I’m talking to a friend about visiting his CrossFit box and keeping him company for a workout. “Ok, but promise you won’t make fun of my kips and my double-unders!”, I ask.
“Ha. So you have a DUI, eh”, he grins.
“DUI = double-unders impairment”, he explains patiently.
Indeed. It’s been months, and my double-unders got worse, not better. 🙂 I am really good at whipping myself with a rope though.
So if you are struggling with the same issue, and cannot do double-unders, here’s a possible reason why:
your rope is too short
your rope is too long
your rope is too cheap
your rope is worn out and catches on the floor
your shoes have too much traction, so the rope catches on them
your shoelaces are too long
your pants are too baggy
you are not moving your wrists fast enough
you are not jumping high enough
your rhythm is off
J.P. Morgan once said that a man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. It is perhaps telling that J.P. Morgan was a banker (cue loud laughter). Morgan, as in Morgan Stanley – a global financial services firm. But the sentiment stands.
All reasons above are good reasons for why you (and I) can’t do double-unders.
But here’s the real reason I can’t do double-unders…
I haven’t done enough double-unders.
A client, who is an Olympic lifting coach, learned during one of her certifications that it takes 5,000 snatches to actually get a decent snatch. To feel that movement. To develop muscle memory.
Malcolm Gladwell actually says something similar in his “Outliers” – mastering a specific task takes 10,000 hours of practice. While I definitely hope it will take me less than that to get a hang of the basic movement itself, I’d better start jumping…
In other breaking news…
I CAN KIP. Not very well. Not for very long.
But I can fucking kip.
Few more months of this, and I will feel fully justified in making fun of the kipping pull-ups.