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Old 04-08-2010, 05:08 AM   #1
Matt Heriot
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Jumprope of choice for DUs

I am by no means trying to make excuses but I am having a hard time with DUs. I can get 5 in a row before falling apart. It seems that I have to work real hard to keep the speed of the rope where it needs to be and I am wondering how much my choice of jumprope has to do with it. Attached is a WFS pic of what I am working with now. I have seen a couple people recommend the PowerMax rope at Again Faster. It appears that I may be better off with any cable rope rather than what I have. What do people think? I would really like to be able to shave minutes off of some of my WOD times by stringing together a good run of DUs.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:16 AM   #2
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

I'm struggling with DU's, as well. For me, I just got double-unders about 2 weeks ago and my longest string has been 8-10(yesterday's workout). I have a rope with bearings in the handles to allow a faster spin. I know that one of the sectionals(Norcal?) used the type you have to make them more challenging. If you want to make them easier, I think anything labeled "speed rope" would be better.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:31 AM   #3
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

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I am by no means trying to make excuses but I am having a hard time with DUs. I can get 5 in a row before falling apart. It seems that I have to work real hard to keep the speed of the rope where it needs to be and I am wondering how much my choice of jumprope has to do with it. Attached is a WFS pic of what I am working with now. I have seen a couple people recommend the PowerMax rope at Again Faster. It appears that I may be better off with any cable rope rather than what I have. What do people think? I would really like to be able to shave minutes off of some of my WOD times by stringing together a good run of DUs.
LISTEN TO ME AND JUST BUY THE POWERMAX ROPE. The end.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:42 AM   #4
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

How does the PowerMax hold up to jumping on asphalt? As my signature states I am a backyard CFer and jump on either the driveway or brick patio. I suppose I could always throw down a sheet of plywood to protect the rope.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:50 AM   #5
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How does the PowerMax hold up to jumping on asphalt? As my signature states I am a backyard CFer and jump on either the driveway or brick patio. I suppose I could always throw down a sheet of plywood to protect the rope.
I only jump outside on concrete, asphalt or decking. I don't think anything can destroy that rope. I've broken every other rope on that page. None of them can withstand heavy outdoor jumping.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

I had the leather version of the Powermax rope for forever, since before my xfit days, and always loved it. I too was having trouble stringing together more than say...30-40 DU's. I figured I'd go out and try a different rope to see if it helps so I bought an Ultra Speed. After Sectionals, I haven't been able to find my leather powermax rope and I miss it dearly! The Ultra Speed is an entirely different beast. Some pros and cons of each:

-the thicker rope/cable on the Powermax makes it much easier to keep momentum with less action in the wrist
-the thicker rope/cable on the Powermax also means it is heavier, which can fatigue the arms/shoulders faster
-Powermax will stand up to the outdoor abuse MUCH better

-the ultra speed is super fast, almost too fast...you have to learn to slow it down some and it takes a ton of wrist action to keep it moving right
-the ultra speed is also super light, so much less shoulder/arm fatigue
-the ultra speed is ultra thin, and will leave you welted up pretty good
-the ultra speed can be adjusted in length very easily (but probably only a once and done deal)
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:23 AM   #7
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

The Ultra Speed is the last rope I ever recommend. I hate that thing. I think the PowerMax is faster. Yes, shoulder fatigue can be an issue with the PowerMax, but if I can consistently hit close to 100 DUs with it, it doesn't matter to me. If I can get through Annie with all sets unbroken, it doesn't matter to me. Everyone who has tried my PowerMax loves it. It can also give you some serious welting, though.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:09 AM   #8
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

This is what I'm working with:

http://estore.websitepros.com/1220297/Detail.bok?no=5 (WFS)

They are sooo good and really fast. 70-100 unbroken DU's no probs

Buddy Lee jump ropes FTW.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:36 AM   #9
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

I too am a fan of the Ultra Speed Ropes, I will be honest and say that I have not used a PowerMax. I have a tendency to use the weight of the rope for momentum and the USR forces me to increase wrist speed and i have been able to string together a truckload more du's with it then any other rope except a cheapy licorice rope.

I also love that I can adjust it easily and that I can stick in the pocket of my sweatshirt or carry it just about anything b/c of its size. I might try to pick up one of the PowerMax ropes just to give it a try.

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Old 04-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #10
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Re: Jumprope of choice for DUs

Are these the ropes you all are talking about?

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http://www.gillathletics.com/store/p...spx?id=914&d=2
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