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Skipping is probably one of the most fun exercises you can do. It definitely takes me back to being a kid again but it is also an incredibly worthwhile workout too. There was quite a buzz about it a few years ago when it became the in vogue exercise of the day and so, not being a member of a gym I am always on the lookout for workouts you can do at home and this one suited me down to the ground.
Skipping is said to improve your muscle toning, co-ordination and stamina and I find it a really good all over work out and like I've said above, fun too. I purchased this skipping top from Amazon in the £10 region which I think is a really good price for a well made, good quality piece of work out equipment.
The skipping rope is 259cm long so it is long enough to obviously go over my head and under my feet and has enough length that it does not get caught up but is not too long that it is hard to control. The actual "rope" itself is made out of leather which I like because you get a really nice swing with it and it is meant to give a faster rope spin which I think it probably does. You can increase the speed and intensity once you get into the swing of skipping and I like that I can create a really fast swing. The leather sort of whistles through the air when it is going and hits the ground and I really like the sound for some reason, it makes me think I am working my body well. The leather rope makes it a lot lighter than a rope one too which is good too.
The handles on this skipping rope are great. I remember my old one I had as a child that had these horrible uncomfortable wooden ones that always gave me blisters after I had used it for a while. This skipping rope however has really nice soft foam cushioned handles which allow you to get a really nice soft grip whilst still being able to hold the rope tight so it does not slip out of your hands at an important moment. I never get blisters with these handles and they allow you to turn the rope really well and get quite a good speed going too.
All in all, a great fun workout tool!
Having moved house about 18 months ago, it has taken me a long while to finally getting round to sorting out the garage at my new house! Over the last 2 months I have ploughed my way through all the boxes that I put into the garage when I first moved in, and have finally got everything in order. When I bought the house I planned to use the garage as a gym, as the driveway was perfectly fine for the car to be parked on.
Whilst digging my way through the boxes of stuff, and setting up and re-building my gym equipment from my previous house's garage, I came across my skipping rope that I had completely forgotten about, so I thought I would review it.
My skipping rope is about 2 years old now, and was purchased from Sports Direct for around £5 from memory. The rope / cable is quite fine and light, and is protected inside a PVC coating to help preserve it. It measures approximately 250 cm in length, and is a light grey colour.
At each end of the cable there is a nice soft cushioned handle grip. These handles are made from plastic and then covered in a nice soft grey foam, which gives a nice grip in the hand, but also stops the hands from becoming blistered after long periods of usage.
I find the skipping rope to be very comfortable to use, and the rope is a good length for my height (5"7 ish) as it is not too short that it won't go around the bottom of my feet, but it is also not too long and so doesn't get all tangled up after bouncing around loosely on the floor. The grips are really soft and comfortable, and stop the hands from sweating too much.
As I mentioned above my skipping rope is about 2 years old, although it has probably only had about 5-6 months worth of use, and so it does still look in very good condition with no obvious signs of wear to the cable or hand grips.
Having picked up a skipping rope for the first time in a long while I found I was a bit rusty at first, but the technique and rhythm soon comes flooding back, as it is a simple procedure.
For around £5 this skipping rope offers a cheap and easy way to work out in and around the house (but watch out for the ceiling lights!). The rope rotates nice and easily, and is a great weight and length which works well to keep the ideal shape when circling around the body.
It is surprising how much a short session of skipping gets the heart racing, and I can always feel it working a range of muscle in my body including my forearms, abdominals, shoulders, thighs and calves. Obviously a skipping rope can be stored away in a very small area such as a kitchen drawer, and so it is a very simple and effective form of exercise for almost anyone to own.
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You'll never be short of options when it comes to buying a skipping rope, and the prices and quality will vary more than you would initially think. Quite often, it's the handles that make or break the rope, if you'll pardon the pun, as the rope itself can often fray after excessive use. However, this relatively cheap skipping rope is one of the better affordable options out there.
