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Bringing Weight and Workouts to Jumping Rope – Is Crossrope Worth the Hype?

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Jumping rope is no longer relegated to the elementary school playground – or the boxing ring. Over the past year, it has become a go-to fitness routine for anyone looking to squeeze some cardio and a calorie burn into a short workout window. Given that jumping rope for 10 minutes is meant to be as efficient as a 30-minute run, that’s not such a bad idea.

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The only catch? You’re going to need a jump rope to do it – and if you plan on pursuing this for a while you might want some workouts to turn to for inspiration. You might think all jump rope models are made equal, but after experiencing a workout with a bad rope, you’ll quickly realize that’s not the case.

Offering jump ropes in a variety of weights with a unique clip-on design and an app filled with workouts, Crossrope has built up a solid reputation in the fitness world. However, to see if it lives up to the hype of its 16,886 five-star reviews, we decided to put the Crossrope Get Fit Bundle to the test.

Get Fit Bundle

Four different jump ropes and two sets of handles

$248 at Crossrope.com


Crossrope Specs


  • Includes slim and power handles: durable, easy-to-grip, backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Handles and ropes feature fast clip connection system

  • Light ropes: 1/4 LB and 1/2 LB (Best for cardio and HIIT workouts)

  • Heavy ropes: 1 LB and 2 LB (Best for full-body workouts)

  • All weights of ropes are available in four different lengths to suit the user’s height:

    • Small: height: 4’9″ – 5’4″, rope length: 8’0″

    • Medium: height: 5’4.5″ – 5’8.5″, rope length:8’6

    • Large: height: 5’9″ – 6’2″, rope length: 9’0″

    • X-Large: height: 6’2.5″ – 6’9″, rope length: 9’6″

  • LE Mat is 54” x 36” x 1/4“ and weights 6.5 lbs


Crossrope Review


Before you make any purchases, CrossRope invites you to ‘Find your set’ through its quiz to determine what rope or rope set is best for your needs and skill level.

The light ropes are optimal for working on cardio, endurance, and agility, while the heavier ropes are optimal for working on strength, power, and coordination. Having all four means you have an opportunity to tackle all these areas of interest in one workout.

After taking the quiz, the Crossrope Get Fit Bundle (which includes all four ropes) was recommended to me. Other cost-saving bundles include the Get Lean bundle which includes the slim handle and the two lighter-weight jump ropes and the Get Strong bundle which includes the power handle and the two heavier-weight jump ropes.


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1. Handles and Ropes


Man attaching Crossrope jump rope to Crossrope handles inside

Right off the bat, I loved the clip-on handle system. It is simple to click the handles into the rope and this system makes switching between rope weights effortless. This design feature also adds simplicity to storage since instead of having four sets of handles creating extra bulk in your gym bag you only have two.

The jump ropes didn’t have any kinks or tangles when I took them out of their tote bags and they didn’t bend or twist while jumping either. The coating on the ropes adds durability to the design so they don’t get worn down even if you’re jumping on pavement or concrete.

The slim jump rope handles are made to be used with the 1/4 LB and 1/2 LB ropes, while the power jump rope handles are made to be used with the 1 LB and 2 LB ropes. I tried out the slim handle first and I loved its size and the grip it provides. You don’t have to worry about your hands slipping off the handle and the precision steel bearings mean the handles stay secure in your hands while the rope is in motion.

The power handles feature the same grip and bearings as the slim option but I can see why they are made for the heavier ropes. I didn’t feel like I could hold them as effortlessly as the slim style, but they do offer a sturdy connection to the heavier ropes.

The handle you prefer will likely vary depending on your hand size and the kind of grip/hold you like, but the nice thing is, even though it’s not recommended, you can still use the slim handle with a heavier rope and vise versa. Handles can be purchased separately and don’t need to be purchased as part of a bundle.

Slim Jump Rope Handle: $59.95 at Crossrope.com

Power Jump Rope Handle: $69.95 at Crossrope.com


2. Weight Options


Crossrope jump ropes on green background, white, grey, green, and black jump ropes

Unlike most jump ropes, Crossrope’s options allow you to bring weight training into a workout that’s typically strictly cardio.

If you haven’t used weighted ropes before, know that they do take some getting used to. In time, however, you will get into a rhythm. I found the 2 lb rope was easier to maneuver than the 1 lb. Something about the extra amount of weight allowed me to establish a slow but steady jumping rhythm, whereas the 1 lb felt like an odd middle ground where I couldn’t move as fast as I would with the light ropes but didn’t have the extra force of the 2 lb to establish momentum.

