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Frank Menendez
07-20-2007, 08:44 AM
I really want to start incorporating jump rope both into my warm-up and start learning double-unders correctly for the WODs. My biggest problem is my arms tend to get tired quickly. I've been trying to improve my arm positioning more, but please, suggestions welcome!

http://www.frankmenendez.com/jump.mov (w/s)

Darren Zega
07-20-2007, 09:34 AM
It's kind of hard to tell from the video but are you passing the rope under your feet from behind you? If so that could be a significant part of the problem. When I jump rope at least, moving the rope from front to rear allows me to better utilize your wrists and triceps to move the rope - and the majority of it should be from your wrists. Right now, it looks like you're driving with your upper arms and not your wrists, and that would explain your arms fatiguing quickly.

There's a great demo on the exercises section of the main page: http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_DoubleUnders2.wmv (w/f safe).

Check that out and try to drive less with the upper arm and more with the wrists.

Frank Menendez
07-20-2007, 09:47 AM
Yes I do drive from behind me, I just saw the video and perhaps my best bet is to learn driving from the front (tried it just a few minutes ago and there is a noticeable less fatigue doing so).

Thanks!

Peter Dell'Orto
07-20-2007, 09:17 PM
Yeah, front to back. Back to front is hard. The way I learned from my coach was:

- front to back
- keep arms low and close to the body
- spin the rope from the wrists

You are getting a lot more arm into it - maybe that's fine, but I found its easier to spin from the wrists. More like the video in this article:
http://www.rossboxing.com/thegym/thegym26.htm (w/f safe)
Trust a boxer to write a solid article on jumping rope.

Keep practicing back to front though, it's pretty cool. I can't do many of those consecutively. :D