Skipping ropes can range from the dirt cheap couple of pounds to over £10, but really what you're after is something that you can use as often as you want without if deteriorating in the quality during the time you skip for. I find that time is of the essence, and I don't really have much opportunity to skip at home. The floorboards shake in most of the convenient places, and it makes a bit of a racket, so skipping when the boys are in bed asleep is not an option; so it has to be early morning, and I want to be able to skip for a good number of minutes without it being a hassle.
This rope is easy to pick up, use and put down, but then aren't they all? Well, a few are awkward to use to start with, the grips needing to warm up slightly before they're comfortable. The rope can be somewhat stiff if it's not been used often. This rope though is good to go all the time. The grip is soft and comfortable, the ridged element of it meaning it can mould to your hand very easily. But the best thing about the grip is that after around 15 mins or so of skipping, it's still comfy. I do sweat quite early on if I'm doing exercise, and skipping is no exception. The grip seems to absorb this quite well, and becomes slightly heavier, but it's not an issue even though it's noticeable. The grip maintains its flexibility and even though I feel I should need to adjust my grip, the fact that I don't actually need to makes this somewhat different to other skipping rope handles.
The rope itself is tightly wound and flexible from the start. I've gotten this wet before, and left it in the sun, and not used it for weeks, and it still maintains its state. Nor does it change state the more you use it. I find that the rope itself actually moves at the same level from the moment you pick it up to the moment you put it down, and that the weight is balanced just about right for me to achieve a steady pace of skip.
There are a couple of issues I have with it though, and both are sort of related. The first is to do with the rope length. If anything, I could do with a bit more slack on the rope. It feels as if I'm about to catch it either on my head or under my feet despite the jump and it doesn't make it the most comfortable I've ever skipped. The second issue is when I want to speed up or slow down, and the weight of the rope just doesn't feel quite right, as if doing this won't work as well. I feel it hard to alter from the usual speed, which I have encountered with other ropes but not as much as with this one.
But these are minor issues, and I am more than happy with maintaining one steady pace and keeping my skipping tight in above and below me. Done regularly, I feel this benefits me greatly - it certainly gets me off to a good start in the morning, gets my blood pumping and doesn't cost a thing. It doesn't disturb anyone and our high ceilings mean I can do this as long as the racket of the floorboards doesn't wake the boys - in the morning this could be the ideal thing to get them out of bed though!
At an affordable price as well, it's a rope I'd certainly recommend. Not perfect, but I'd rather have a rope that doesn't deteriorate and feels comfortable in the grip from start to finish than one with a smoother swing and slightly longer length. Highly recommended.
While looking for ways to inject a little fun into my fitness routine I decided to give skipping a go I have done it in the past and found it to be a fun way of exercising that both me and my husband can both enjoy while getting healthy.
The rope itself comes in a small amount of packaging and as soon as you take it out the packet it is good to go. The rope is a good length so that I can use it comfortably and I am around 5 ''7 but also my husband who is a little over 6 ft can also use it with ease.I do not find myself tripping over excess rope as I have with others which is great.
The rope as a basic cord for the rope and on each end of it thick padded soft handles. These has slight groves in it so that it is comfortable to hold and the padding ensures that discomfort while holding the rope will not be a problem as you will get no sores from this rope making it easier to skip for a longer period without discomfort.
Both the rope and the handles themselves have lasted really well with both me and my husband have been using the rope two times a week at the least and a year of use it is still going strong there are no signs of wear on the handles or the rope itself.
It has introduced a little fun into my fitness routine and is perfect for when I want 10 minutes of exercise without going to the gym . As long as you have a good amount o space you can skip indoors or out depending on the weather and also me and my children can use it to skip together so it is all round family fun.
I brought my skipping rope from Amazon and at £4 I think it is a steal my previous skipping rope was useful but the soft hand grips on this rope make it that little bit better and has proved to be essential for comfort while skipping.
WHAT IS IT?
An 8ft skipping rope designed for fitness purposes rather than leisure skipping.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
The soft grip foam handles make holding the skipping rope comfortable and they are widely ribbed to help you get a good grip. The rope turns smoothly and keeps a taut line as you're skipping, it's worth noting that this is an 8ft rope so a full foot shorter than most other exercise ropes, you'll need to bear this in mind depending on how tall you are.
