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What is the Best Speed Rope for CrossFit

RXSG on 18th Oct 2021

Jumping rope is a traditional exercise that has been around for centuries. There are many benefits of jumping rope; it is known to increase stamina, test agility and coordination as well as build strength. Jumping rope is also a staple exercise within the CrossFit community.

Joining a CrossFit gym can be intimidating for some, and picking out your own equipment can be equally as scary yet exciting! It is common for a jump rope to be an athlete's first purchase in the equipment world, and we are proud to make the most innovative jump ropes on the market. We’re going to take you through a few options to help you choose the best speed rope for CrossFit.

First thing to ask yourself is, are you looking for a rope to train or compete with? A commonjump rope mistake we see is always reaching for the lightest rope, no matter what the workout looks like. Contrary to popular belief, we believe that everyone would benefit from training with a weighted jump rope. Whether you are a beginner and just picking up a jump rope, or an elite athlete competing at the top of their sport, the weighted jump ropes benefitsare countless.

When choosing the right rope, a few things will make a difference: handle design and cable weight.

Best Rope for Training

For training, the Original Rx rope has helped thousands of people learn how to jump rope and master the double under. The Original Rx rope uses an industrial grade multidirectional swivel axis bearing system producing a new frictionless rotation. Our patented swivel attachment allows for the cable to reach top speeds or slow it down to suit your needs! The Rx philosophy is that it’s not about pure speed, but rather the right speed to suit your tempo and timing.

The handles are ergonomically contoured to allow you to maintain the most natural and relaxed grip, reducing fatigue commonly experienced in the forearms and shoulders. The pinch points allow you to gain pinpoint accuracy to maintain optimal rope shape. Each handle is wrapped with absorbent tape grip which not only marks it functional, but also easily personable as you can choose from over 25 handle designs!

Best Rope for Competing

For competing, the EVO (Extreme Velocity Optimized) is hands down, the best CrossFit speed rope. What makes this rope so special? The attention to detail. The EVO was in development for over one year with collaboration from top engineers and machinists on two continents. The goal was very focused - to create the fastest speed rope on the planet without sacrificing durability and reliability. The end result is a sleek, highly refined handle with optimal ergonomics and weight distribution. It’s patented swivel bearing system is so fast and smooth that it has been described as the Ferrari of speed ropes by many of the CrossFit Games™ athletes that helped with testing. It is a true marriage of form and function.

It has been our mission to create a speed rope utilizing the same patented EVO Technology to give people the EVO experience but at a more budget friendly price point. Hence, we give you EVO FRE. Made of a special high-impact polymer the EVO FRE is nearly indestructible and weighs in at 2/3rd the weight of it's bigger brother the EVO G2. The EVO FRE is so light and lighting fast it makes double unders feel effortless.

We’ve covered our two most popular types of jump ropes, now let’s quickly go over the two things that are more important than which handle you choose: cable weight and length. Finding the right weight and length is like a dance, it will take a few tries to find your groove. Ultimately, you want to find the right combo for you to feel incontrol of the rope. This cable weight can vary depending on the stimulus of the workout, but generally for training we recommend training with a cable that has a bit more feedback, such as our buff cable (weighing 3.4oz) or our elite cable (weighing 2.6oz). For competing, if speed is your goal, a bare speed wire will do the trick.

In conclusion, the best CrossFit speed rope is the one that you feel the most comfortable in and can control!