In addition to the traditional jump rope suggestions, I like to use it laid on the floor. Sometimes I will have participants put the rope in a U-shape and perform “fast feet” drills, ie, forward-back, out-in, side to side. This can modified by making it plyo metric. If laid on the floor in a straight line – participants can move side to side or a step touch hop the length of the rope. I still love traditional jump rope but this adds variety and can be used if participants need an alternative.
As well as timed intervals, I like to do counts. So many jumps without a miss before I do a strength exercise. Or do a “punishment” exercise for a miss. Try to best your count each time.
You can also do this same thing, but use both count and a time. It forces you to jump faster in the same amount of time.
You can also jump on one leg, then the other and add in directional changes on those individual legs to increase the challenge.
I grew up jumping rope and one of my favorites (which by the way still is) is jumping double dutch and scotch. Scotch is double dutch but the ropes are turned in the opposite direction.
One of the other ways that I really enjoy jumping rope is jumping rope with my Kangoo Jumps.
I hope this gets your creative juices flowing as far as changing up how you jump rope!