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8/24/13 2:06 P

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Been practicing jumprope for several years now. But I'm quite new to the this chat group. It's been my favorite exercise since it picked up. Buddy Lee is my favorite of all time. He has done a lot to commercialize jumprope training http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoQ7yPwmK8s
. I like it for the variety of movements. It quickly wears me out because it requires fast aerobic workout. I have posted some armature recordings of myself jumping on my facebook. I learned everything so far by practicing youtube videos, Sparkpeople, and some DVD's I purchased. I'll accept friends ships from members of this group find me by using my name John S Watson and college I graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT).
I've been on sparkpeople since 2008 and mostly used it to learn and organize exercise routines. I started while attending WIT for an engineering degree. I graduated in 2011. While living in Boston I also participated in a running group and aerobice group. The informal running group that leaves out of the city sports on the east BU campus and the exercis ministry of Morning Star Baptist Church. Prior to sparkpeople I did exercise for fun but lacked in practicing organized exercise routines that progressively challenged me. You can also friend me on my sparkpeople page WATSONJ31.



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8/19/13 4:25 A

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same problem

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8/2/13 3:43 P

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I'll be trying some double-unders soon... I'll let you know how I get on and if I have the same problems. :)

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8/1/13 11:41 A

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Now I think I understand the problems better. Definitely, it's the double jump that is causing you problems. You no longer use your regular jumping mechanic so you're putting the stress on your body that wasn't there before. I think you know what to do. Introduce it slowly when you're ready to add it back again. Make it an icing on the cake to your program.

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8/1/13 11:06 A

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Oooh, now I understand! First day I did get whipped by my rope pretty bad. Yesterday, the whipping was no longer much of a problem, but my knee joints and shin bones became painful. I don't know what changed. Today it's really my knee joints which are not okay. So far, when I've attempted to do double-unders there seems to be much more impact in my legs - I jump a bit higher and probably, unfortunately, tighten and tense. The result has been that I've been putting too much pressure on my poor knees, I think. Today I could barely jump rope. I did a long hot, intense, and challenging power yoga class with no problems. I think I'll stay away from double-unders for a good while. Maybe other people haven't had this experience. Hmm....

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8/1/13 10:36 A

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Oops, I misread the problems then. I thought the rope was whipping your shins on the 2nd go around. That won't work then. My idea was to pad whatever part of your body that got whipped.

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8/1/13 6:44 A

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I used to wear shin gaurds when I played competitive soccer. They were to prevent injury from getting kicked. I'm not getting kicked jumping rope or sustaining injury from the outside in. Rather, the discomfort has settled in my knees and the feeling of discomfort is from the inside out. Still, thanks for the idea. I think I'll make a drawing of that one. I'm enjoying the visual.

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7/31/13 11:54 P

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For a start, you can wear shin guards to protect yourself until you make no mistakes.

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7/31/13 11:25 A

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I just finished some more double-under training. Today my bones hurt! Mostly my left shin bone. I think the higher impact of the double-under compared to plain JR is the culprit. I'm gonna have to do some research on an injury-free and safe way to go about this.

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7/31/13 7:56 A

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I don't know what the team would like to do for an August challenge but I had been thinking that a double-under challenge would definitely be my own personal August Challenge. Maybe just trying to have a linked double-under of any amount... I don't wish welts or rope burns or bruises on any of my team-mates. I hope that pain is not a necessary part of learning to double-under. In which case, I would love to learn to double-under pain-free. Hmm....

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7/31/13 7:29 A

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Ack, sorry for your jump rope wounds hehe!

I don't have any advice for double-unders I'm sorry. I want to be able to do them myself...Maybe an August challenge for the team?

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7/30/13 9:55 P

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I'm getting beaten-up again! I've been using my cable rope only since I got it about 8 months ago. Recently, I started attempting to do double-unders. Saturday I was successful. So far, I can only do one single one at a time. I want to do two consecutive/linked double-unders then three then four... It's exciting! What is not so exciting is my backside. Once again, red angry welts and bruises. I don't believe in this punitive way of learning. Nonetheless, I jump hundreds of times hoping that each new time I'll be able to do it only to miss most of the time. Ouch! On the plus side, this thin cable rope whips around so fast when attempting to do a double-under that the rope makes a whirring sound I find impressive. It also feels empowering to do one. I feel like I must be a spectacle at the gym when I practice: whirring rope, laughing maniacally when I'm successful, rubbing my backside and crying out in pain when I'm not. I hope this steep and painful learning curve comes to a conclusion soon. Does anyone have any double-under advice?

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1/26/13 2:13 P

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Like Petalia, I would also try laying down something like a yoga mat...
Otherwise, if it's the only place you can use to jump rope and you really want to do it, I'd try to adjust my jumping to not hit the floor so much... Sure it makes it harder, but hey, you're jumping rope to work hard, right? ;)

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1/25/13 7:18 P

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Hmm...I don't jump on carpet but a wood floor so I can only conjecture. Does the carpet have much nap? I imagine a carpet with no nap would be good and in fact a more giving surface to jump on than the probable concrete underneath the carpet if you're jumping in a basement. If the carpet has nap, what about laying something down over the carpet like a yoga mat or low nap throw rug to jump on? Is it possible to try jumping in another location with a different floor to see if you jump better? I discovered some time ago that I miss far fewer times when I jump barefoot. Shoes would really mess me up. Because one jumps and lands on the balls of the feet, because both legs are as one jumping together (well, they can be), because one is only jumping a few inches high (well, if you chose to), I've found there not to be much stress on my bones and joints and barefoot jumping has worked for me. Is it the carpet's nap that is messing you up?

