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.
Published on May 17, 2017
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.
Let’s begin –
Published on April 19, 2017
"What are the best jump rope shoes?"
Hmm. We must have received this question at least a hundred times over the past few months both within our community and our support channels.
So we’ve finally taken it upon ourselves to put together the ultimate guide to helping you choose the best jump rope shoes for your jump rope journey.
In this guide, we explain why you need good shoes for jumping, how to pick the right ones, whether it's OK to go barefoot, and we cover some of our favorite choices.
Let's take a look -
Published on March 22, 2017
What does your warmup look like?
Better question – are you even doing a warmup? Truth is, a good warm up – and in our case a good jump rope warmup routine - is essential if you not only want to minimize chances of injury, but get the most out of your workout.
The jump rope has always been a great warmup tool.
It gets the heart rate up, the blood flowing, and sweat dripping. But, with the use of heavy jump ropes, you now have a lot of options in regards to how you put together your warmup.
In this post we're going to cover two different warmups: a beginner jump rope warmup routine that anyone can do and an advanced jump rope warmup routine for athletes who need a little extra prep work before diving into dynamic, high-intensity training sessions.
Let’s take a look at both -
Published on February 15, 2017
Need help convincing your friends to jump rope with you?
I do enjoy training on my own – you’ll often find me in a corner of the gym or in a random park going all out with my jump rope sessions and my tunes.
But there are times when it’s just more fun to jump with others.
In my experience, people are often hesitant to jump with me because of a few reasons.
They either think that jumping rope is too old school and not very challenging, or they think they’re not coordinated enough to do it, or they’re not sure if it’s worth the effort, or they just have no clue how to get started.
In this post, I’ll break through all of those thoughts and give you the ammunition you need to get your friends and family jumping rope with you.
Published on July 20, 2016
Meet Claude: A 55 year-old French Canadian polymath, fitness fanatic, Krav Maga expert, former competitive track cyclist and jump rope enthusiast.
Claude is also a veteran “Crossroper” - he was one of our very first customers back when our system looked like a pair of nun-chucks. Seriously.
He hails from Montreal, where he was “born, bred and buttered.” With over 15 years of military service under his belt, he’s travelled the world on NATO peacekeeping missions.
We've invited Claude to join us in this week's customer spotlight so he can share his experience with fitness, jump rope training, Crossropes, and everything in between.
Read on to see how Claude manages to stay fit on the road, how he fits workouts into his busy schedule, and how his approach to fitness has changed now that he’s in his 50s.
Published on June 8, 2016
Anyone who has ever completed a Tough Mudder event or a Spartan Race can attest to the fact that the term ‘mud run’ can be one of the biggest understatements in history.
I would know. Over the past few years, I've completed a number of Tough Mudders and Spartan races across North America. I've climbed steep hills in Toronto, ran under the scorching sun in Michigan, and ran long courses in Ottawa (among others).
Mud runs - for many - have become the pinnacle of physical challenges. They're a grueling feat, both physically and mentally. And they're becoming more and more competitive.
No matter whether you're racing for time (Spartan), competing for the best (World's Toughest Mudder), or just running with friends for fun, it's good to be prepared.
While there are many ways to prepare for a challenge of this nature, in this post I want to quickly show you why the jump rope can be a huge asset in your training arsenal.Continue Reading
Published on April 6, 2016
Note from Crossrope: we're excited to publish our very first guest post on our blog. Eric Bach is an ex-athlete turned strength and performance coach who helps clients improve their strength and athletic performance at Bach Performance. His recent eBook, The Power Primer 2.0, will teach you how to bridge the gap between athletics and aesthetics (using simple tools like the jump rope) to build a shredded, powerful looking body.
Take it away Eric...
When most people think about training for athleticism, they picture heavy lifting, throwing, and sprinting.
Often lost in the fog is jumping. Or more specifically, jumping rope.
After all, some of the best athletes of past (Walter Payton) and present (Floyd Mayweather) had the jump rope as a mainstay in their training.
It’s time to take a page from the book of the greats and put the jump-rope where it belongs: back in your high performance training plan.Continue Reading
Published on February 3, 2016
There's no doubt that the versatility of the jump rope has become more and more apparent over the past few years, especially with the introduction of heavy ropes and thin wire cables.
But it's important not to forget about the origins of jump rope training and what it was once primarily used for - building impeccable endurance.
Back in the day, the jump rope was nothing more than a conditioning tool. You would see athletes (boxers in particular) using it to build endurance, stamina, and conditioning that was vital for competition.
So today we want to take you back. In this post, we’re going to give you 5 jump rope workouts you can use to build endurance like an athlete. Let's take a look...