Double Unders: Fix These Jumping Mistakes (to hit a PR!)

Written By Ben  |  Double Unders 

Today, I'm diving into a common issue that many athletes encounter: mastering the art of double unders. If you've been struggling to string together those elusive consecutive double unders or find yourself hitting a plateau, pay close attention because I've got some game-changing tips for you.

Let's cut straight to the chase. There's a critical mistake many athletes make when attempting double unders, and it's all about jump control.

Yep, you heard that right. Your jump can make or break your double under game. So, what are these jump control mistakes you might be making? Let's break them down:

Mistake 1: The Pike Jump

Ever seen someone jump during double unders like a dolphin? That's the infamous "Pike" jump. It might get you through a few reps, but it's not doing you any favors in the long run.

Mistake 2: The Donkey Kick Jump

Picture someone kicking their feet up like a donkey mid-jump. Not the most graceful move, right? That's the "Donkey Kick" jump, and it's another common pitfall.

Mistake 3: The Toe Tuck Jump

Then there's the "Toe Tuck" fault, where you land flat-footed after tucking your toes mid-air. It's a subtle yet significant issue that many overlook.

These mistakes could be holding you back from achieving those unbroken sets of double unders you've been dreaming of. But fear not, because I've got a plan to fix them.

How to Fix Your Double Unders Jumping Mistakes

Double Unders Fix These Jumping Mistakes (to hit a PR!)

Fix Your Jumping Pattern

Before we even think about grabbing that jump rope, let's focus on mastering the fundamentals of jumping. Imagine I asked you to jump up and down ten times. You'd do it with proper form, right? Apply the same principles to your double under jump.

Feet underneath your hips (or slightly narrower), toes pointed down, knees soft, chest proud. Keep your eyes fixed on a point in front of you to maintain stability.

Now, let's talk jump height. You want to aim for that sweet spot, around 4 to 6 inches off the ground. It gives you enough airtime to spin the rope twice without feeling rushed.

Record Yourself In Slow Motion

Grab your phone, set it to slow motion, and film yourself jumping. Watch for any deviations from the ideal jump form.

Are you maintaining consistency?
Identify areas for improvement.

Drills to Master Your Jump

Start with the "Big Single" drill—practice jumping without the rope, then transition to big single unders. Focus on replicating your jump form consistently.

Next, incorporate "Penguin Claps." These mimic the cadence of double unders without the rope. It's all about syncing your jump with the rhythm of the spin.

Put It All Together

Finally, merge everything into a seamless sequence: five double under jumps, five big singles, then an attempt at double unders. Pay attention to any deviations and adjust accordingly.

Remember, mastering double unders takes practice and patience. Embrace the process, and celebrate progress along the way.

So, there you have it—your roadmap to fixing those pesky jumping mistakes and unlocking your double under potential.

Don't forget to snag your free training course and dive deeper into the world of double unders. Until next time, keep jumping, keep striving, and keep chasing those PRs!

Share your experiences and challenges with double unders in the comments below—I'd love to hear from you.

Together, let's elevate our skills and crush those fitness goals!

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