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A ropeless jump rope is a device usually consisting of two separate handles, similar in size to the handles of a jump rope, which are not connected to each other and are used to simulate the motions of using a traditional jump rope. These can come with a variety of features and technological additions. They ultimately are meant to allow a user to receive the workout of using a jump rope but without the potential for becoming caught up in or tripping on the rope. This allows a user of a ropeless jump rope to continue using the product uninterrupted, even in small spaces where a traditional jump rope would be difficult to use.
While the name may seem like a contradiction in terms, the ropeless jump rope is a fairly functional exercise device that allows a user to receive the numerous benefits of a jump rope workout in any size space. A number of exercise routines include jump roping, as the motion utilizes numerous muscles throughout the human body. Use of a jump rope during an exercise routine can allow a person to burn a high number of calories and build muscle throughout his or her body.
The ropeless jump rope allows a person to use an exercise routine that incorporates a jump rope but does not require the coordination or space usually necessary to use a jump rope. To better accommodate users, a ropeless jump rope can also come with a number of different features built into or optionally added to the handles. These features can include digital readouts with different information displayed on them, sound effects, and weights that can be added to the handles.
A ropeless jump rope that includes digital readouts on one or both of the handles will usually display useful information. This can include a counter tracking the number of jumps, the time a user has been exercising, and an estimate of the number of calories burned during the workout. The handles can also include the ability to establish user profiles to allow a person to track his or her weight over the course of an exercise regimen.
Some models of ropeless jump rope also allow a user to insert weights into the handles. This can be used to allow a user to increase the resistance as he or she uses the equipment, which allows the user to continue receiving the same level of workout even as he or she becomes stronger. The ropeless jump rope can even include a small speaker and make the sound traditionally associated with a jump rope as the rope strikes the ground, allowing the user to maintain his or her rhythm based on the pattern of a traditional jump rope.