Cross My Heart

The holiday season is truly the season for indulgence. Whether dipping into a tin full of freshly baked shortbread cookies or knocking back that third glass of mulled wine or simply shopping to your heart’s content, we all tend to feel a little reckless as the year draws to a close. Hence the spike in gym memberships and vows to ‘do better’ in the new year. But here’s a wild and crazy idea: why not build in some healthy activity into the holiday hustle and bustle? With today’s gift idea, all you need is a little space – and some motivation to get off that couch.

CrossRope JumpingCrossrope is a new innovation in hardcore fitness. As you may remember from your days of huffing and puffing as an elementary school kid, or perhaps more recently as part of an interdisciplinary fitness regime, jumping rope is one of the toughest but most effective ways to get a workout. In fact, I give credit to whatever genius drilled it into our heads as kids that skipping rope is a ‘fun’ activity – it makes the burn of attempting it as an adult feel at least a little bit like you’re actually just playing a game.

CrossRope womanBut here’s what you may not know about jump rope: not all ropes are created equal. I mean that in terms of quality sure, but I’m also talking about purpose. Some ropes are designed to go faster for speed training, some ropes are designed to be heavier for more resistance. It’s pretty incredible that you can get such a range of workouts from one simple rope – but that’s not the case either. Any skipping enthusiast will tell you that you have to build up quite a range of ropes in order to avoid getting literally or physically ‘bored’. Enter Crossrope.

CrossRope SetDeveloped by a former Navy pilot, Crossrope is an interchangeable jump rope system that allows you to customize your jump rope workout based on your fitness goals and level. Given that their ropes are made from cables, they’re extremely durable and up to even the most fierce of workouts, rotating smoothly with every pump of your arms. The cable material also allows you to select from different weights, so you can opt for a light cable for a speed round, a heavy rope for an extra challenge, or the thickest of cables for an all out endurance test.

CrossRope Cables
It’s also a great pick if you’re a frequent traveler – and have some space to get hoppin’. All you need is one set of Crossrope’s sturdy handles, and your choice of ropes. They’re super easy to attach and detach, and they take up minimal room (and weight) in your luggage. I also sincerely appreciate that the brand does NOT advocate a one-size-fits-all approach to their ropes. They actually have a handy sizing questionnaire to help you identify which rope length is right for you.

CrossRope Cable WidthsThe ropes themselves start at just $9.95 for a super slim 2 oz ‘sprint’ cable, and climb up as the weight increases, with the ‘priciest’ pick at $31.95 for a heavy duty 3 lb rope. Good luck with that one hardcores. To simplify things though, I recommend starting out by taking a look at Crossrope’s pre-packaged sets that are geared toward different fitness objectives. It’s a great way to try your ‘hand’ at the interchangeable function of the ropes, without any guessing about which ropes pair well together.

CrossRope guy
From a gift-giving perspective, it’s a fantastic pick for any fitness buff in your family – jump ropes are becoming a gold standard for virtually any workout regime, including everyone from CrossFit buffs to runners looking to improve their endurance. Or hey, like I said before, there’s nothing wrong with ‘indulging’ yourself with a set to help stave off all those other indulgences this holiday season.

CrossRope Complete Jump Rope System
 is available online and does ship to Canada. Of course, as with most U.S. brands I recommend getting those orders in sooner rather than later – it’ll take about 5-10 days for your order to make its way north of the border. And if you’re keen on getting your jump on this holiday season (and beyond), I’ve got some swell news: I’m giving away two $75 Crossrope gift codes so you can buy your way to better health. Want to win one? Here’s how to enter:

1) Take a peek at the Crossrope site and learn a bit more about their products. Then, leave me a comment by midnight November 23, 2014 telling me which rope, or rope set, you’d like to try.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around November 24, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entries: Two ways to earn ’em. If you do them both, be sure to leave one comment per thing that you do. In other words – your base entry, and each of these bonus entries, would equal three separate comments. Got me? 

– Join Crossrope on Facebook and leave them a comment with the rope system (or individual rope) you’re keen to try. Leave a link back to your comment below.

– Show off your fit & fab self by following Crossrope on Instagram. Like or leave a comment on one of their photos, and link back to that photo below.

71 Responses to “Cross My Heart”
  1. Margaret Palmer says:

    I would love to try the Crossrope Burn Set…maybe bringing back the fun of skipping I enjoyed as a kid would help me get moving more.

  2. Sherry K says:

    I put my info in and Crossrope suggested several different sets for me. I think the Swift Set is best for me. Would love to try skipping for exercise.

