Dave Hunt

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Dave is the creator of the Crossrope system and a leading expert in jump rope and heavy rope training. Dave has instructed thousands of athletes across the country in jump rope and double under specific training and has contributed jump rope training articles for Muscle & Fitness, Active.com, and more. Dave has a passion for jumping and is a trusted authority for helping people achieve their fitness goals.

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Common Jump Rope Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

Updated on July 20, 2018

We know why you're struggling...

You've seen what the jump rope can do. You know that it can help you burn fat, build endurance, and replace those long, nasty runs on pavement.

But you just can't seem to do it.

Every time you start, the rope ends up tripping up on your toes or whipping you across the shins. Then you try again. Same result. Lather, rinse, repeat.

We know the feeling. We've all been there at one point.

But while you may think you have no rhythm or coordination, it is very likely that you're making some of the most common mistakes we see every single day.

If you are a beginner or you're just having a difficult time getting started with your jump rope training, then you need to read this post. Seriously. As tempting as it is to just throw in the towel and hang up your ropes, we know you're not a quitter.

If you're ready to finally break through the barrier, let's dig into the four common jump rope mistakes beginners make.​

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How to Avoid Injury and Shin Splints When Jumping Rope

Updated on August 3, 2018

Injuries are never fun to deal with.

You put in the hard work, you start making progress toward your fitness goals, and you begin noticing improvements in your strength and endurance.

Then, often out of nowhere, an injury strikes.

You get a sharp, shooting pain in your ankle. Or your shins start hurting while jumping. Or there’s just general pain that holds you back.

And all that hard work and progress you’ve made begins to feel futile.

Most of us have sustained at least one injury along the way to our fitness goals. At times, it seems as if it's just part of the process. But there are things you can do to avoid injuries and particularly shin splints when jumping rope.

In this post, we want to share some tips that can help you avoid injuries and stay (relatively) healthy while pursuing your fitness goals.

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How to do Double Unders: From Zero to 639 Double Unders in a Row

Updated on March 9, 2018

Welcome to the ultimate double under training guide where we’re going to teach you how to do double unders like a pro, regardless of your starting point.

The double under is one of the most challenging jump rope exercises on the planet, but it's also one of the most effective, which is what makes it worth the time and effort to learn.

When we first started developing the Crossrope system, the goal was for our founder, Dave, to get 100 double unders in a row. It took a long time to get to even 80 consistently, but hitting that 100 mark was proving to be quite the challenge.

So he created a simple game-plan. Instead of just practicing double unders randomly (which most people do), he created a strategic double under program.

Within two months, he was crushing 200 double unders consistently. He's used the same tips and techniques we're sharing with you in this article to build up to 639 double unders in a row (video included).

And now we want to give you the same tips and strategic approach to learning how to do double unders so you too can improve very quickly.

Let's get started.

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Jump Rope Benefits: The Unique Value of Jump Rope Training

Updated on February 9, 2018

The popularity of jump rope training has exploded over the past few years, but many gym-goers are still unaware of the jump rope benefits that come with this style of training.

The jump rope is one of the oldest training tools.

It’s great for all fitness and ability levels. It fits in with all training goals – whether it be fat loss, endurance, strength, or performance. And it gets the job done. Always. Anywhere.

In this comprehensive post we’re going to dissect the benefits of jumping rope and show you why we (and many others) believe that the jump rope should be part of every training routine.

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How Often Should You Jump Rope Each Week? Answered.

Re-published on August 16, 2017

Do you know how often you should be jumping rope each week?

If you’re like many of the jumpers we speak to on a daily basis, it’s a question that comes up often. But it's one of great importance because how often you jump not only has an impact on your results, but it plays a key factor when it comes to injury prevention.

There’s been a lot of debate in terms of how long a jump rope session should be.

Some say it’s OK to jump every single day. Others claim it’s only good to be using the rope once or twice a week. But the real answer depends on your answers to some important questions.

In this post, I share some important questions you should ask yourself to determine how much you should be jumping rope each week to achieve your personal goals.

Let's dig in...

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Janet Black: What It Takes to be a Top CrossFit Athlete

When it comes to CrossFit athlete Janet Black, the word “fit” just doesn’t cut it.

As a three-time CrossFit Games athlete, Janet won first place in the Masters Division in 2015 and placed 3rd in 2016.

“My goal in 2015 was to get to the podium. It was hard for me to believe that I was in first place on the first day, and I knew there was a lot of work to do. The fact that I never fell out of first place during the entire weekend was a surreal moment, and certainly not anticipated!”

As a full-time teacher, mom and wife, Janet is accustomed to juggling many responsibilities. On top of this, she trains at least six days a week to maintain peak physical condition.

Balancing her training schedule can be tough, but the thrill of competition motivates her to stay focused.

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Jump Rope Partner Interval Workout from Crossrope

Published on July 12, 2017.

We know you've been craving another Crossrope jump rope partner workout!

That's why we're bringing you another simple, fun, and fast workout you can do with a friend or workout partner. And this workout only requires one rope.

If you think you can handle this max-effort jump rope workout routine, grab your rope, grab your partner, and let's get to work.

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Greg Banks: A Story of Ropes, Resilience and Positivity

Published on June 23, 2017

For Greg Banks, Monday, June 5 seemed just like any other day. He woke up, ate breakfast, went to work and then hit the gym for his usual workout.

Little did he know that the crucial moments following his workout would change his life forever.

“I suddenly felt really light-headed, and my chest was super tight. I knew something was very wrong.”

At 51, Greg was in incredible shape. He’d maintained an active lifestyle, and always made fitness a priority. Needless to say, post-workout dizziness was not the norm for him.

Minutes later, the room went dark. Greg collapsed on the floor and lay unresponsive.

He’d had a heart attack.

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65 Jump Rope Songs for a Better Jump Rope Workout

Updated on March 23, 2018

Need to get motivated for your next jump rope workout? Listen to up-beat jump rope songs.

Studies refer to music as a 'legal drug' because of its ability to "reduce the perception of effort significantly" and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.

That's pretty impressive.

So to get you started, we've compiled a list of 60 jump rope songs to help make your jump rope workouts a little more effective and a lot more fun.

Whether you're into classic rock or pop, EDM or hip hop, there's something on this list for everyone. Go ahead and check out our full jump rope workout songs playlist.

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