How to Adjust a Jump Rope With a Wooden Handle
Most jump ropes come in four sizes — small, medium, large and extra large — to accommodate jumpers of several heights. Using a jump rope that isn’t right for your height can make some tricks difficult, if not impossible, and can also result in injuries. You can adjust a jump rope with a wooden handle in a few minutes, which can help prevent a jump rope-related injury.
Deciding Adjustment Is Needed
- Stand straight, with your feet hip width apart.
- Position your arms so that your forearms are parallel to the ground.
- Hold one handle of your jump rope in each hand.
- Let the rope hang in front of you so that no more than four to six inches touch the ground. If more than this amount of rope touches the ground, you need to adjust your rope. If less than six inches of rope touches the ground, you do not need to adjust your rope.
Adjusting Your Rope
- Stand straight, with your feet about hip-width apart.
- Hold one handle of your jump rope in each hand and let the rope hang in front of you.
- Step on the middle of the rope with one foot and extend your arms overhead. After adjustment, the top of the handles will reach the shoulders for beginners. Experienced jumpers will adjust the rope so that the handles reach the armpits or lower.
- Move your hands down both sides of the rope until you are holding it at your shoulders (beginners) or armpits (experienced jumpers).
- Place rope on ground and use a marker to mark the rope where the handles should be.
- Measure the amount of rope to remove on both sides with a tape measure.
- Add the amount of rope on each side you need to cut off. For example, if you need to remove six inches of rope on either end of your jump rope, then you ultimately need to remove 12 inches of rope.
- Unscrew one wooden handle with a screwdriver or use your pliers to remove the handle if it does not screw on.
- Lay rope on ground and use tape measure to measure the length of rope you need to cut, for example, 12 inches. Cutting from only one end of the rope will reduce your chances of cutting off too much or too little rope. Mark this point with your marker.
- Cut rope at the point you marked, using your scissors.
- Attach handle with screwdriver or pliers, depending on the type of handles your rope has.
- Repeat steps 1-3 to make sure you have correctly sized your wooden-handle jump rope.
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