>One of the least expensive pieces of exercise
equipment is the jump rope. Used for training
by boxers, karate masters, and exercise enthusiasts
around the world, a jump rope can help you
burn calories, develop better coordination,
and give you general cardio-vascular conditioning.
Jump ropes are available in a wide range
of materials: vinyl cord, cotton or cloth
rope, leather, and more. Their composition
influences the amount of "bounce"
the rope has each time it strikes the floor.
Most come with plastic or wood handles, which
should allow the rope to twist without having
to turn the handles.
Ropes come in varying lengths. For a single
jumper, pick a rope between seven and eleven
feet, depending on the height of the jumper.
The rope should be long enough to touch the
floor but not to drag along it when in use.
If you are looking for ropes
consider the "beaded"
ropes that have plastic beads
that make a
clicking sound when they strike
Not only are these ropes more
they are heavier, which makes