By: Erick Avila
Jump rope drills are one of the best ways to develop athleticism—agility, quickness, coordination, endurance and smooth footwork. Why? Well sports are played from the ground up, and jumping rope strengthens the muscles in the feet and ankles while also increasing your explosiveness in the same way as plyometrics.
Even better, a jump rope is one of the least expensive and convenient pieces of athletic equipment, and you can use it virtually anywhere.
These tried and tested drills will immediately improve your speed, agility and footwork.
This drill requires you to continuously jump over the rope with one foot (you can alternate feet after a certain number of hops). This trains your balance and single-leg explosiveness.
To perform this drill, simply skip side to side as you jump rope. This develops lateral quickness needed in sports to juke past defenders.
Start with one foot forward and the other back. When you jump, quickly switch your foot position, shifting your front foot back and your back foot front. This is a perfect drill for agility and body control while backpedaling, something that’s necessary for good defense.
This involves rotating your lower body so that your hips, knees and toes turn left and right during each jump, while your upper-body orientation remains the same. This drill is for body control and improved speed when changing directions.
Jump Rope Drills – repeat 4 times
Basic Hop- 30 seconds
Single-Foot Hops – 15 seconds each foot
Side-to-Side Jumps – 15 seconds
Ali Shuffle – 15 seconds
Twisters – 15 seconds
Basic Hop – 30 seconds
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