Just because you can pass a rope under your feet does not mean you should be able to do a Double Under.
Double Unders are a movement that requires timing, skill, agility and of course speed.
The question is in what order?
In order to perform a double under we only need speed and frequent attempts
In order to perform numerous double unders we require all of the previously listed.
Let's begin with hands.
Your hands should be placed in front of your hips. This will allow the rope to remeble a "U"
Note that if you pull your hands too far back or to the side it will look more like a "\-/"
This minimizes the amount of contact the rope will have on the ground. Therefore leaving our margin for error smaller because our feet have a smaller area to pass through and if untimed a rope that requires us to jump much higher.
When keeping our hands in the front, our rope will strike the ground longer and give us a wider gap to jump through.
Next we move onto the Jump.
This should not be tackled until we learn how to skip comfortably with the hands mentioned previous.
In order to perform multiple double unders our jump must be rhythmic.
It is not as explosive as one may think.
When performing the jump, focus on driving off the front of your foot into ankle extension.
Coaches often use the term pike. This is partially incorrect. A persons first inclination is to draw their foot forward when performing a pike. However a pike requires ankle extension first.
When jumping, make note to jump and land in the same spot. One may to this by pushing off their forefoot into ankle extension and landing the same way the went up.
Therefore creating a rhythem.
The last point I will make is rotate the rope with your hands and wrists and not a pseudo arm circle motion.
Performing double unders this way will often require an individual to momentarily be worse at skipping. However you will quickly learn that once you become comfortable with the hands placed as mentioned and jumping in this manner the rope will spin smoothly, you will land softer, and you will be better prepared to string together dozens in a row.
Hands in front and feet in extension will give us the best chance of keeping a rhythm, staying in a agile position and an ability to adjust our speed.
hope this helps.
Remember, do not get frustrated eventhough you skipped when you were a kid, you probably didn't do more than 1 double under without getting distracted by the ice cream truck.
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