yourself going for longer lengths of time each time you use it; it is very satisfying.
== Conclusion ==
Overall a great bargain, it has helped me lose a lot of weight and has even made my legs and thighs look more toned than before. It is fun and very easy to use, and what's even better that you can use it basically anywhere you want!
I bought a nintendo wii a few years ago, not really to sit and play games on but more as a way to get fit.
I bought 3-4 exercise games with it and the wii fit. One of the exercises using the game was to skip on the spot for a certain number of minutes as there was a countdown going on the screen, and then it moved to different exercises... I found it quite hard to imagine a skipping rope and mostly skipped this activitiy as it felt weird to skip without an actual rope in my hands.
While purchasing something else in Argos I came across this skipping rope for £1.99, I thought i'd purchase it as it would allow me to do all the exercises on the wii without 'skipping' the skipping one lol :P
Now as I bought this 2 years ago I can't remember how it came packaged etc.
But the rope itself worked fine for me.. for a quick, cheap buy I wasn't expecting much in terms of the product but the quality seems fine to me, the rope doesn't seem like it would fall apart or fray.
It is quite strong... the handles are made from soft foam which allows an easy grip on it and I could skip using the rope with my hands being comfortable on the handles with no problems.
I noticed the more expensive skipping ropes looked like they had better handles and grips as they had grooves on the handles, but the plain soft foam didn't cause me any problems in terms of grip and comfort.
Now I can't say I used the skipping rope for too long.. I used it daily for around a month or two and then on odd occasions... after some time I stopped really using the rope, not because there was anything wrong with it but more because I stopped exercising as much! lol
I would think the rope is long-lasting and would last a while before it needing to be replaced... for such a cheap buy I can't say there's anything wrong with it. I only used it indoors but it would be able to be used both indoors and outdoors with no problems. (If you are planning to skip indoors I would just make sure there isn't a light directly above you that you can hit the rope on lol)
A quick look on the Argos website tells me the price has increased in the last 2 years and it is now £2.99, which is still a decent price.
The website states it to be: "an ideal way to add an extra dimension to your fitness session. Great for giving you a cardiovascular workout as well as toning up muscle groups all over" - it also states it is a 270cm long skipping rope.
Thanks for reading :)
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As a general New Years resolution I always decide I'm going to "keep fit" and since recently booking a lovely summer holiday to Barbados this august it seemed fitting I put my ambition into practice. I saw this skipping rope when browsing through the Argos catalogue, and it was pretty cheap so I decided to give it a go.
The rope is made from a thick woven material, typical of a rope and it looks durable and quite strong, with an unlikely possibility of it fraying so the quality is pretty high. The handles of the skipping rope are made of a soft foam which is comfortable to hold and is easy to grip even after my palms are moist and sweaty! The rope is actually 270cm long, which is quite long but I combat this by wrapping an extra bit of length of the rope around my wrist and this makes it much easier to use and for me to start skipping!
So far I have been really active and using the skipping rope daily for around 15 minutes a time for the past week or so. With the recent drop in climate I have been exercising with it inside but I was previously using it on the balcony of our flat. In both occasions the rope has held up well and for such a low price I did expect it to fray or look a bit worn but it's still in excellent condition.
I only paid £2.99 for rope which I think is excellent value both as an exercise tool and for generally being a fun incentive to burn some calories and do some good cardio-vascular activity. I'm not sure how long I will keep it up fpr (hopefully past January!) but I would definitely recommend it for anyome wanting a xheap and cheerful exercise tool!
My grandad was a boxer in the navy and I always remember his skipping rope used to hang in his garage, right up until he was a fairly old man. He swore by skipping as a means to keep fit and interestingly it seems to have had a bit of a resurrgence in popularity in recent years. Two of the fitness dvds have skipping involved in the standard routines and one of them actually encourages you to just 'pretend you have a rope' claiming it gives the same results.
Hmm, I notice that skipping tires me out pretty quick and yet it is such a simple and effect form of cardio. With this in mind I decided to get a cheap rope and try to encorporate a couple of stints of skipping a week into my normal regime.
I actually physically spotted this rope in my local Argos on a display of fitness equipment when I went in to pick up something else. Priced at £2.99 it seemed like a pretty good buy and therefore I grabbed one and paid for it at the same time as I was paying for the other item I had ordered.
