Like many of you, I have struggled with Double-Unders. Also, like many of you, I have purchased a gazillion jump ropes in hopes that one of them might cure the curse of the Double Under.
Lesson #1: There is not a single jump rope in this buyers guide that will instantly improve your double unders. Nothing takes the place of frequent practice. Incorporate double unders into your warm-up several times per week to see the best improvements. At least 3 times per week, I complete 200 DU before my regular WOD (I started at 50 and worked my way up to 200).
Lesson # 1.b.: If you can do double unders, you can do double unders with a $5 rope. If you want to spend a lot of cash on a rope, that’s your business…just know that you can’t buy DU proficiency.
Here is a great video from Chris Spealler on Double Unders.
Lesson #2: The most important quality your rope needs is that it is the right length. Here is a video of how to determine proper length from Dave Newman at RX Jump Ropes.
So let’s get to the Crossfit Jump Rope Buyer’s Guide:
RX Jump Ropes ($34.95) http://rxjumpropes.com/
Multiple options in terms of color and cable weight.
WODrope – $28.99 – WODrope.com
- extended handle lengths available
Freestyle Jump Rope – $13.95 - www.buyjumpropes.net
Again Faster Revolution Rope – www.againfaster.com
Also, available is Again Faster’s Double-Under Training Pack.
Muscle Driver Cable Speed Rope – $9.99 – MuscleDriverUSA.com
Buddy Lee Aero Speed Jump Rope – $39.95 - http://www.buddyleejumpropes.com
Rogue Fitness RPM Speedrope – $38.95 – http://www.roguefitness.com/rpm-speed-rope.php
- many other options available at Rogue as well
- also available directly through RPM http://rpmrope.com/buy
The MetCon5 Training Journal is a great tool for tracking Double Under Progress. MetCon5.com
Here are some “jump rope reviews” from the Crossfit Discussion board
Here is a nice article from Chris Martin of Guardian Crossfit
Good luck with your double unders and I hope this will save you from spending a bazillion dollars on jump ropes like I did.
Until next time…MetCon5 Crossfit Training Journals