Let’s talk about speed ropes – a variation on the jump rope or skipping rope that spins much faster than a regular rope.
Why a speed rope? The increased speed helps improve coordination and timing.
The super fast spin makes some moves easier – such as the double under or triple under.
But you’ll be turning the rope more , and jumping more – so a speed rope can also be a great improvement on the endurance building aspects of jumping rope.
We’ll look at some options from Rogue Fitness – they have the widest range of speed rope options of any manufacturer.
Rogue Fitness SR-1 Speed Rope
We’ll start with Rogue’s most affordable speed rope – the SR-1 Rogue Bearing Speed Rope.
The secret to it’s speed?
The coated 3/32″ speed cable is part of it. It’s not a rope. It’s a cable, with a small diameter. That means less air resistance.
And that also means the speed cable is much lighter than a thicker cable.
It’s less effort to spin a lighter cable – so you can go faster.
The other part is that this speed rope makes use of ball bearings for a wicked fast spin.
Ball bearings mean an absolute minimum of friction for the moving parts.
Ok, so this rope will spin fast. What else is good about it?
There’s a wide variety of color selections.
The handgrip part is made from “indestructible glass-filled nylon resin.”
But more importantly there is a Short Handgrip option which has a 5.25″ handgrip – which is 1.5″ shorter than the regular model.
There is also a Long Handgrip option as well, if that’s what you need.
The handle is 7.5″ in length.
The cable, which will wear out eventually can be replaced, and the cable can be trimmed to size for the particular user.
The standard cable is 10 feet long – with an 11 foot model also available for really tall athletes.
Overall the SR-1 Speed Rope is an affordable, high quality entry level speed rope that can help you take your workout to new heights.
Not having much luck with the jump rope? Make sure your rope is the right length. Too short or too long is a show-stopper.
How long should your jump rope be?
Place your foot on the mid-point of the rope, the handles should come up to mid-chest height.
Most of the Rogue jump ropes can be trimmed to the perfect size
Froning SR-1F Speed Rope
The Froning SR-1F Speed Rope is the Rich Froning branded version of the SR-1 speed rope.
Handle length is 6.5″ with special molded handgrips.
It’s branded with the R* logo of Rich Froning – four time “Fittest Man on Earth”.
Otherwise it’s all the same specs as the SR-1 series speed rope.
What If a Speed Rope Is Too Fast?
A lightning fast speed rope may not be the best option for an absolute beginner.
A slower spin and heavier cable or rope can provide the feedback that a jump rope beginner needs.
And for that Rogue offers the Rogue Fixed Length Bushing Speed Rope.
A bushing is another type of load bearing surface to allow parts to move freely – but it’s not as friction-free as ball bearings. So it’s gonna spin slower.
Further, the 3.2 mm PVC coated steel cable is 1.1 mm thicker than the cable used on the SR-1.
That means more weight.
More weight on the cable means more work to spin, but more importantly more “feedback” to the trainee.
This model is non-adjustable, so pick the right length for you – and you’ve got a simple, cheap, but good beginner speed rope.
If you want an adjustable model, take a look at the SR-3 Rogue Bushing Speed Rope.
Same great features, but in a model you can adjust to the perfect length.
Roque SR-2 Ballistic Speed Rope 2.0
The next step up in Rogue’s speed rope arsenal is the SR-2 Ballistic Speed Rope 2.0.
Judging by the name, you’d expect the SR-2 improves upon the SR-1 model, and it does.
The SR-2 uses a similar 3/32″ speed cable and ball bearing system like the SR-1.
But it’s got nice grippy aluminum hand grips – featuring a sandblast textured spindle with a fine, knurl-textured grip.
It’s available in 2 handle lengths – the standard 6.75″ or the “Short” model 5.25″.
Also available in a variety of color options, and it’s made in the USA.
The attraction of the SR-2 is really the handles – look at that knurl.
Like the SR-1, there’s also special editions.
The Bridges SR-2 Speed Rope 2.0 is available in a nice looking anodized Olive Drab color with exclusive etchings of the Josh Bridges “Stache” logo in white.
Other than that – very similar to the SR-2 regular model – aircraft grade aluminum handles, 3/32″ speed cable that is adjustable, and super-smooth ball bearing spin.
Rogue SR-343 Mach Speed Rope
We’ve saved the best speed rope for last.
And that brings us to Rogue’s premium speed rope – the Rogue SR-343 Mach Speed Rope.
Rogue claims this is their most advanced mechanical design for a speed rope.
The SR-343 is made in the USA.
It’s got all the great features of the Rogue SR Speed Rope line – replaceable cable, trim to the perfect size, etc.
But most importantly, it’s got the most speed.
The speed cable is a dense 5/64″ diameter cable – 10% denser than that of the SR-2.
That means even more speed.
But the real secret of the SR-343’s speed is the custom designed bearings.
They spin up to 10x better than the SR-2.
The handles are made from aircraft grade aluminum, with the addition of a lightweight urethane grip.
All this advanced technology does come at a price – this is one expensive jump rope.
But it is the most advanced, fastest speed rope around.
Don’t believe us? Check the user reviews on Rogue’s website.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of jump rope basics, you can probably benefit by upgrading to a speed rope.
A speed rope will help you perform double unders and triple unders more easily.
But it will also let you work harder, and faster, and to gain more from your training.
Rogue has a diverse set of speed rope options and with the SR-343 Mach Speed Rope has what may be the fastest speed rope money can buy.
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