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Derrick Wilcox: A Story of Jump Ropes, Weight Loss, and Family

Published on March 30, 2018

“I have 2 kids and I coach baseball & basketball. How can I expect the kids to perform or be healthy if I don’t do those things myself? I had to get active and fit to show my kids what healthy living looks like.”

Derrick is a 34-year-old father of two. After graduating from college, fitness took a backseat and he gained nearly 50 pounds.

“I didn’t gain the weight overnight. It was a very slow transition. I was working 60 hours a week out of college, and eating fast food just so I could eat.”

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Jump Rope Weight Loss Story: How Sherri Kent Lost 40 Lbs in 8 Weeks

Published on March 2, 2018

At 53 years old, Sherri Kent had suddenly found herself overweight.

Even though health had always been a priority for her (she happens to work in health care), life just kind of got in the way.

Then one day she realized it was time for a change.

We were taking  a group picture at work and I was appalled by the picture. When I saw that, I was like ‘wow what have I done to myself. I just knew I needed to start moving.”

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Dean Massa: Overcoming Pain with Jump Rope Training

Published on January 26, 2018

"For the last 8 years, the limping, dealing with the fact that my left foot was so damaged in the accident that I only had about 60% flexibility in it. I simply came to terms and accepted it. Adapted to it."

In 2006, Dean Massa, a 45-year old father of two, was struck by a car while jogging on his way to work. The accident left him with two broken legs and bilateral ankle fractures.

He was bound to a wheelchair for 6 months. 

Looking back, it doesn’t seem like he would be the most likely person to become a jump rope enthusiast. But that's what makes his story so inspiring.

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The Most Inspiring Jump Rope Stories of 2017

Published on December 22, 2017

2017 has been a fun and eventful year all around.

Inside our special jump rope fitness community, we've seen some incredible transformations, fitness achievements, and success stories come to life.

We've seen our customers do amazing things with their jump ropes.

And we want to use this opportunity to share some of our favorite jump rope stories in the hopes that they will inspire you to kick start next year's goals and resolutions early.

Let's take a look at the best jump rope stories from 2017. 

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Hesham’s Story: How Replacing Strength Training with Jump Rope Training Changed his Life

Published on December 08, 2017

“During my fourth semester, I was under a lot of stress. My blood pressure was high and I had a heart arrhythmia. At that time, I wasn’t training.”

Hesham Al-ansi is a 29-year-old mechanical engineering student from Yemen, currently living in Germany.

Hesham never thought he would have a heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, or any kind of medical condition. He was an avid weightlifter for nearly a decade.

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Val Lee: Overcoming an Obsession for the Scale with a Jump Rope

Published on November 24, 2017

“Save for my 3 kids, chocolate and sweets are the love of my life. The problem is that I was so obsessed with the numbers on the scale.”

Valerie ‘Val’ Lee is a 43-year-old stay at home mom of 3 living in the Maldives.

When she was younger, she used sports and exercise as a way to decompress. She ran, swam, and cycled regularly. But, as life got busier, exercise started to become less of a priority.

This is her story.

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Chad Gonzales: Beating Cardio Boredom with Weighted Jump Ropes

Published on November 10, 2017

“After I got my first desk job 2 years ago, I started noticing that my clothes were fitting a little tighter. Getting older didn’t help and my metabolism began to slow down.”

Chad Gonzales, a 29-year-old father of one (soon to be two), used to get his daily dose of activity through his work. He did a lot of manual labor as a warehouse worker.

But when a change in his career put him behind a desk from 9 to 5, he quickly started to notice his body changing.

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Marija Jankovic: A Story of Motherhood and Motivation

Published on October 14, 2017

For Marija Jankovic, motivation was never in short supply.

Fitness was always a part of her lifestyle, but when she was blessed with children, it took a toll on her body and her motivation.

Marija is a 39-year-old mother of 3 young children.

She is an IT researcher and a University teaching assistant and she recently moved to Greece with her family. She enjoys what all of us aim to reach – a healthy work-life balance.

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

Published on July 14, 2017

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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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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