You will likely do fewer reps with the heavier ropes and feel it in your upper body muscles afterward, but I loved being able to add a strength training element to my jump rope routine.

Using the lighter set (1/4 and 1/2 lb), after the heavier ropes allows you to really pick up the pace while jumping. It felt similar to when you use ankle or wrist weights during a workout and then when you take them off you feel as if you are floating. The lighter-weight ropes are made with speed top of mind, so you can more easily meet your jumps per minute targets.

As with the handles, the ropes can be purchased individually outside of a set.

1/4 Lb Jump Rope: $19.95 at Crossrope.com

1/2 Lb Jump Rope: $29.95 at Crossrope.com

1 Lb Jump Rope: $39.95 at Crossrope.com

2 Lb Jump Rope: $49.95 at Crossrope.com


Crossrope App


Man holding phone with Crossrope app open

The downside of jumping rope is that it can get boring after some time. Unlike running or cycling outside, where you are passing by new surroundings as you move when you jump rope you are pretty much stationary. And if you don’t attempt a few tricks, you’ll simply be jumping in place for 10 to 30 minutes. The Crossrope app seeks to change that.

The free version of the app includes 10 of Crossrope’s most recent workouts and six complete jump rope fitness challenges. If you want to expand your class options, you can sign up for the premium membership which includes a complete library of more than 200 workouts and 10 fitness challenges. A 30-day free trial is available for the premium membership and after that, it is $11.99/month or $79.99/year.

The app makes it easy to filter out workouts, so you can find one that suits the rope you are using, your experience level, and the amount of time you have. All workouts involve jumping rope, but most incorporate other bodyweight moves into the mix as well, such as squats, lunges, and bridges.

The workouts do include non-basic jumps such as jumping jacks and alternate foot jumps, but you can find options that stick to basic jumps only within the beginner filter. Unfortunately, you can’t view the tutorials for the non-basic jumps directly in the app. When you click on one you are redirected to a YouTube video.

You will see a moving visual of each step of your selected workout within the app and you will receive audio cues when it’s time to move onto the next step. I recommend wearing Bluetooth earbuds, but if you can’t do that, a Bluetooth speaker could be used for the cues as well.

The app’s challenges are great if you are not looking for strictly jumping workouts and you want to hold yourself accountable and get into a daily routine of jumping rope.

You can also view your activity stats within the app. There aren’t smart features built into these jump ropes, but an estimate is made based on the workout you completed.


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Crossrope LE Mat


Man and woman jumping rope on mats in living room

The Crossrope LE Mat allows you to bring your jumping rope routine indoors – if you have space. It is recommended you have 10 ft of space front-to-back, 7 ft side-to-side, and a ceiling height that is roughly equal to your rope length. It can also be used outdoors if you want extra support for your joints.

The mat is large enough to jump on and you can use it for floor exercises as well. It has a strong rubber smell, so you will probably want to reserve it for a garage or home gym space. I prefer jumping outside without the mat, but I can see how this would be a welcome addition to a home gym and great for use in the colder months of the year.

The Crossrope LE Mat is sold separately from the Get Fit Bundle.


Crossrope Pros and Cons


Pros:

  • Handles have a nice grip, are comfortable to hold in the hands, and don’t slip even if you’re sweating

  • The handle clip-on system allows you to easily switch between weights, and you can twist the handle without twisting the rope

  • Variety of rope length options to suit a range of heights

  • Variety of weights to suit workout goals

  • Ropes don’t coil or tangle

  • Numerous workouts within the Crossrope app

  • App is easy to navigate

Cons:

  • Ropes and handle sets are expensive

  • Heavier ropes are bulky for portable workouts

  • Mat has a strong rubber smell

  • Rope can’t be adjusted in length, so limited to users of the same height

  • Rope itself doesn’t track your jump count or pace


Verdict: Great Jump Ropes, Complete Set Is Best for Enthusiasts


Overall, I had a great experience using the Crossrope jump ropes. I love that the different rope weights allow you to tackle strength training and cardio in a jump rope workout. The handles have a nice grip, the ropes move easily while the handles stay solid in your hands, and the ropes don’t tangle in storage or while you’re using them.

While it is cheaper to purchase the Get Fit Bundle than to buy all four ropes and two sets of handles separately, the set is expensive and I don’t think most people will make use of all four ropes unless they are avid jump rope enthusiasts. I think purchasing one lighter rope option and one heavier option and using one handle set for both is all most people need to cover their bases.

The app includes a wide array of workout options and in the in-the-ear cues ensure you don’t stray from the routine as you might if you were just reading it off a screen. It isn’t worthwhile for someone who mostly sticks to basic jumps, but if you jump rope on the reg it will help keep things interesting.


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