There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.
On Trial: Wayza Weighted Jump Rope
The Tester: Brandon Carte, a guy who hates running, but still wants to get his cardio in.
The Brief: I was having an incredibly difficult time getting cardio in at home. I got this affordable weighted jump rope set and it made a world of a difference.
I hate running. I’ve consistently made efforts to try to get into it, but I fail every time. I’ve gone to a running store to get properly fitted for shoes. I’ve tried using fitness trackers to hold me accountable and track my progress. I’ve asked my runner friends to send me their favorite playlists. Running and I just never click. Under normal circumstances, to get my cardio fix, I either swim laps or use the elliptical for 30 minutes. But because of the global pandemic, public pools and gyms are closed.
Feeling inspired by a guy I saw jumping rope outside my apartment building while I was walking my dogs, I began to compare jump ropes on Amazon in hopes that it could be a good cardio replacement.
The Wayza is an interlocking weighted jump rope set that’s made from braided steel and has a protective sleeve that keeps it from tangling. It may seem pricier than other options, but with this set, you get three ropes: a blue one that weighs a half pound, a yellow 1-pound rope, and the heaviest: a green 1.5 pounder. The heavier the rope, the thicker it is.
I was quite impressed with the premium quality of the ropes and handles. The 6-inch metal handles have embedded silicone grips so even the sweatiest of hands can grip them comfortably, and the interlocking system makes changing out the ropes quick and easy. I use the lightest rope for developing speed and agility and the heavier ropes to get a more intense workout.
I totally felt the burn in my calves with each of them, but when using the heaviest rope, my arms and shoulders got a decent workout, too.
I also tested the much pricier Crossrope weighted jump ropes. Crossrope sells two jump rope sets: the $99 Get Lean set, which includes a ¼- and ½-pound jump rope; then there’s the $139 Get Strong set, which includes a 1- and 2-pound rope. This rope features thicker handles that weigh 5 ounces compared to the Get Lean set’s 3-ounce handles. The Wayza rope’s handles weigh 2.8 ounces, but you can customize this by adding a 1.8-ounce weight to them to make them even heavier.
What sets Crossrope apart from the Wayza rope is that there’s a digital element involved. The rope itself doesn't have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but you can download a complementary smartphone app that’s packed with a wide variety of workouts, challenges, and circuits.
You use the app to keep track of what workout programs you have completed, learn new jump rope skills, and track your progress over time. The best part about Crossrope is the company sells the ropes in four different sizes ranging from 8 feet in length all the way to 9.5 feet long to accommodate jumpers of all heights.
When I got my Wayza ropes in the mail, they all were far too long, so I had to get the wire cutters and tape measure out to cut each rope down to the correct size. Obviously when I cut the rope, I did lose a few ounces of weight. With the handles attached, my “1 pound” Wayza rope now weighs 14 ounces while the “1 pound” Crossrope weighs 24 ounces with its handles.
The Wayza rope is incredibly robust and feels high in quality despite being two times cheaper than the Crossrope. I felt as though the Wayza rope turned just as freely as the Crossrope and while its handles aren’t as grippy or soft, they are still plenty comfortable.
Even though you have to dedicate some time and effort to cut the Wayza rope, I think it’s easily worth the extra savings. Not only that, the Wayza ropes come with a nicer, hard shell case. Plus, you have the option of adding or removing weights to the handles.
The Crossrope, on the other hand, comes with a fabric drawstring bag that’s nothing special, and you can’t add any extra weight to its handles. Although the Crossrope Get Strong ropes are indeed heavier, you’ll still get a good workout with the more affordable and slightly lighter Wayza ropes.
Closing argument: You may think of jump rope as only a schoolyard staple, but it's actually an extremely effective full-body workout that'll get your heart racing. The Wayza weighted jump ropes helped me improve my endurance and torch calories. Best of all, jumping with them is a lot less miserable for me than running is.
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