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    Jump ropers, some solutions?

    I jump rope quite a bit. I wear cross-trainers and the only place I have to jump rope is on concrete (Suburban HELL!!). I want to switch to jumping rope with my Vibrams. I've been seduced by the benefits to be earned. But clearly... concrete is already a bad idea even with cross-trainers. How do you solve this dilemma?

    I have tried grass, but it's uneven... hard to find a flat spot and the rope kept getting caught on stuff. I tried a yoga mat... is that even enough cushion? Either way... the yoga mat... is... sticky somehow, it doesn't stay put and the rope also gets sort of caught on it (hard to really explain).

    Does anyone have any solutions? What do you do? Here is an idea I have. We are replacing some carpet, maybe a strip can be super-glued to a part of the garage or the back porch (hidden by the bbq so as not to be too unattractive when not in use). Actually that sounds a bit silly now... not sure what to do.

    Perhaps a more important questions is... would you recommend jumping rope in Vibrams?
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    I jump rope all the time in my Vibrams. I tend to do it at my gym on the thick rubber mats, or the tatami mats. Good cushion and a little bounce, but smooth-perfect for jump roping. You would only need a 3x3 square at home.

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    lol. That's such an obvious solution. I was already over-thinking trying to come up with some genius machination. Thank you for that. I should be able to find one at sports authority or something. Thanks.
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    Why not try one of those small trampolines?

    You might find one in a garage sale or thrift shop for under ten bucks. I have one. I have a bad leg, and that trampoline is very forgiving.

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    that's an interesting solution. The mat idea should be sufficient but I am curious about the trampoline... it sounds like it would be fun.
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    Rubber stall or trailer mats from farm supply stores are often bigger, thicker, heavier, and cheaper than gym mats sold at sports stores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbeyGirl View Post
    Rubber stall or trailer mats from farm supply stores are often bigger, thicker, heavier, and cheaper than gym mats sold at sports stores.
    Thank you for that. I will look into it.
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    agreed... horse stall mats make a great home gym floor.

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    Decided to go with the rubber stall mat. Found a nice large one for $40, and I have other uses for it besides jumping rope. Thanks folk.
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    I think I'm goign to go buy some of those now. I hate jump roping on concrete and it kills my grass. I work to hard on that darn grass to kill it.
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