This rope is actually a twined nylon cord which swings very nicely and has a good weight to it, I find it very easy to skip with and use it for as long as I possibly can a few times a week, I can already feel that my stamina with this exercise is improving and I can skip for longer bursts before I need to stop.
The length of this rope is 270cm which is plenty long enough for me at 5'3" without being too long. The handles are a very basic foam covered long thin shape and they are comfortable to grip. The rope swings around from these handles very well and use is pretty straightforward!
A good basic rope for adding a bit of a spring to your standard workout.
Ever since having my daughter, I've struggled with trying to get to a nice size. Pretty much every other month I say to myself 'let's start all over again'. I diet and make myself do a lot more exercise but still I'm not at the size I'd like to be. I've purchased all sorts of fitness equipment from an exercise bike, to ankle weights. One fitness item I own is this skipping rope from Argos.
The skipping rope is 270cm long, this was far too long for me being only 5ft tall. The length can be adjusted by unscrewing the handles and pulling the rope through. When I got to a suitable length for me I put a knot in the end and simply cut off the remainder of the rope. The length of the skipping rope was, then, perfect. The rope is made from a woven material and is quite strong, so of course, look out for any valuables that might be in the area you are about to skip in!
The handles are made of a soft foam material, this foam isn't very thick but it still provides comfort when holding these in your hands. The handles are quite lightweight so easy to keep hold of when skipping.
I haven't experienced any problems when using this skipping rope. It was easy to get the length to an appropriate size on the first use. 270cm was far too long for me, but being able to adjust it, didn't make it a problem. The handles, although quite thin, are comfortable to use. I use the skipping rope for no more than 10 minutes at a time (though it's usually only a few minutes!) and don't experience any discomfort.
I mainly use this skipping rope indoors but it has been used outside on the odd occasion. With using it outside, I thought that it might ruin the rope, but after using it a few times it still isn't showing any signs of fraying or look like it might break any time soon. Of course, if I was using this all the time outside I would expect some signs of wear.
I probably use this rope on average of about once a week and I think the skipping rope works well for this light use. If, however, someone was planning to use this more frequently and more vigorously than I do, I wouldn't expect it to last very long.
I paid £1.99 for this last year, a good price to pay for a skipping rope that is still in great condition and works well. I wouldn't recommend it as a skipping rope to be used a lot, but for my usage it's perfect.
This is a good example of a cheap skipping rope that offers all the features and benefits of skipping but without the cost of purchasing a professional rope.
I have been skipping for a number of years and find this roap quite easy to use the equipment is hardwearing but after a period of time i have found the handles to become quite hot and sweaty which causes an issue with the grib
I use this rope most days for 12 minutes and i find that its about enough time to get a good sweat but also its about enough time for the rope to began to feel uncomfortable in my hands.
The rope is designed well although cheap its possible to get a good circle motion with your hands also allowing some tricks to be preformed.
The rope is a good size I/m 6ft 1 inches and i have plenty of hight room available to me. My wife is 5ft 4inches and she also finds the rope appropriate to use.
I would recommend this rope to anyone as a good starter skipping rope. It lacks comfort but is priced well.
This product allows very effective exercise in a short time and is also easy to store after use.
After about a year of service i have noticed the rope itself has slight damage but if you can skip mainly on grass or soft services this will prevent any damage and extend the life of the rope. This product brings me a good workout but also my children have a lot of enjoyment although children's ropes are available and more appropriate to use.
To start off, I'd just like to give a general review of skipping ropes. I think that they are one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise, and something I use frequently to get into shape, and was what I used very successfully to get in shape in the first place. You do not have to use a skipping rope for long to get a good fat burning workout from it!
Anyway, onto the product itself. I have owned other skipping ropes before, some costing in excess of £25! I bought them because I though more money spent=higher quality. I was wrong. Whilst this Argos skipping rope is not my best as I have a very good speed rope, this is the best rope I have for its price range. The rope material is very similar to that of my higher quality rope (although most ropes are like this) and so it is very good. It is not too heavy, nor too light. However, I am not sure whether or not they come in different sizes, but this was the perfect length for me (6ft) but I don't think that will be too much of an issue.
