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Cordless jump rope patented

Ryan Block, @ryan

Jumping rope is a lot of fun when you're watching Rocky -- but it seems like whenever we try to give it a go our uncoordinated selves get all tangled and trip, and we inevitably get too frustrated to finish our workout at the Engadget HQ Fitness Center (gotta keep active!). Well, uncoordinated dolts like us need no longer fear skipping rope: Lester Clancy of Mansfield, Ohio has patented the ropeless jump rope, a two handles with tracks for internal weighted counterbalances, which he believes would provide a suitable alternative for the klutzes like us, and for prisons, where implements of suicide are a consideration. Dark, but understandable. Now if you'll excuse us, we've got some ropeless double-dutch to jump, thanks.

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