Double-under Quest

I came home from CrossFit a few days ago looking like this:

IMG_1529No, they aren’t cat scratches.  They’re jump rope bites!

We jump rope a good bit at CrossFit.  If you’re like me, I hadn’t picked up a jump rope since I was a little kid, so when I started CrossFit a little over a year ago, I was severely out of jump rope shape.  Over the course of my short CrossFit “career”, though, I’ve improved on the jump rope.  I can jump 200 times without missing the rope–on most days.  You know how it goes.  Some days you just can’t do anything right, right?

But when it comes to double-unders…

Most CrossFit workouts that include a jump rope include the skill of double-unders, having the rope pass twice under the feet with a single jump.  To me, it’s a bit like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time.  Somehow, I just can’t seem to keep my jumping rhythm while speeding up my twirling rhythm.  It should look like this:

But I’m not there yet.  I can usually get a double-under with every other jump, but I’m having a hard time stringing a run of doubles together.  IMG_1536CrossFit jump ropes tend to be a slim cable, so when I miss, the rope really packs a wallop.  Hence, the lovely whelps on my arms. But I am bound and determined to get this skill down.  I’m done with letting the jump rope beat me, literally.

So, starting Monday May 1, I’m challenging myself to a month of jumping rope.  For the month of May, I am challenging myself to at least 15 minutes a day (except Sundays) of jumping rope and working on double-unders.  My goal is to do ten     double-unders unbroken at the end of the month.

Will I meet my goal?  Check in and follow along on my quest for      double-unders!

Talk to me:

What’s a goal you’re working towards?

When’s the last time you jumped rope?


Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I’m Juanita. People tell me I don’t look like a Juanita since I’m red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what’s in a name, right? I’m a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I’m a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I’m a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there’s a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

3 thoughts on “Double-under Quest”

  1. Nice. Sure you can do it. Me, just trying to get back to three runs a week. Hopefully another half marathon before Fall.

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