The Trouble With Double Unders

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in Skill Development | 2 comments

The Trouble with Double-Unders by Jon Gilson of Again Faster

Jumping Too Early: Time your jump so it happens just before the rope hits your feet. If you jump when the rope is at its apex, it will need to do 2.5 revolutions to go under your feet twice. If you jump when it’s about to hit the ground, it only has to do two.

Making Speed with the Arms: You want your wrists to do the work, not your entire arm. Revolving from the wrists is quick, from the elbows slower, from the shoulders, slower still. We want speed, so keep the arms quiet and the wrists fast.

Making the Rope “Short”: Keep your elbows at your sides and your hands where you can see them. If you push your arms out, you’re effectively making the space inside the rope smaller, and you’ll trip. If your hands are behind you, you’re tensioning your biceps and slowing your wrists.

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  1. While it’s true that a rope that is too short will trip you up, a shorter rope is faster (less distance to travel) than a longer rope. While I’m no expert on double unders, logic dictates that you keep the rope as short as you can without tripping up.

  2. For me personally, I found pinning my elbows to my side, hands slightly forward, and arms at 90 degrees, helped my double unders tremendously.
    The length of the rope is irrelevant based on your ability to time your jump. Longer rope obviously takes longer to cycle, but I find people who are learning to double under are cycling the rope too fast at the start.
    Experimentation is ultimately how one will find their personal technique as long as they have strong fundamental skills