The handles are also very good quality. They have a very soft foam padding on the outside to make it comfortable on the hands, but the plastic part is very cheap. this doesn't make much of a difference in the skipping at all though, and the rope still works very well. The rope spins inside the plastic very easily, so the skipping is not affected.
I don't think there is much more to say about this skipping rope. It is very good quality, especially for the low price, and there is not much 9if anything at all) that lets it down! All in all, I would certainly recommend the product for everybody! It is one of the easiest ways to get fit and stay fit! However, it is very frustrating when first learning to skip, but when you get past that phase you should be fine! Also, if you don't believe me about just how great skipping ropes are, check out some of the world's best boxers training, what they all have in common is SKIPPING!
I really enjoy fitness but usually go to the gym. However, I like to have a few wee bits and bobs lying around at home that I can use if I have a spontaneous burst of energy or if I don't have time to head out to the gym. Skipping ropes are a great stand by as they really do work your cardio system and get you sweating.
So I headed off to Argos to invest in a pair of ropes. These ropes currently retail for £2.99 which I would say is about average for a pair of bog standard skipping ropes. They are Argos value range so there isn't anything particularly special or exciting about them.
I did like, however, that the rope bit was actually made of rope as lots of skipping ropes these days seem to be made of plastic which I don't think works as well. Plastic tends to get kinks in it that don't really come back out and it really hurts if you get slapped at the back of the leg with the plastic ones so I prefer the more traditional rope ones.
These also have a nice soft foam handle (again, this seems to be common with most modern skipping ropes) which is comfortable to hold but I imagine could begin to absorb sweat and get a bit stinky after a while.
They are 270cm in length so should be long enough for anyone who wants to use them! I'm only around 5 foot so that was plenty of length for me but my boyfriend at 6 foot 5 was able to use them, too, so I think these really would be suitable for anyone.
They have lasted me for the length of time I've had them although I don't use them often and haven't had them any more than 6 months but they seem sturdy enough and at the price, you wouldn't mind if they only lasted a year or so.
~ Argos Value Skipping Rope ~
Do you ever get that fat feeling where you immediatly know you want to do something about the way you feel??
Well I am having one of them days/weeks! Not helped I must add by having this awful gallstone pain :( It's been on and off all week, and I am guessing it's not been helped by not really sticking to my low fat diet since coming back off hols a few weeks ago.
So along with getting back on the Wii Fit board I have been digging out all my exercise stuff from under the stairs, where I have come across my skipping rope.
I always feel so child like when I have my skipping rope and it is so much fun!
I have owned this skipping rope for about 3 years now and it hasn't had much use until I moved into here, my garden before was very open and if I went out there skipping, the neighbours would have had a good old gawp so now my garden is nice and enclosed I have used it a few times since I had my little boy back in August last year.
I like skipping as I find it easy and fun, it also gets my heart racing and I actually feel like I am getting a really good work out.
The rope itself has a long rope and soft foam covered handles, it is pretty long (or I am pretty short) so I do find that I have to wrap the rope around my hands a few times but I don't find this a problem at all. It's held out really well for a £2.99 skipping rope and I am sure I will get a whole lot more use out of it yet.
I love skipping ropes when I was little; back then, it was more for fun than being healthy though. When I was in town last november, it was very cold and I was freezing to my bones. I went to Argos to browse whilst waiting for the bus, which was late as usual, as the bus-stop is right in front of a big Argos store in town. I saw this value skipping rope and thought that this might keep me warm through winter, so I went and bought this product for £2.99.
One thing I love about this product is that it's very cheap. I've had my fair share of experience with value products and most of them are good for temporary use. So I wasn't hoping much from this product but it has proven me wrong fortunately. The design of the rope is very good for what it's worth. The rope is made with good, sturdy material and it is 270 cm long.
The handles are made of soft foam for non-slip purposes, which is another thing I like about this product. I don't sweat much even when I'm working out, but when I'm skipping ropes, my palms tend to get clammy and the foamy material of handles let me keep a good grip of the skipping rope. Since I bought this rope for my personal use, I don't really have a problem with these foam handles. However, I do try and wipe my sweat off the handle, which is not easy as it's made of soft foam, for good hygiene and wash my hands or have a shower as soon as I'm done exercising.
