Jump Rope History
How Did Jumping Rope Come To Be?
While you might not think of jumping rope as an old sport, the fact is, jump rope history goes back to the time of very early humans.
Jumping rope has many names, including jump rope, skipping rope and rope jumping - as well as many variations of those phrases.
Jump Rope History - In The Old Days
Back "in the day", many tribes and communities used to jump rope in very similar ways. For example, the Egyptians jumped over vines, aborigines used bamboo to skip, and the people from the medieval period had pictures depicting the children of jumping through hoops.
I wonder how they cut the ropes to the correct jump rope length?
Although nobody can know exactly when it started (although researchers believe it was somewhere around 1600 B.C.) or exactly how it was performed in the beginning, we know that it's progressed immensely over the years.
It went through the countries of Egypt, China, all of Europe, and eventually found it's way into the United States as well. By now, virtually every country in the world uses jumping rope as a form of exercise.
As of right now, it's the combination of a popular pastime, an amazing form of exercise, as well as a competitive sport!
Jump Rope History - Jumping Games
Although many people think of jumping rope being a game girls play at recess, it actually started off being a man's game. There are many games that children play when jumping rope, most of which have to do with singing jump rope rhymes while jumping at the same time.
One of the most popular games is called "Double Dutch". To play this, two people hold two ropes and simultaneously circle them in the opposite direction. The jumper waits outside, waits for his/her timing to be right, and jumps in the middle of them. They then continue to jump through the two sets of ropes.
These types of games were tremendously popular in the 1940's and 1950's, up until the time of the TV and radio in the late 1950's. Unfortunately, TV started to captivate the minds of young children and they would watch more TV instead of playing games like jumping rope.
Jump Rope History - Jumping Rope Makes a Comeback
Back in the 1970's the world started to see an increase of interest in physical fitness.
This prompted people to stop watching as much TV and start exercising more, and programs started to promote jumping rope more heavily in order to keep kids more healthy. To make it interesting, they decided to hold organized jump roping events!
Since then, people have realized that jump rope training is a great way to get an amazingly effective workout. It's extremely fun, just about anybody can do it, and it only takes a few dollars to get started.
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Jump Rope History - Jumping Rope Today
Today, jumping rope has unfortunately been forgotten by a large number of people. Although some individuals still train by doing it, such as those in fighting sports like boxing, kick boxing, and mixed martial arts, most average people don not train with jump ropes.
However I advise you to at least give it a try. I am sure you will find it extremely enjoyable once you get the hang of it. I know I do, and I would recommend it to everybody!