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Crossrope Roundup: Our Best Jump Rope Posts From 2016 (Well, So Far)

Published on July 1, 2016

It's hard to believe that it's already July! Time flies when you're having fun 🙂

A lot of new and exciting things have been happening at Crossrope headquarters this year - from the start of our new blog to the development of our new Jump Rope Community to the launch of our new-and-improved Crossrope Training App.

And we know it can be easy to miss things when time flies. So we wanted to do a little recap - a quick roundup of some of our favorite and most popular content pieces from 2016.

Whether you’re new to jumping rope, a seasoned pro, obsessed with double unders, or just looking to shed a few extra pounds for the summer, there’s something in here for everyone.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best jump rope training content from Crossrope.

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Trainer’s Corner: Differentiate Yourself With (Weighted) Jump Ropes

Published on June 22, 2016

Are you a personal trainer or fitness coach?

Then you've probably seen how the fitness landscape has been shifting over the past few decades. It's becoming ever more important (and difficult) to differentiate yourself. 

In fact, according to the US Labor Department, the number of personal training jobs has grown an astounding 44% from 2001 to 2011. And more and more training programs are becoming available to meet the ever-growing demand for good fitness advice.

If you want to be successful, you have to stand out from the crowd. You have to be different. You have to be exceptional or you can easily get ignored. 

In today's post, we'll show you one simple way you can differentiate yourself by adding a unique training tool to your arsenal - the weighted jump rope.

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How to Use a Jump Rope to Prepare for Your Mud Run (Tips from a Marketer)

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.

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Why the Jump Rope Will Get You a Six-Pack Before Crunches

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…

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How to Get Over Jump Rope Intimidation: Tips From a Beginner

Published on May 11, 2016

I’m not coordinated enough. I'm going to embarrass myself. I haven't done this since I was a kid. Do I even have time to learn a new skill?

Is it really worth it?​

Ever since I got my first set of ropes a few months ago, I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve been in the gym talking about Crossrope and heard the comments above.

Admittedly, this is exactly what I said before I hopped aboard the Crossrope train. Even though my brother owns the company, I was pretty set in my non-rope workout routine.

I often joked that I’d face plant, get tangled in the ropes or trip, and that my performance would actually discourage people from purchasing Crossrope.

Sadly, I was only half-kidding.

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Why Do I Keep Tripping? 4 Rookie Mistakes Jump Rope Beginners Make (And How to Fix Them)

Published on April 13, 2016

​I know why you're struggling...

You've see 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.

I 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 I need you to read this post. Seriously. As tempting as it is to just throw in the towel and hang up your ropes, I 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 Use Jump Ropes for Power and Performance Training

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.

What gives?

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.

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5 Jump Rope Workouts to Build Endurance Like an Athlete

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...

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9 Minute Jump Rope Workout Template to Burn Serious Fat

Published on January 20, 2016

In our last blog post, we gave you 5 jump rope workouts to get your new year started right. Big thanks to those who shared your results! Really impressive stuff.

Now these workouts are evergreen, meaning they can be done any time a good fat-burning workout is needed. They are specific and can be incorporated (or built around) any existing workout or training program.

But what if you want to customize your workout? What if you want to build your own fat-burning workout?

That’s what this blog post is all about. We’ve put together a simple workout template that you can use to build your own fat-burning jump rope/bodyweight workout in 9 minutes. Continue Reading

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5 Jump Rope Workouts to Get Your New Year Started Right

Published on January 6, 2016

In our last blog post (in 2015), we discussed the difficulties of setting New Year’s resolutions (and some simple tactics on how you can increase your chances of success).

With our first post of 2016, we want to get more specific. We want to help you take action so you can start seeing results sooner rather than later.

In this post, we’re going to give you 5 jump rope workouts you can start doing right now to get your New Year started off right. Let’s take a look… Continue Reading