I know what you’re thinking, “Pretty bold title, better be good”. No worries, the title actually doesn’t quite do the information justice. If you are pretty good with a jump rope, skip (no pun intended) down to the bottom of the post where I have some workouts that are guaranteed to challenge anyone. If you want to learn what double unders are, how to do them properly, what kind of rope to buy, some quick tips, and some awesome workouts keep reading.
The Official definition: According to Skipping Rope in Wikipedia, double unders are performed when, the participant needs to jump up higher than usual while swinging the rope twice under his feet. Simple enough, right? One jump rope passes twice, DOUBLE, below the feet, UNDER you…. Ok I think that dead horse is beaten.
My definition: a conditioning exercise that may or may not have been used in POW camps during Vietnam to punish infractions.
Double unders have gotten really popular recently due to how often they are thrown into ******** workouts. My only problem with this…A ********ter sees a jump rope and they look at it solely as a device built for double unders. A jump rope is an insane conditioning tool. Maybe you didn’t know this but Rocky “freaking” Balboa used a jump rope for conditioning
AND Muhammad “freaking” Ali
The jump rope and the double under go far beyond just adding it to a ******** workout. A jump rope should be seen as an amazing conditioning tool, and you should be proud to own one…. Don’t own one? Well, this wouldn’t be an amazing guide if I didn’t gve you some options. The way I see it you have two options.
You now know what double unders are, some fictitious and real athletes who use a jump rope for conditioning, where to get a good rope, how to size it properly, and you have gotten a few tips on how to do them…No let’s do them!My opinion is the only real way to learn anything is to get out there and do it. Do it over and over until you get it right. These two workout are guaranteed to FORCE you to get quicker and more efficient at double unders. Not only that, they are both great conditioning workouts and will get you in great shape.
That’s right! Set out to do this workout and see how long it takes you. In the process you will get very good at double unders. I did this workout for the first time a few months ago and here has been my progression.
Nothing works like trial by fire, so get out there!!!
I created this workout a few weeks ago and it has been great. I do it everyday at the end of my workouts for a “cash-out”.
If you can get your goal number every double under minute (all 5 rounds) you completed the workout (If you choose 20, and you get to 20 in 10 seconds then the rest of that minute is rest until your single under minute comes up). The next time you do the workout you have to add 10 double unders to your goal. You keep doing this until you cannot complete the workout OR you get to 100 double unders a minute for a total of 500 double unders. I just completed the 80 per minute goal and will try 90 today….Getting close!! But it is tough and it gets very tiring. The goals is for it to be a continuous not stop 10 minute workout.
Let me know if you have any questions about this workout or anything else. You have any cool jump rope workouts?
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