  3. ikkinlala says:

    I’d like to try the Burn Set, since they say it’s a good one for beginners – I actually do jump rope a fair bit, but I’m still using the rope I got when I did Jump Rope For Heart back in grade seven.

  4. Erin W says:

    I’d love the Zip Set! I can’t wait to try these, I love jumping rope!

  5. aly3360 says:

    I’d like to try the Burn Set. These are a very cool set of ropes! Love it!!

  6. i would like the Performance Set

  7. I would like the Burn Set. It is such a good product providing strength, versatility, high performance & smooth and fast rotations – thanks for the chance!

  8. Sunshine G says:

    I’d like to try the Swift set – it’s been a long time since I’ve tried skipping!

  9. gloria konelsky says:

    Heavy Duty 3 # rope.

  10. CLC says:

    I’d like the burn set.

  11. Shelley N says:

    I’d like to try the Swift Set since I am a beginner so it would be great for me. This would be a great set for my nephew since he has recently started and maintained a fitness regime and this would be wonderful for him.

  12. Quinn says:

    I think the Swift set would be best for me as I’m trying to bump up my cardio and agility.

  13. KellyPC says:

    I’d like to try the Zip Set!

  14. mousecat says:

    I’d like to try the Swift Set 2.0. I fit into the intermediate size!

  15. Susan says:

    According to the sizing questionnaire, I would get the Complete Elite Jump Rope Set.

  16. I think the swift set is best for me. I’ve kinda been taking it easy and need to get back to taking better care of myself

  17. GARRY S says:


  18. Shelagh Macdonald says:

    I would get the burn set, because it is good for beginners, yet versatile.

  19. Alison K says:

    Visited Crossrope site and tried their sizing app. From their suggestions, I’d like to try their Swift Set 2.0 Thanks

  20. Carly Zeeman says:

    I would have to go with the Complete Elite Jump Rope Set. Sounds like fun…. but also a little scary!

  21. jasmyth says:

    I would like to try the Complete Elite Jump Rope Set.
    It sounds like it would be the best thing to give me an overall workout.

  22. Kristen says:

    I would like to try the Crossrope Burn Set. I need a new exercise routine!

  23. Sherri F says:

    I’d love to try the Double Under Domination Set!

  24. SueSueper says:

    I would like to try the Double Under Domination Set

  25. SueSueper says:

    Left a comment on CrossRope;s FB page, and liked them

  26. Cairine says:

    I would get the Swift Set as it’s for beginners.

  27. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would like the Swift Set.

  28. Jessica e says:

    I think the zip set would work for me.

  29. Kiersten says:

    The burn set seems like it would be the match for me

  30. intensev5 says:

    I like the Swift Set
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  31. Jessica Lord says:

    I would like the burn set

  32. cookie3 says:

    the swift set for beginners

  33. Burcu says:

    I’d like to try the Swift set

  34. I would like to try the solo light rope

  35. Katie says:

    I want to try the double under set

  36. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love to try the PERFORMANCE SET

  37. Victoria Ess says:

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  38. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d like the Burn Set in pink.

  39. nicolthepickle says:

    I would choose the Agility rope in black.

  40. nicolthepickle says:

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  41. Trevor Matychuk says:

    Definitely the Burn Set.

  42. Cheryl says:

    The Swift Set
    I’d be a beginner. But this would be great to try come winter..

  43. Joan G. says:

    I’d like to try the Intensity Full Body rope.

  44. truckerofbc says:

    Im a newbie at fitness so the zip set would be my best friend

  45. Julia H says:

    The “complete elite jump rope set” in Medium. I used that handy calculator to figure out what size I should get, and, the set looks great, as it’s got everything you need.

  46. Julia H says:

    Follow on Instagram and like this one: (name on instagram is happyglowlucky).

  47. Suzanne G says:

    I would like the Double Under Domination Set.

  48. Karen Daniel says:

    Complete Elite Jump Rope Set because I travel a lot and this would be great to work out and travel light.

  49. Donna Doyle says:

    The Burn Set

  50. Grace says:

    I’d like to try the burn set!

  51. darci p says:

    Great to be proactive at home before eating turkey and treats! I like this set:

  52. Aimee says:

    I’d like to try the swift set

  53. Evren Ay says:

    I like the thin colourful ropes, however, I honestly would probably give this to my husband because he loves to workout.

  54. Tanny says:

    The intensity heavy rope sounds like a good place to start!

  55. kim heintz says:

    I would like to try the zip set!

  56. Lori P says:

    I like your suggestion for the pre-packaged sets for specific fitness objectives. In my case I’d choose the Swift Set since it’s beginner-friendly and it’s been awhile since I’ve seriously skipped any rope.

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