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1/25/13 6:44 P

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hi guys so i am having a hard time jumping in my basement on carpet any suggestions?

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10/17/12 8:00 P

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Sounds like a great rope, Petalia, especially when there's no more welt or red mark :D Good luck and have fun with double-under experiments with no more rope injury!

So far, I read about people get marks at limbs (hands, arms, feet or legs) but never face or torso, I think it will be very curious and interestings stories for those who get slap on face or torso, hehe. Yesterday, I got some from doing one hop jump. I find that if I jump faster, I can do more of the one hop jump but higher risk to get slapped by the rope, especially at my toes, ouch!

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10/17/12 11:59 A

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I got a new ball bearing rubber rope, the same model as the welt producing one, as well as the pretty red cable rope. The welt story has ended with these new ropes. I am missing more than I did a year ago, no more 1000x jumps without missing, but no more welts. Hurray! I'm holding back on double-under experiments; I'm enjoying not being beaten by my rope any more!

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10/17/12 11:09 A

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Wow, double unders! I'll have to try this again. I remember doing them without a rope on a Jillian Michaels DVD and only THOUGHT about doing the real thing with a rope...it scares me a lot. It's a challenge though! :)

And gosh, my rope beats me up too - it's fun to read how the rope gets people in different places. I always end up with red whip marks on my hand! When I get lazy I deflect the rope somehow upwards to my poor hand! The left! Again and again and again, ha.

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7/9/12 10:40 P

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I tried to do double-under but I always get trouble to get the rope on 2nd time. Maybe I need to change my rope to a cable rope but never seen one yet in our local fitness shop. So, for now, I'm practicing my reverse jumps and try to do reverse jumps for side-to-side, forward-backward, scissors and jacks.

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7/9/12 5:27 P

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I've been practicing double-unders for a while now and I still can't do them comfortably. I find it hard to do them without lifting my knees up closer to my chest for more room. It's a great challenge. The hardest part for me is spinning the rope fast enough.
I've tried a cable rope once during boxing practice and I really liked it. I think I'll get a cable rope after mine gets worn-out.

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7/9/12 5:11 P

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With my thighs crisscrossed with angry red welts and with bruises, after lengthening the rope two times, after switching handles with my old wonderful but worn-out rope, after calling the manufacturer, I ordered a brand-new cable rope. I have never used a cable rope. It is supposed to be the kind of rope to use for performing double-unders. Does anyone have any experience with double-unders? It is supposed to also be good for speed and endurance. It is so pretty that I think I will post a picture of it in the 'Photos' section.

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7/7/12 3:55 A

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Yea, agree, that's amazing, increasing cm! I do pilate class for 2 years and I also increased cm, last year was 1 cm and this year, another cm. Must be because I stand much straighter :D Congrats Petalia, you even had to increase the length of your rope!

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7/6/12 8:23 P

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Wow its amazing that u gained several centimeters!! And from yoga poses!!! Thats really great. Congrats! :D

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7/6/12 7:03 P

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Although there were no visible kinks in my rope, I hung it and attached weight to the end. The next day, lots of misses. I measured it against my old rope. My old rope was 1/2" longer. I lengthened the newer rope and it worked better.

After 11 years of health difficulties, I returned to my yoga practice with consistency late last September. A common ambition of all the yoga poses is to lengthen the spine. At the doctor's office a couple of weeks ago, they measured my height. I have gained several centimeters. I'm as tall as I was before all the health problems. Several centimeters! With that in mind, I lengthened my jump rope another 1/2". It's better but not quite there. I think I will add 1/4". Who woulda thunk?


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7/1/12 9:36 P

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That sounds hurt, especially about the big toenail! I had the same problem with new ropes, get whipped at my shins and forearms (thankfully toe nails stay intact), usually because it got "curly" after long time in package, staying wrapped around the handles. Like you, I kept it much more looser than I usually do till the rope get more straighten.

I like YASSEMINE's idea, hang light weight by end of the rope and hang the rope by other end. Maybe I can try that next time I get curly jump rope.

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6/29/12 8:19 A

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YASSEMINE, I know what you mean! I keep my rope loose and hanging to avoid kinks. Although my new rope is the same model as my previous rope, it is more pliable and not as stiff as the old one. Although there are no visible kinks and the ball bearings has it turning nicely, I wonder...

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6/27/12 9:50 A

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My rope is also made of rubber and makes a loud whipping sound when i jump. I tend to miss a lot when the rope isn't straightened out well, since it would have all these random kinks. If yours is similar, then maybe try to hang it and attach or tie a light weight on the end to straighten it.

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6/27/12 9:15 A

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About 4 months ago, I got a new jump rope. It's the same model as my old one. I loved that old rope and wore it out to nothing. With the old rope, I could jump 1,000 - 2,000 jumps before I would miss. With this new one I seem to be missing a lot. Every time I miss, the rope hits my bare thighs (I jump in shorts) and leaves a welt, sometimes a little bruise. When it hits me, it hurts a lot. Also, I jump rope barefoot. Sometimes, when I miss, the rope hits my big toes. Not only does that hurt lots, but often my big toenail gets either torn or pulled away from the toe a bit. Yikes! What is going on? Does anyone else have this problem? I never did for my first year, jumping with the old rope. Do I need to tape my toes and wear guards on my thighs before I jump? Oh, my rope is made of rubber (?) and works with ball-bearings.

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