I'm quite short for an average tweenager, standing at 5 foot 3 and half inches tall; so I had to adjust the length of the rope as 270 cm as a bit long for me. The base of the handles is screwed but it can adjusted. Since I have very little muscle mass, it not the easiest task for me to adjust the length that quickly but it is doable speaking from my experience.
My usual skipping ground is in the back courtyard when it's sunny. Skipping ropes is a good cardiovascular workout and it is very easy to break a sweat and keep me warm on cold winter evenings. I really do enjoy skipping ropes, I started off doing 10 minutes at max before running out of breath; but after five months of relatively frequent workouts, I'm managing 20-25 minutes without feeling like I've just run a marathon.
Overall, I'm really happy with this product and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a way to keep fit and have fun at the same time. It's like a cheaper version of Wii fit, but personally I think it's more enjoyable and I get fresher air outside. My only regret is that I only managed to discover this product after my one and only one-year gym membership that costs me £400, and I only went to that gym no more than 30 times in a year. Don't make the same mistake as I did. When you find yourself thinking about joining a gym, just start off by buying this £2.99 'valuable' skipping rope. Mine is still in good working order but I will buy it again once this breaks.
Thank you for reading. :) x
As you may have seen if you have read any of my previous reviews that I do go to the gym on a regular basis and once you do that a gym membership isn't the wast of money most people declare it to be. But it isn't necessary to go to the gym your own home and harden can be the perfect setting for getting fit. For me unfamiliar surrounding with someone pushing me to keep going is the best situation because motivation is what I'm lacking and having some drill sergeant screaming at you doesn't give you the option to stop. I have a ridiculously large amounts of home gym equipment under my bed, in wardrobes, drawers and especially in my attic. There are very few that have avoided the same fate as the others. This skipping rope from the Argos value range is still out and about mainly because my little niece plays with it. I have used it, quite a bit in fact and that's mainly due to the fact that skipping not only works, but it is fun to do. You will be surprised how quickly skipping can get your heart rate going. This fast, almost instant cardio workout means skipping is one of the best forms of heart healthy exercises out there. Every gym will have skipping ropes and every sports shop will have a bamboozling selection to choose from and a lot of the time it is a case of "you get what you pay for."
But isn't a skipping rope just a skipping rope?
Well yes, but the quality of the materials used can make a huge difference in the longevity of the product. There are also weighted skipping ropes that require more strength from the user to ensure the fluid movement that we are all familiar with. Skipping doesn't only work out your lower body through the step / hop like movement but it also works out your upper body, mainly your arms and shoulders but as always there are simple techniques you can implement to ensure your body gets a better, harder workout. Simply aiming your chest every so slightly to the right or left with target your abs, tensing and realising these muscles as you do will also help target the area. This next instruction is become a running theme in my recent reviews but it works, tensing (pulling in) the Glutes (Gluteus Maximus muscles your bottom cheeks) and realising will help lift and tone these most commonly viewed and highly appreciated mussels.
When it comes to the quality of materials used this isn't a high end product but it's not sold as one, it is part of their value range after all. But when it comes to value for money this is a good product. It cost me only £2.99 from Argos of course, that's amazing value when you think how much good you can do with it. Another thing worth adding is that I have used this both inside and outside (my back yard, don't worry I'm not skipping down the middle of the road with cars beeping behind me) and this rope has stood the test of time.
One thing I like about it, is that it has soft, grey, foam covered handles instead of the hard plastic or wooden handles that can come on more expensive models. When someone is really working out they will of course begin to sweat (as disgusting as that sounds it's all part of the process) and if the handles are made of a non porous shiny material, keeping grip of the rope can become awkward. There are of course gloves available, but what's the point of buying a skipping rope for £2.99 only to have to take out a second mortgage to buy these over priced exercise gloves. That's why I was pleased to see these foam covered handles. They are super soft and have a nice bounce to them meaning they mould (somewhat) to the contours of your hand. I thought the foam would be the first thing to go on this rope but so far they are in good nick. I have this almost two years and it's still going strong and throw in the fact that this is getting man handled by my niece on a weekly basis really says something.
For under £3 (only just) this is a great piece of kit to have lying around the house for those moments when you get a burst of energy or if you want to take it slow, you can. In turn you will increase your energy levels by boosting your immune system simply by partaking in gentle exercise. Or like me you can use it once in a blue moon and the rest of the time some child with far more energy can play with it.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.