Jump Rope Basics: Achieving the Perfect Arc


Hi this is Tim and Shana from Punk Rope
and we’ve been asked by one of our YouTube subscribers to address an issue
that’s pretty common and that is what happens when one hand dominates the turn. So most of us are dominant—either right or left—and obviously a much higher
percentage are dominant with the right hand. And there’s a number of things that
happen but first let’s talk about how you can identify when one hand is taking
over. And the best way is to look at the arc of the rope over the jumper. So Shana
is going to start with just a basic bounce and I’m going to try to get a little bit
closer. And what you’ll see is a nice clean arc centered right over her head.
Rope jumping is a bilateral activity so that means both hands have to
contribute—preferably equally—and in her case it’s beautiful. She’s doing a
fantastic job. It looks really great and looking at her feet you can see there’s
even clearance on both sides of her feet. However she’s going to cheat a little bit
now and dominate with her right han Now when we look above
her head you’re going to see that arc is actually way over to the left and then
if we look at her feet you’re going to see the rope sliding in at an angle and
she’s got more clearance on the right side so if she misses it’s almost
always going to be on the left foot. The rope is going to catch on the left foot
because her right hand is coming slightly across her body at a faster
rate and with more force than her left. So to diagnose it really helps to have
a partner or preferably someone to shoot some video. And to fix it one of
the things we’re going to work on is the swing with the non-dominant hand.
So in this case it would be Shana’s left hand working on that windmill swing,
trying to get the rope to stay just to the side—so parallel to her feet—and
hitting the same spot over and over again. And she’ll keep practicing this
until the left is as proficient as the right. And once that happens it should
clean up this issue and we should see an arc over the center of her head. We
should see equal clearance on both sides of the feet. She should no longer miss
only to the left side. Of course we’ve accelerated the practice to ten seconds
but it’s definitely something you want to pay attention to. So as much as we’d like to think we’re all symmetrical, we’re not.
Sometimes one hand is lower or one shoulder is hiked up, but mainly we just need to
pay attention to not letting that dominant arm take over. It’s a bilateral
activity. Both hands have to contribute equally. I hope that’s helpful.
Thanks for joining us. We will see you again soon.

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