The idea was to find an alternative way of doing cardio. I’m currently trying to find alternatives to running because the thought of running in the cold weather sucks, I wanted an alternative that I can do indoors. I heard that skipping is a great way to go, so after doing a little research I picked up the weighted Everlast jump rope for £10/$15
**Please note** I bought the Everlast Jump Rope I talk about in this review with my own money. No incentives were given to me by any third party to do this review.
The first thing I’d say about my experience is this. Skipping is no walk in the park. If like me at this point you haven’t skipped before, you would probably think skipping is easy. You would probably visualize children in playgrounds using skipping ropes and think it’s nothing. Well, let me tell you this, skipping is tough for a beginner!
To start with, I set myself the challenge to go a full minute non-stop skipping. One measly minute. After 15 seconds I had to stop. Skipping is really tough workout when done right, and the added weight of the 1lb weight in each handle of this rope makes it even tougher
I mistakenly thought I’d look like Iron Mike Tyson in one of those ‘old-skool’ videos of him training for a big fight.
This just highlights the fact that skipping well takes a lot of control and stamina, it’s an all body workout. After my first 15 minute session of skipping I was out, for the count. My thighs, calves, shoulders, biceps, and triceps were burning. I felt as though I had run a mile non-stop. It was great.
The Weighted Everlast Jump Rope Review
This Everlast jump rope is great. Be aware before you buy it that this is not a speed rope. By all means, try and use it like a speed rope but you are only going to embarrass yourself.
The Everlast jump rope has 2x1lb removable weights. The guy in the shop that I bought it in said you can upgrade the weights but I haven’t seen them on sale anywhere. The weight inside each handle is a solid iron rod that you can remove if you wish. Also, comfortable grippy foam covers each handle so it won’t give you blisters. The rope length is 304cm/10′ and adjustable. I had difficulty adjusting the rope length, it was no easy task and had me cursing a few times.
As the rope spins the join between the rope and the handle makes quite an audible clicking sound. This can be annoying, but it actually helps you keep a steady rhythm and in turn helping you skip for longer.
This rope simply does what it says on the box. It’s an adjustable weighted skipping rope that is a very worthwhile addition to your gym kit. The build quality was very good and you can get a very good workout with this provided you are physically prepared. The idea of skipping rope is simple and doesn’t need to be over complicated. This weighted skipping rope is well built and doesn’t over complicate things with gimmicks. I like it and will continue to use it.
- Good build quality
- Gives good workout
- Ability to remove the weights in the handle
- Lack of speed – But then again, if you want speed definitely go for a speed jump rope and not these.
I intend to try a speed rope to compare the difference. Somebody at my local gym says that a speed rope feels a lot more fluid than a weighted rope and allows the user more movement between jumps. So watch this space for my next review!
Where to buy
Everlast.com | amazon