Jump Rope Training – Handle Modification

Within the video below, I demonstrate an inexpensive modification that can be made to a jump rope handle (plastic speed rope).  I then provide a brief demonstration of the rope in action with slow motion clips included as well.

As for the handle itself, I’ve included some pictures below to clarify any confusion.  One point that I did not mention within the video is that I tied a knot at the very end of the rope before wrapping each handle.  This was done to prevent the rope from being pulled through the handle before it was thoroughly taped.

After wrapping the rope tightly with the cotton material, I then secure each end with a tight strip of duct tape.

I then continue to wrap the handle until it is solid.  I leave approximately 1/8″ of an inch between the tape and the end of the cotton material.  Be sure to wrap the tape very tightly at this point.

After several weeks of regular use, you can see how the rope has not be worn down at all where it meets the handle.

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  1. I stumbled upon your site by accident and have since been drawn to it. You have pragmatic and useful video articles that constantly glue me to the screen. I’ve had a need for the chain belt, jump rope handles, and I’ve always wanted to know how to really wrap the hands to hit the heavy bag. It is almost disturbing that these video blogs struck such a chord with me. Kudos and please keep up the good work.

  2. I’ve been appreciating your site for a couple of months now. I’m not a fan of the high priced exercise gear so I really like the homemade stuff you make or post. The motivational stuff is very inspiring as well. Thanks!

    I’ve started to jump rope and had a question about your handle. Mine has the rope spinning inside the handle. Is that good or bad or just a preference some have? Does your handle allow the rope to spin? Thanks again!

  3. This video made my day :) I had the same problem with a broken cord and now I gotta solution thanks to you Ross. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I left a question on facebook concerning the best surface to jump rope ( I’m doing some modifications in my gym and now I’m looking for the best material to cover the floor) What would you recommend?.
    ps. I’m waiting for the next vids!!!

  4. Ross, which size of your garage gym?
    What do you have in your garage gym?

    I would like that you give me some ideas to create my own garage gym.

    Thanks a lot. And sorry for the bad english… I’m brazillian.

  5. Ross, I like your creativity. I stumbled on your site reading about abs exercises with furniture sliders and I love your work, so many tips for great workout and it costs almost nothing :)

  6. Thanks to everyone for the kind words…

    @Chad – There is no spin on this kind of handle (not just the modification, but even the original rope that was purchased). For speed ropes, I prefer a basic plastic handle (ie. just the rope and handle surrounding it). I’m not a big fan of fancier handles as something will eventually need replacement.

    @Roosevelt – I don’t know the exact measurements offhand, but the size certainly isn’t very large. I make the most of every inch. Perhaps I can write an entry in the future that is dedicated to making the most of a small location.

  7. I found your site because I was looking into jump roping as part of my routine. I have to say, this is one of the best sites I have ever come across for fitness and training. And you are one fit all around dude. Thanks for this great website.

  8. Another great video/blog post. I’m going to try to do this with some heavy rope to get a Muay Thai type jump rope going. If it works out, I’ll email you the results.

    Thanks again for the idea. Your website is the best.

  9. Ross,

    Awesome tips and incredible video of jumping rope. I linked to your site from a post I just finished about jumping rope.

    I’ve got a long way to go to get the speed and variations you’ve got nailed. But even at my pace it’s been an awesome addition to my workouts.

    When I start to see signs of wear I’ll pull the handles and try your cotton/tape handle.

    Any tips on learning the timing for double unders?


  10. @Troy – Thanks for the kind words.

    It’s difficult to explain what is necessary for the double under through text alone. I discuss it in more detail in my Full Throttle Conditioning DVD, but perhaps I can add a related video to Youtube in the future..

    For starters, don’t try to string together multiple reps yet. You need to first get a single double under (to get the feel for what must take place). You’ll typically want to skip with a comfortable cadence first and then finish the cadence with one double under. You’ll be jumping a bit higher than normal with your first attempts. With regular practice, you’ll gain more control over the movement (it’s common to rush initially).

    It then boils down the regular practice. Practice is the mother of all skills.

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