My First Double Unders!

You guys, I finally did a double under last night! Then a few more, then we worked out, then I did more and made CF buddy Liz take video as proof!  

Don’t know what a double under is?  According to the Wikipedia, Double unders are when the participant jumps higher than usual while swinging the rope twice under his feet. It is possible to have the rope swing three times under the feet (triple under).

It’s something I have been struggling with since starting CrossFit.  I understood what I was supposed to do, but just couldn’t get my body to do it…until last night!  I have been practicing a lot more and I guess it helped because I finally did one as I was warming up before class yesterday.  Thank goodness the music was loud and no one was paying attention (the earlier class was busy working out), because I totally screeched like a nerd when it happened!  Check me out here:

Double Under Success! from Kimberly Hoban on Vimeo.

As for why my face is so red in the video…last night’s workout was rough.  It was a “Fight Gone Bad” style WOD, with 3 5-minute rounds with one minute rest between each round.  You had to move between 5 stations (sit-ups, hand-release push-ups, air squats, burpees to a 6″ target and toes-to-bar) and do one minute of work at each station.  I did the push-ups from my knees and chest-to-knees instead of toes-to-bar.  The score was our total completed reps from all rounds, and I ended up with 353!  Woof.  I did the real Fight Gone Bad WOD back in September and that was definitely harder, but this wasn’t easy by any means.

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After the workout, I refueled with a protein shake.  Since most of the time I CrossFit at night after work (but before dinner), I bring a Blender Bottle with protein powder to have after my workout.  My Blender Bottle was dirty yesterday, so I had to get creative and went with a mason jar.  I felt a little silly, but it did the job!

Can you do double unders? What workout move do you struggle with?  Tell me about it!

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