Thursday 170803

With a 10 minute clock:
Run 1 mile
As many calories on the rower in remaining time
Rest 2 minutes

With a 6 minute clock:
Run 800m
As many calories on the rower in remaining time
Rest 2 minutes

With a 4 minute clock:
Run 400m
As many calories on the rower in remaining time

Post times and calories to comments and BTWB

All smiles from Garret, Steph, and Emily during their post WOD midline work.

All smiles from Garret, Steph, and Emily during their post WOD midline work.


How to be one with the rope. Kinda, sorta By Courtney Shepherd, but mostly By Duane Waits of WOD Talk

Who’s got two thumbs and wants double unders? Everyone. If you already have double unders, we get it, you’re cool. . . but not as cool as Trevor Norris who holds the world record for double unders in 1 minute at 169. So let’s just say we all have room to improve. . . unless we are Trevor Norris.

Some of you have heard me mention in class the importance of being able to control your rope, go from single to double and back to single. Learning to control your rope is one of several steps described by Duane Waits in his article “Double Under Jump Rope Training – Success in 5 Easy Steps”. So see, sometimes I know what I’m talking about. While he does not mention this in his article, I think it’s also important, if you truly want to get double unders or get better at the double unders you have, to get your own rope.It’s not my goal to send anyone out into the world and drop a ton of money on all kinds of CrossFit goodies but I think everyone can benefit from dropping $20-$30 on their own jump rope. Once the rope is fitted to the person, it makes it that much easier to work consistently on double unders. And consistent practice is the name of the game when double unders are concerned. Be Tea Dubs, when you make said purchase. . . please for the love of all that is holy, put your name on it!! In a crazy scheme to make money, Rogue/ JumpNRope/ RX Rope, all made more than 1 jump rope.

Here are all of the tips recommended for training the double under:

1) Choose a Rope

This is the most important element in this exercise. Ropes come in many different colors, lengths, weights, materials, and levels of thickness. I recommend a thinner or slightly weighted rope to facilitate a quicker moving rope. This skill is about speed and control. The rope needs to be at a length that is comfortable for you.

The jump rope handles should go past your waist about 3 – 6 inches when you stand on the rope with both feet about shoulder width apart. You will be able to compensate for the length by moving your arms closer or further away from your body when you start jumping.

2) Learn to control the Jump Rope

This is key because you have to learn to jump the rope and not let the rope jump you. Develop a fast-moving rope with single unders, and with practice you will develop the ability to speed the rope up and slow it down. If you can get control of the rope, controlling your jump becomes easy. Naturally, regardless of your level of coordination you should feel your timing becoming better and better to where it becomes muscle memory.

3) Attempt your first Double Under

Once you have adequate control of the rope, where you can actively control the speed of the rope without stopping, then you are ready to attempt your first double under. Take 3 – 5 single jumps first then with a quick strong wiping motion of your wrist, speed the rope up and jump about 2 – 3 inches higher to have enough clearance as the rope goes under your feet 2 times. Your jump should be as relaxed as possible. If you find yourself expending a large amount of energy to successfully execute one double under, then some more fine tuning needs to take place. Efficiency in movement is the key to your success.

4) Develop a Rhythm

Once you can execute one double under successfully it is time to start stringing 5 – 10 – 15 jumps together in a row. Start developing your natural jump rope rhythm. For example, use a rhythm of 3 single jumps to every 1 double under. Doing so will allow you to reset mentally as you prepare for the next attempt. Experiment with a few different jumping patterns and as you continue to practice, as you get better start taking away the single jumps until you are only doing the double unders.

5) Adjust and Refine to develop consistency

Based on your coordination level developing the double under jump rope skill will vary. The key is to continue to make small adjustments as you continue to practice. Just like learning to ride a bike or drive a car you must develop a feel for the double under jump rope skill. A comfortable, controlled and relaxed jump is what you are searching for. Once your skill level improves experiment with different speeds by slowing the rope down and speeding the rope up. Remember the better you can control the rope the easier it is to jump the rope. Practice until it becomes muscle memory. When you can make 20 in a row look easy you have made it to the top of the double under mountain.

Troubleshooting: 4 common problems addressed
1) I have trouble controlling the rope.

Try using more wrist and less arms. Try adjusting your grip on the handles (i.e. move hands closer to the rope). Try extending your arms out further from your body. Try a rope made out of a different material. Experiment with different rope lengths.

2) The rope keeps hitting the front of my toes when I try to jump.

Try raising your knees higher when you jump until you get better control of the rope speed. Try raising your toes up as you jump.

3) When I attempt a double under I land hard and start falling backward.

Try jumping higher using mostly ankles and your calf muscles. Lean slightly forward as you jump to counter act your tendency to fall backward.

4) I can only get about 3 – 5 in a row before I mess up, what is my problem?

You must relax and increase your concentration level. We are not perfect beings so you must pay close attention and continually making small (micro) adjustments to keep your rhythm steady. Your mind and body must be in sync in order to roll off 50 – 75 double unders in a row.

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