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Old 03-17-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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Anyone got any good drills/ teaching points for a beginner learning to skip?
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:23 PM   #2
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With me i found it was just practice. Start off 2 footed and its a pretty natural progression. I honestly think within reason once youve got the timing down you can do any fancy tricks in between. Im assuming your talking about teaching others when you open your new gym ??

I think the best thing in our gym is that people are encouraged to try but its understandable as a beginner its quite daunting to skip and keep tripping up when everyone around you is doing fancy tricks. Alot of the beginners in our place just jog on the spot, but if they don't try they'll never learn.

Personally i bought a rope and got good before i started boxing lol
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:35 PM   #3
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Practice, took me a while to get the one legged stuff down, I was doing this weird thing with my leg on each hop. I asked a guy who was doin all the tricks to slow it down a little and watched him. Then just took a little time to get my legs used to it. My friend an I agreed it just clicks though with a little perseverence.
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:39 PM   #4
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just concerntrate on timing, then work towards building speed
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:32 PM   #5
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With me i found it was just practice. Start off 2 footed and its a pretty natural progression. I honestly think within reason once youve got the timing down you can do any fancy tricks in between. Im assuming your talking about teaching others when you open your new gym ??

I think the best thing in our gym is that people are encouraged to try but its understandable as a beginner its quite daunting to skip and keep tripping up when everyone around you is doing fancy tricks. Alot of the beginners in our place just jog on the spot, but if they don't try they'll never learn.

Personally i bought a rope and got good before i started boxing lol
Yes mate... Its hard teaching people.... just persistance i presuime.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:34 PM   #6
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Skipping

I found out that it helps if you tell them not to jump over the rope when it swings by, but to swing the rope underneath them when they jump.
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i remember when i started i just did the 2 footed, once i got the hang of that i started doing 1 foot at a time, then slowly i learnt to sprint and doubles etc
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:39 PM   #8
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1. keep the hands close to the body & low near the pelvis. (this gives a longer rope & more slack under the feet)
2. GO SLOW! a lot of people dont realise that you can actually swing the rope slowly. most just try really fast for 3 skips and then trip up
3. try running on the spot. use a slow rope and take two steps for each cycle of the rope.
4. its great fun and great cardio. its worth getting right. once mastered, its one of the best parts of your workout.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:45 PM   #9
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I'm learning now, two weeks ago i was jumping two footed then last week one foot at time. Same with this week I'm just going to keep practicing it, I already feel good that in two weeks I've seen noticable progress, plus making it seem easy looks really cool to me.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:29 AM   #10
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Anyone got any good drills/ teaching points for a beginner learning to skip?
equipment
-- rope should reach somewhere between your arm pit and nipple.
-- the lower the faster and more precise your skips

train time
-- 20 minutes minumum per day (as your knees/calves allow)

body positioning
-- posture should be relaxed
-- spin rope at handles and elbows NOT your wrists
-- try to switch it up to stay quick footed and mentally sharp

the work
-- warm up mentally visualizing skipping no rope
-- both feet together
-- progress to a 2 count on each foot
-- progress to a 1 count on each foot

Mentally you don't want to JUMP the rope. The rope is nothing more than a timing device. If you are doing it right the sound of the rope matters more than seeing the rope. It should look like there is no rope.

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Old 03-18-2010, 12:49 AM   #11
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Have them practice it for 20-30 minutes straight when they do it. Too many people give up early in the session before they can get their rhythm. Personally, I still can't do crossovers. I also have a real hard time skipping two-footed...feels more natural to rock back on one foot and alternate. I love skipping rope though, just takes time to get good enough at it to make it worth doing haha.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:52 AM   #12
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Have them practice it for 20-30 minutes straight when they do it. Too many people give up early in the session before they can get their rhythm. Personally, I still can't do crossovers. I also have a real hard time skipping two-footed...feels more natural to rock back on one foot and alternate. I love skipping rope though, just takes time to get good enough at it to make it worth doing haha.
Too true.

I can get a few people staring, but double unders still kick my ass.
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Have them practice it for 20-30 minutes straight when they do it. Too many people give up early in the session before they can get their rhythm. Personally, I still can't do crossovers. I also have a real hard time skipping two-footed...feels more natural to rock back on one foot and alternate. I love skipping rope though, just takes time to get good enough at it to make it worth doing haha.
Haha...I remember when I just got started I'd do 10 in a row, trip and then toss the rope across the room in frustration.

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Old 03-18-2010, 04:19 AM   #14
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it honestly doesnt take long i dont think. Probably from starting from scratch a week later i could do alternative foot and then by a month or so i was doing cross overs and all sorts of **** to show off lol, if i can do it anyone can
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:33 AM   #15
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There's a great video of Buddy Lee teaching the basics on the Crossfit website Jeff - can't put my hand on the exact link at the moment though.

What I find for people struggling is just to aim for 1 jump, reset, 1 jump, reset. Once they have this, make it 2 jumps, reset, 2 jumps reset... then 3 jumps, reset, 3 jumps, reset... That is the best way that I have found. If you stand near them and just call the jumps for them, it will help them no end... just stand there and say "jump... jump... jump" when the time is right and they will have it down in no time.

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