Skipping is excellent all round exercise, it's an aerobic exercise so good for your internal health but also tones both the legs and arms and also promotes strength in the legs. This rope is adequate for a standard skipper such as myself but the lightweight feel of the rope makes it hard to adjust the speed or intensity of your workout, it's impossible to build too much speed up as it feels like your arms are working harder than your legs.
I like the feel of the handles as they keep my hands cool as I workout but if I skip for too long my palms become very itchy, I think this is the foam as it feels slightly more coarse than on other ropes.
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I loved skipping when i was at school, it was a playground favourite between me and my group of friends. I started teaching my daughter a few games and tricks to do with her skipping ropes in the summer and she also shared them with her friends at school although i was surprised my children's school does not have or use skipping ropes at all and my daughter has to take in her own. I purchased a good old fashioned set for her with the proper rope and wooden handles these are made for children as i tried to use them and kept slapping the back of my neck with the rope. Skipping ropes are also used for keeping fit and losing weight. I purchased the York skipping ropes from Argos about five years ago now and still use them daily.
York skipping ropes cost £4.99 from Argos, Jjb and Amazon uk. York skipping rope comes in a little box that's yellow in colour with the words York on the box in black it is unclear what is in the box from the packaging. Inside the box the skipping rope is all wound up and secured in clear plastic bag.
York skipping rope has plastic handles but they are covered in grey foam , the foam is comfortable to hold in the hand and let me get a good grip on them even with sweaty hands. The rope is black in colour and made from rope not like the others on the market that are pvc. Because this skipping rope is made from actual rope the set feel weighted and the rope spins around much better i can only make this comparison as i had a cheap pvc set before the York set.
York skipping rope is roughly 8ft long and weighs 0.2kg. You use the skipping ropes like you normally would for skipping and as i said i have had these for five years now yet they still look like new, no fraying or damage to the rope , the handles look a little dirty but that's it. I do use the York skipping rope indoors as i have the space but can be used outdoors also. I skip for roughly 10 -15 minutes everyday. It helps keep my calf muscles toned , helps with thighs, chest and arms also but most importantly it works out the cardiovascular system keeping me in tip top shape all over.
You can lose weight doing skipping regularly as it helps burn of the fat helping release the hgh hormone naturally. The York skipping ropes are very durable and a decent length , suitable for male or female. I highly recommend the York skipping rope set.
When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, there are so many different exercises you can perform to get your heart rate racing and lose a bit of weight whilst burning away those calories. York are a pretty good manufacturer when it comes to sports and fitness equipment. I have previously bought their Vinyl weights and have also more recently bought this skipping rope, which is great for a bit of skipping in the garden or a large inside room.
The skipping rope is 8 feet long, which is a pretty decent length for me being 5 foot 7. The handles have a foam coating, which is of a decent circumference and easy to grip. The rope itself is made of some strong material and it hasn't really got damaged at all despite slapping the floor a few times. I find doing skips really fast gets my heart rate hurtling and I can really feel it if I do quick bursts of skipping with intermittent breaks.
The quality of the rope is pretty good and I'd say it's reasonably waterproof too, although the foam part may be liable to damage from water. The rope is really easy to store as it's not very large and you can fit it in a bag to take it out so it's pretty portable. The rope cost me £10 and I think that is a reasonable price for a fun bit of fitness equipment. I must admit that I don't use the rope as much as I used to, but it's always there for a quick workout.
I like to vary my workouts and skipping is certainly a fun alternative to working away on a treadmill or cross-trainer. The downside is that you need a bit of space to use the rope in. It's ideal for outside or a large indoor room, but I'd recommend some kind of mat or carpet to absorb the impact of you jumping on the floor to avoid damage!
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A skipping rope is a skipping rope, right? Wrong. The York skipping rope is ergonomically designed for an ultra comfortable grip thanks to the soft foam handles. Many skipping ropes are just cheap plasticy and the handles soon become slippery and basically the build quality is just not upto the exertions of a work-out.
