Published on June 2, 2017
When you first meet Vincent Clark, “jump rope fanatic” might not be the first words that come to mind.
“People are always asking me how I train. I enjoy heavy weightlifting, but that’s what they expect of someone my size. People always seem surprised when I say I jump rope. I guess I don’t fit that typical profile.”
But that’s one of the things Vincent loves most about jumping. At 5’11, 305 pounds, Vincent’s large, muscular physique is more reminiscent of a body builder than a boxer. On a typical day, he can deadlift 600 pounds and squat 465 pounds.
“I want to change peoples’ perspective of what it is to be a jump roper. I want them to see me and think ‘if he can do it, why can’t I?”
Published on April 7, 2017
“Daddy, you’ve got a big belly!”
Those were the words of Matt Garner’s five year-old daughter, Layla, smiling and pointing. [Insert adorable British accent]
As a former semi-pro football (soccer) player for a local Manchester, UK team (Clitheroe), Matt had always been athletic. Needless to say, his daughter’s teasing words were a bit of a shock to his system.
“I played football on a semi-professional level from the age of 15 to the age of 27, so it’s definitely been a big part of my life.”
Matt was born and raised in small town called Clitheroe. He describes it as being the ‘type of town where everyone knows everyone, and also knows everything about you.’
At 36, Matt is a devoted father and family man, with quite an inspiring journey that all of us can relate to on some level.
Published on March 24, 2017
When most of us are still fast asleep, Valerie Grace is already 500 jumps deep into her morning workout routine.
“I rise at 4 am every morning, and I’m in the gym at 5 am. It’s just how I’ve always been!”
Valerie is 50 years old, but you would never know it by looking at her (or speaking with her). Her youthful vibrance is contagious, and you can tell that she is a spitfire through and through.
We realized very quickly, as you surely will, that Valerie’s story is one of courage, determination, and achievement. And it’s definitely worth the read.
Published on March 10, 2017
According to Jay Silver, there is absolutely nothing interesting about him: no strange tales of far-off lands, no odd hobbies or tricks up his sleeve.
“I asked my family for cool stories about me, and they came up empty-handed. Apparently, I’m not very exciting!” he laughed.
And while Jay may not have any wild tales to share, he is a humble man, a loving husband, a proud father, and and all-around good guy. He is also quickly developing a reputation for a serious jump rope addiction (but we’ll get to that later).
His inspiring story is a must-read for anyone who can’t stand any other form of cardio.
Published on February 24, 2017
What do Snow White and Brandy Friend have in common?
If you ask Brandy, she’d probably tell you her “seven little ones.”
Hint – not cartoon dwarves 🙂
Brandy Friend, as her name implies, is truly everyone’s friend: a self-professed “lover of laughter” and proud stay-at-home mom. She lights up the room with her positive energy, contagious enthusiasm, and warm & loving nature.
And she has an amazing weight loss story to share.
Let’s dig in – Continue Reading
Re-published on February 10, 2017
As part of our new customer story blog segment, we want to highlight some of the amazing results our customers are getting with the Crossrope system.
Today, we're really excited to share Tim's story. Tim reached out to us to let us know about the incredible weight loss transformation he has experienced using our jump rope system.
We were inspired by Tim's story - a journey full of ups and downs.
He had a successful career with the US Air Force, but an addiction quickly derailed him from his normal routine. After making some big changes in his life, Tim was able to turn things around and lose over 50 lbs in the process.
We wanted to share Tim's story because it can be a source of inspiration to those struggling to get back into a routine, lose weight or overcome a major life hurdle.
Updated on February 23, 2018
The jump rope has long been considered nothing but a simple conditioning tool.
But a lot has changed over the past few decades. The jump rope is no longer a tool used only by athletes to boost endurance before a big event. It is no longer just a conditioning tool.
With the introduction of new training methods and durable materials, the jump rope has become an extremely versatile training tool – one that can help anyone - of any fitness level - achieve a wide variety of fitness goals, including weight loss.
Today's focus is specifically on jump rope fat loss. I want to show you why the jump rope is the perfect tool for your weight loss journey and give you some tips on getting started quickly.
If you have a few extra pounds to burn, this one is for you. Let's dig in.
Published on November 23, 2016.
“I don’t want you to take me to school today, daddy.”
These were the words of Ricardo Estrella’s 7 year-old daughter on the morning of February 4, 2014 – a date that will forever be ingrained in his memory.
Her classmates had been ridiculing her about his weight, and it finally reached a point where she was too embarrassed to have him take her to school.
Ricardo was heartbroken. “How did I let it get to this point?” He loved his daughter more than anything in the world, and hated to think that she was being negatively affected by his weight.
Updated on September 14, 2016
It’s Dan and Brandon from Zen Dude Fitness back again to help you burn some serious calories with the jump rope.
We know you're always looking for some great fat-burning workouts so we've put together one badass HIIT workout to help you burn off those stubborn pounds.
Let's jump right to it.Continue Reading
Published on May 23, 2016
Looking to get a six-pack this summer? No we’re not talking about that six-pack of Moosehead, although that does come in handy on a hot sunny day.
We're talking about your abs - or, well, lack thereof.
The good news is that you can put the ab roller away and stop doing a thousand crunches every day, which we know (hope) you're not doing anyway.
“Ain’t nobody got time for that!” (as Sweet Brown says).
If you are doing crunches every day, here's why you should stop...
Crunches and sit-ups can do some serious damage to your spine (read here). They also flat out don't work. For those of you who still believe that crunches are the way achieve washboard abs, I’m here to set the record straight.
The absolute best and most efficient type of exercise you can do for that dream six-pack is…Continue Reading