If you’ve been reading my blog and if you follow my Facebook page, you are probably familiar with my workout philosophy. I.e. probably you are aware that I stick to short, intense workouts and that too much hanging around in the gym isn’t my passion. After all, we have just 24 hours a day and we have plenty of stuff to do. Why would we waste time, when we can do things in a smarter way, for shorter periods of time, and meanwhile achieve the results we aim for with ease?
Every now and then, I share with you my favorite ways to finish a weight lifting workout. And as you know they have nothing to do with 30 minutes cardio on the treadmill!
After burpees and swings, one of my favorite exercises is jumping on the rope. We’ve been in love with each other ;), since the time I played basketball. Believe it or not, back in the days I was pretty crazy and after each workout I stayed in the gym and did about 10 000-15 000 jumps on rope. And, no! I haven’t mistaken the zeros! Exactly that number!
Nowadays I wouldn’t do it, because I know that it is pointless, but I still love jumping on the rope. And because the standard way of jumping couldn’t even challenge me anymore, during the last year I made the effort to master the double unders!
What are they?
Well, after each jump, you should flip the rope twice! At first, just the thought of doing double unders could seem absurd, but trust me if you take the time to train them, it turns out pretty good! Personally, it took me a lot of tripping over the rope, until I learned how to do them, but it was worth the time!
Double unders are a great way to finish your workout! Just like you do with burpees and swings, you could try a lot of variations of finishers- a given number of double unders for time; some kind of intervals ( for example do 50 double unders, then rest 30 seconds. Complete this 5 times) and so on.
Double unders could be exhausting, that’s why they could be a great finisher for your workout! Plus it won’t take much time!
Take the time to master the technique! And do not worry! You are not the only one, who looks unreasonable doing double unders! You will trip A LOT! Initially it will be a huge success if you manage to do just one double under, after tenths of tries!
Then, when you start doing more double unders, do not rush into doing them in a sequence. Instead, do one double under, then a couple singles, then double under again. Thus, slowly but surely you will learn to not stop after a double under!
Then you could move on, and start doing double unders in a sequence!
Here is a video from my workout yesterday! These are double unders! :
And a picture from yesterday with Nikolay, who is over 60 years old, but he never skips a day in the gym! He is a true example! Always there! Always moving!
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