The York rope is specially designed for use during work-outs and the quality is clear to see. The rope itself feels well made, and for just £5 it is a no-brainer that you would buy one of these for working out with.
You may wonder what the benefits of skipping can have on you. We all used to skip at school, and saw it as a fun activity as opposed to a keep-fit exercise! Skipping is actually an excellent cardiovascular exercise that targets the calves, thighs, bum and shoulders and helps to keep them toned. Skipping is also a lower impact activity which means it is kinder to your joints than running. At the price of £5 they are popular with those that exercise at home, though I would suggest you use it out in the garden as to save your light fittings!
My boyfriend is very in to fitness and owns a number of York products. Having procured his old York Handgrips and used them successfully myself, I decided to purchase the York skipping rope when I saw it in my local factory shop at the beginning of the year.
One of the things that attracted me to the rope, aside from the fact that it is produced by York, whose products have always been superb for me in the past, is the fact that it has foam-grip handles. In this respect it is very similar to the handgrips, which I found very comfortable to use owning to the soft, malleable foam and the grooves in it for maintaining a good grip. When I purchased the rope I began using it 3 - 4 times a week for about ten minutes per day. I prefer running to keep fit, but the icy paths and cold air made it dangerous and uncomfortable to venture out for too long. However, I found that I could use the rope to keep fit and quickly warm up on the patio as an alternative.
The rope is eight feet in length, and I found this to be adequate in the sense that it did not trip me up through being too short, but neither was there too much of it. The rope itself is also fashioned from a very durable material, so even when the rope scrapes the coarse ground repeatedly it sustains very little damage, and there is no fraying at all to mine, just a few very minor scratches which are only visible when up very close.
This is a very high quality skipping rope, and is aimed at adults looking to keep fit rather than children. It is of a much better quality than skipping ropes I have owned in the past, which were bought from children's toy departments and consequently were prone to fraying and/or lacking in length. Unfortunately the price of the rope does reflect its target audience and high quality, retailing as it does at just under £11. I picked mine up for £3.50, and wouldn't have paid full retail price only because I was not sure how much use I would get out of the rope. I rarely use it now, but I do know that it will last a good few years.
After giving birth I wanted to be able to exercise and while I still manage to get to the gym I'm not able to go as often as I wanted to and while walking is great exercise, especially pushing a buggie I wanted something that I could do at home and work up a sweat, a running machine or exercise bike were both too pricey and take up too much room so I decided to get a skipping rope as this was something I have used in the gym and could do outside and use the baby monitor to listen out for if my daughter wakes up.
I paid around the £4 mark from Amazon, you can pay extra for a wire one but I did not think that it was worth the extra. What I like about this skipping rope is that it has really soft handles that will not cause your skin to harden or blister, they are ergonomically designed to rest comfortably in your hands.
There is eight feet of rope which is plenty to suit most people and if you need to shorten it you can just wrap it around the handles, the rope itself is strong and has shown no signs of fraying which is good as it has been used outside on the patio so has impacted with stone a lot and it is standing up well to the punishment. Skipping can get boring so it is worth trying to learn a few tricks and while I'm not as skilled as some boxers I have seen on TV training I can skip pretty well and it is a great form of cardio exercise and especially something that works in short bursts.
I have been doing martial arts for a few years and one of the most important elements is to have good cardio to help you get the energy levels to keep going. It is also important to have strong calf and ankle muscles which help you stay in your stance on the balls of your feet and also to improve your jumping.
Skipping is great for both these things. I try to skip every two or three days for up to half an hour, although if you are starting out, five to ten minutes will probably be enough to make you sweat and gasp for air.
I am 5'10" and find that some skipping ropes are just too long or too short. Being too long increase the chance of either you landing on the rope as it passes under you, or it catching the back of your ankles, which if you are skipping fast enough can be surprising painful after a few contacts. Being too short makes it pretty impossible to skip with. At 8 foot, this rope is probably slightly too short for me, but only by a fraction. A benefit of this reduced length is that I can skip indoors if necessary.
