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Old 09-17-2012, 06:07 AM   #1
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Double Unders

I workout at my home gym, just had a question about what "surface" is favorable for DU's.. Asphalt or Concrete?
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:39 AM   #2
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Re: Double Unders

Neither is great. In general, the more abrasive a surface is, the faster it will eat through your rope. If you're doing DUs in your driveway, you might want to put down some sort of pad. You could try a very low-pile rug, or maybe one of those plastic pads that are designed to go under an office chair. A cheap floor-mat for a car might also work. Basically, try to keep the rope from rubbing against a hard, rough surface when you're jumping.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:43 AM   #3
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Re: Double Unders

Richard,
thanks for the reply. I`m using a yoga mat.
I was just wondering which has the least amount of wear on the knees..
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:02 AM   #4
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Re: Double Unders

Buddy Lee himself that says NO WAY on concrete.

http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/C...roJumpRope.wmv
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:34 AM   #5
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Re: Double Unders

I will take a look. thx
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:01 AM   #6
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Re: Double Unders

Hmm... As far as wear on the knees, I'd guess asphalt. I think it's marginally softer than concrete. The difference is probably academic, though.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:15 AM   #7
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You can get a rubber horse stall mat from a farm supply store for around or even less than $40. Our gym (and others) floor is basically covered end to end with them. Some might suggest a heavy piece of plywood but I find they have enough flex to deaden the jump. The mats countour to the surface pretty well and are good for jumping and good for the health of your rope. If a mat is too soft though it'll also kill your bounce.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #8
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Re: Double Unders

If you're doing them right, they become a very low-impact exercise. Good form is essential to get the most out of them. How do you do yours?
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:10 PM   #9
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It's not ideal, but if you are on a budget I've found that even a large cardboard box works pretty well. When folded over, it will give some cushioning, it's non-abrasive. The main issue may be anchoring depending on the weight of rope you are using, but it works pretty well and is free (or at least cheap) if you happen to have one around or pick one up from a packaging store.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #10
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Re: Double Unders

I do them directly in the centre of my Weightlifting platform in my Garage Gym.
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