There is a knack to jumping rope. My dance teacher used to make us jump rope to develop precision with foot movements as well as to keep up our cardio levels.
If you're having trouble stringing together more than 10 to 20 jumps in a row, check the following:
1) Your rope might be too light. What's it made of? Does it have handles with those little loop-thingies that allow the rope to turn freely? Is it proper rope, or lightweight plastic?
One of the best jump ropes I ever had was rope covered with small plastic tubes (like those spoke thingies that we all used to put on bike tires when we were little). If you missed, the plastic would clip your toes and hurt like blazes. I learned accuracy pretty quickly out of self preservation.
2) Turning rhythm. The rhythm is critical. If you have a rope long enough to brush the floor when you're jumping, listen for that sound. You should jump at that point, because the rope is just in front of your feet. It's sort of a snick-THUMP sound, with the "snick" being the rope hitting the floor, and the "THUMP" being your toes hitting the floor.
3) Speed. Go too slowly and you'll trip yourself up. Too quickly, same thing. Find a pace that works for you, and then speed up as you get more comfortable.
Then if you're inclined, you can start getting into the twinkle-toes fancy footwork, which increases the cardio levels even more.
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