by Katie Bender

Everybody wants them, but not everybody has them

Let’s talk about double unders; a movement you probably watch your 5 year old do with ease, while you have whip marks covering your arms and legs. This movement takes a great deal of coordination and body awareness. Some beginners pick up double unders quickly, while others struggle for years. I am going to be completely honest, it takes practice and patience.

  • The “Type of Rope
    Let’s talk about different types of rope. There is a big difference when it comes to the types of ropes. We have two different kinds in the gym and a third that I will brief you on.
    – The thicker (licorice) rope is called a trainer rope. This is the rope you want to start with if you do not yet have double unders.
    – The coated wire rope. This rope moves faster through the air than the trainer rope. If you have started to link double unders and are trying to get more efficient, give the coated rope a try.
    – Last, the uncoated wire rope. This is the fastest rope for the higher skilled jumpers. This one also hurts the most when you miss!
  • The Length of your Rope
    The longer your rope is, the more lag time you have as it comes around your body. Ideally, you should be able to stand on the rope with both feet together and the handles should come to your armpits. You’ll see that really good jump ropers have very short ropes, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
  • Body Position
    Your body position does not change from single unders to double unders. I repeat, your body positioning does not change! You are essentially in a hollow body position in the air. Feet are zipped together, toes are pointed forward. The rope is in your hand in front of you with your elbows tied to your body.
  • The Movement
    Once you get a single rhythm, you will jump higher and spin the rope faster for a double under. Simple enough right? This motion is all in the wrist. The only body part spinning the rope is your wrist. Your bounce needs to be a quick and gentle rebound from the floor. If you start to donkey kick or land hard, your body has no chance to recover for the next jump.

If you want to buy your own rope, check out our other article about that here.