Jumping Rope: How to Do Double-Unders

13 August 2010 · 10 comments

This probably of little interest to anyone other than me (and perhaps Paul Jolstead), but I wanted to bookmark this video for future reference:

This video describes how to “double-unders”, which is a jump-roping technique common in Crossfit. Instead of jumping and letting the rope pass under your feet just once, you spin the rope so fast it passes under your feet twice per jump.

I can’t do this.

I’ve been trying for months, and I can’t get the method down. I’ve landed a few double-unders, but can never successfully transition to the next jump. But one of my goals for the next few weeks is to learn how to do this. I’ve already done my first pull-up (and almost strung two together), and have finally learned how to kick up to a handstand (which I can hold for 45 seconds), but I can’t do a double-under, and I want to.

And that concludes today’s edition of J.D.’s Crossfit Journal.

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1 Suzanne 18 August 2010 at 16:36

I liked watching this. Thanks for sharing!


2 Paul J. 24 August 2010 at 21:58

Not quite the same type of jump roping but amazing none the less.



3 Eric 25 October 2010 at 06:14

Great video find JD! Thanks! I too struggle with double-unders. I just purchased my own rope so that I can practice at home all the time. I’ll use the progression that Patrick encourages and see if I can start nailing some consecutive DUs.


4 Cheryl 12 January 2011 at 17:40

thank you SO MUCH for posting this video. Watching this was a huge help to get the technique down, and I was able to do double-unders finally for the first time today!


5 corey 13 April 2011 at 19:07

was of good use to me


6 Dave, RN 6 September 2011 at 12:46

I think my problem with the doubles is that I’m 6 feet tall. Physics works against us tall people. That rope has to go further, faster.


7 keith 17 September 2011 at 10:16

Did you ever get DUs down?


8 lei 17 October 2011 at 20:19

Thanks for posting.. I have been in crossfit for 5 months and I just can’t seem to get it.. I will definitely practice your techniques .. thanks


9 Jen 23 October 2011 at 12:50

Great post. I need to conquer the double unders for a CrossFit comp in January. Love the explanation in this video.


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