Beaded rope – made of inner nylon cord covered with plastic. They are excellent for rough surfaces; good for learning the rhythm since it makes a great sound when it hits the ground, and it doesn’t tangle (very important in rope jumping).
Typical me, I spent a little time last night looking around the net for good videos that illustrate proper jump-rope form. The one below from was the one that helped me the most. If you need more, just google “proper jump rope (or skipping) form (or technique, or posture)”.
Single rope jumping or rope skipping is a popular form of cardiovascular exercise. This exercise originated with prizefighters to help develop their lungs and legs.
Rope jumping is a workout that wants practice in order to be efficient. Take a simple rope, preferably thicker in thread; hold both ends on each side and spin it around your body. Jump when the rope wants to “hit” your feet and then continue spinning. The goal is to make rhythmic jumps every time the rope passes underneath your feet.