The handles are also nicely made with a padded grip. I have used old skipping ropes with tatty wooden handles before and they can cause some discomfort - it isn't painful enough to make you want to stop in itself, but it does give you another reason to want to stop. Well, you needn't worry with this skipping rope as the padding is very comfortable and seems to snugly fit your grip.
My main issue with this is that the "rope" isn't a rope, it is some kind of plastic/vinyl flexi-tube - it is a bit lightweight to get up a fast pace - so this rope is probably geared more towards beginner or slower paced but longer duration skips.
There are cheaper skipping ropes on the market, but at around £5 this isn't bad value - just make sure you get one that suits your needs.
Remember the days when you had to spend over £30 to get free delivery from amazon? Well I had bought a few CD's costing around £25 but I hate having to pay delivery charges. So much so that I went in search of something that was relatively cheap to push me over that £30 mark. It was only the day before I made my purchase that we were having a discussion whilst at work about fitness and some of the easiest and least expensive ways to get fit and lose weight. One of my colleagues said that they skipped 15 - 20 minutes every evening. This is what led me to adding York 8ft Skipping Rope to my basket.
*About the Product*
York 8ft Skipping Rope has ergonomically designed soft foam handles that provide a comfortable grip. Its bearings are sealed for a smooth rope spin.
*Price and Availability*
You can buy York 8ft Skipping Rope from a number of online stores, the most popular of which is probably www.amazon.co.uk, therefore it is very easy to purchase this rope should you wish to do so. The skipping rope retails at £3.99 which is very cheap for an exercise accessory. You can buy skipping ropes at a price a lot less than this and may well be thinking that at £4 you don't want to spend that much on what is essentially a rope but believe me the comfortable soft foam hand grips warrant the additional fee.
The packaging: The skipping rope is packaged in a fairly small, yellow cardboard box. I won't describe it anymore as the second that it is opened and the rope is out, I pretty much guarantee you the box will be in the bin.
The skipping rope itself: This rope is comfortable to use due to its soft foam grips and these do not make it any harder to hold. The comfort allows you to keep going in your stride for longer without your hands or fingers getting sore or aching. And what is great about the foam handles is that you don't get any blisters which you can sometimes get from using a rope with plastic handles.
As for the length of the rope, it is perfect for me. I am fairly short at just over 5ft 1 and in the past have found some skipping ropes ridiculously long and therefore completely useless to use. This does mean that the rope may not be any good for taller people but as I am not, I cannot tell you for sure. The rope itself is wiry and knitted together very tightly. Then means that even after a year of use, it hasn't frayed in the slightest and is showing no signs of doing so any time soon.
Has it helped me to lose weight and keep fit? I believe so yes. It is very high impact cardio work which means that I personally cannot keep going for much longer than 15 - 20 minutes which I think is fairly good going. Plus, I don't believe that you would want to perform this exercise for much longer than that this amount of time as it isn't the most exciting form of exercise. Doing this has helped me to keep going longer in my Boot camp Circuits exercise group though so I think it is working well for improving my stamina.
Make sure that you do this in a room that the rope won't hit a light or the ceiling because a) you don't want to break anything and b) if it hits the ceiling you can't really skip properly anyway. I certainly break into a sweat and feel like I have done some exercise after I've finished 20 minutes or so of skipping.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
For £4, York 8ft Skipping Rope gets your pulse racing and your legs moving so I would definitely recommend the purchase of this product. I think that it is superb value for money, easy to use, small enough to transport wherever you want and most of all a great form of exercise. You can do it anywhere and even do it in the garden when the weather is nice.
York 8ft Skipping Rope is a great product and the handles make it extremely comfortable to use. You will find that if you use this 2 - 3 times a week your fitness will unquestionably improve. Well mine did anyway so hopefully it will be as effective for you. It is a cheap method of exercise that you can perform anytime, anywhere. As the meerkat would say, Simples!
Ergonomically designed soft foam handles provide a comfortable grip. 8 Feet long.