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You Must Have Rhythm!
When it comes to training with a jump rope, the most important part of the puzzle is learning to develop an internal rhythm.
Now you may be saying “Aaron! I have never had any sense of rhythm my whole life! I can’t even tap my foot along to a song on the radio!”
While that may be true, I truly believe that anyone can develop enough rhythm to skip rope.
As I have repeatedly said in the past, you must master these concepts as they apply to single unders before you begin to try to work up to double unders.
DRILL: Rhythm Slap Drill
This drill is easier to demonstrate than to describe in words, so please watch the video above or on YOUTUBE to get the best idea of the concept. No rope is required for most of this drill.
- Begin low bounding.
- When you are at the highest point of your bound, slap your hands against your thighs.
- Continue to do this while trying to internalize the rhythm of the slaps. This is the rhythm the rope is required to follow when making contact with the ground during single unders.
This is then translated into double unders by:
- Begin performing low bounds, but transition to consecutive power bounds.
- While in the air during the power bound, slap your hands against your thigh twice before landing on the ground.
- Continue to do this while trying to internalize the rhythm of the slaps. This is the rhythm the rope is required to follow when making contact with the ground during double unders.
You can also count the slaps out loud in order to further drive home the impact of this drill. When practicing the drill using single under, count each slap out loud as “ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE…” or “ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, ONE…” Which ever way feels most comfortable.
When you transition to practicing the double slaps, you can continue using this out loud counting: “ONE TWO, ONE TWO, ONE TWO, ONE TWO!”
If you feel like you are getting the hang of it, try to keep counting but remove the slaps. Instead put your hands out to your sides and mime two wrist flicks with each “ONE TWO” you count out during the power bound. This way you can continue to use the verbal cue once you add in the rope.
Let Us See Your Rhythm!
I would love to see any videos of everyone practicing the above drills. Share them in the comments or on Social Media and I will try to respond to as many as I can with any tips or recommendations I can, or just words of encouragement!
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