I am incompetent with a jump rope

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 8:34 AM GMT
    It's a fact: I'm a clumsy oaf. I've been doing the 20 minute jump rope workout for about two weeks now, mainly because there's too much snow on the ground to run, and I already get stared at enough in this godforsaken country, so jump rope=good. Or so I thought.

    Anyone else had this experience of woeful and shameful incompetence at jump roping, a skill I was a master of when I was 7? And how long did it take before you actually improved, and could go for more than a minute without fucking up (that's where I'm at now).
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 2:44 PM GMT
    I was doing some of the jump rope exercises in the Strong & Lean workouts here, and it was tough. 20 mins! I couldn't get close to that.

    Yes, jump roping is hard. Look at all the boxers doing it and being very coordinated. Don't be so hard on yourself, but keep working at it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    Uh don't feel too bad! There is no way in HELL I could ever jump rope. It's all I can to just stay on the treadmill. Coordination is not my middle not, so I stick to moving weight ;)

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidIt's a fact: I'm a clumsy oaf. I've been doing the 20 minute jump rope workout for about two weeks now, mainly because there's too much snow on the ground to run, and I already get stared at enough in this godforsaken country, so jump rope=good. Or so I thought.

    Anyone else had this experience of woeful and shameful incompetence at jump roping, a skill I was a master of when I was 7? And how long did it take before you actually improved, and could go for more than a minute without fucking up (that's where I'm at now).

    Yes, jumping rope is a skill that hasnt caught my interest long enough to master.

    "I already get stared at enough in this godforsaken country" ... please elaborate: "get stared at enough" and "this godforsaken country"

    Is the novelty of peace work wearing off?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    i tried it at the gym. i thought to myself.... no big deal i did it when i was a kid, it was easy. Not so much now. i couldn't do it. i'll have to give it another go when a bunch of people aren't around.
  • MSUBioNerd

    Posts: 1813

    Jan 10, 2009 4:08 PM GMT
    Yeah, I remember when the 20 minute jump rope routine first came up on the home page. I figured "Hey, that sounds like a lot more fun than a treadmill, I'll try that." 5 minutes later I was done. I too used to jump rope for very long stretches as a kid and now feel completely incompetent at it. I think it's partially because I'm much taller now and naturally jump higher--it gives you a lot less time after landing before you have to jump again.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    I think we need to see a Youtube of this, Chewey icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    I too, dug out the jumprope from the back of the closet this winter. One problem is that the ceiling in my gym / laundry / library is barely high enough for that. Some of the moves shown in the video result in smacking plaster down from the ceiling.

    But allow me to offer this alternative idea: (adapted from some other workout published somewhere a few years ago.) Instead of 20 minutes solid jumping rope, I use it as filler in a sort of circuit-training routine that I do sometimes in the winter. It's more about cardio than strength training. Jump rope for two or three minute shots in between low weight, high rep sets with the free weights. It keeps your heart rate up and the sweat flowing. I used to use a climber machine for this, but it eventually wore out.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    Caslon8000 said
    Yes, jumping rope is a skill that hasnt caught my interest long enough to master.

    "I already get stared at enough in this godforsaken country" ... please elaborate: "get stared at enough" and "this godforsaken country"

    Is the novelty of peace work wearing off?


    Believe you me, Caslon, this type of work wore off long ago, when I realized that what this country really needs is for its government and people to stop being so utterly and completely corrupt, and for the border with Turkey to open up so that the country can have some sort of more efficient means of getting products, two things that I can do absolutely nothing to help with. I also am really jaded towards what I perceive as an absolute lack of a genuine culture in the face of bullheaded insistence that Armenian culture is so pure, when in reality their music comes from Turkey, their clothes come from Turkey, their television comes from Russia and America, and most elements of deep culture were swept away by the Soviet Union.

    As for getting stared at, you know when your mom told you not to stare as a little kid? Nobody's mom here told them that. Because I have white skin and don't look Russian, nobody thinks twice before staring at me as I'm walking by. No one even thinks twice before blatantly turning around for a half a minute when I'm walking behind them to stare at me, and then having all their friends do the same. I thought I liked attention, but that has quickly worn off.

    TigerTim
    I think we need to see a Youtube of this, Chewey


    I never embarrass myself in public.*

    *This statement is in no way designed to resemble the truth.
  • jc_online

    Posts: 487

    Jan 10, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    Yeah, I'm with you. I tried for about a week this summer to master it. But then I realized that I didn't need the rope. I can "jump rope" without the rope and not risk tripping myself and falling on my ass. I do about 10 minutes 3 times a week. It awesome fitness! I do one minute then rest for 30 secs; then another minute, then rest; then 2 minutes, then rest. Thet's how I built myself up.

    Good luck!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    Well damn JC, if that's how you built yourself up I'm certainly going to keep at this jump rope business, because you're lookin' good for sure.

    To MSU,

    So, you think that perhaps I might be jumping to high? I actually thought I wasn't jumping high enough, so started jumping higher but without much positive result. Perhaps I should go back to small jumps.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidIt's a fact: I'm a clumsy oaf. I've been doing the 20 minute jump rope workout for about two weeks now, mainly because there's too much snow on the ground to run, and I already get stared at enough in this godforsaken country, so jump rope=good. Or so I thought.

    Anyone else had this experience of woeful and shameful incompetence at jump roping, a skill I was a master of when I was 7? And how long did it take before you actually improved, and could go for more than a minute without fucking up (that's where I'm at now).


    Surprise, Surprise you don't need the rope to get the effects of the exercise.
    Just pretend you are jumping rope.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 8:55 PM GMT
    I fucking hate jump rope. Damn thing's always out to either strangle or trip me.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2009 9:04 PM GMT
    I love jump rope. A while back I hated it and wasn't really good at it, but my trainer kept me doing it and eventually I started to enjoy it. I like to listen to music and jump, I can jump like a boxer; changing how you jump makes it more fun, back and forth, side to side, one foot, twisting your midsection. Speed jumpropes work best for me.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    WOW so many people hate the rope.. lordy me oh my, I love the damned thing especially doing all the fun advanced moves icon_biggrin.gif

    all come here, I'll teach you all how its done
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    Just curious.. why do you guys jump rope?

    I've always thought it was more of a conditioning exercise for fighters to keep them light on their feet. Are you guys doing this for cardio?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 12:34 AM GMT
    Vary the length of the rope and vary the degree of knee bend to find the best swing to bounce ratio. You're probably not that clumsy after all.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidUh don't feel too bad! There is no way in HELL I could ever jump rope. It's all I can to just stay on the treadmill. Coordination is not my middle not, so I stick to moving weight ;)



    SO your are Human!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 6:55 AM GMT
    xrichx saidJust curious.. why do you guys jump rope?

    I've always thought it was more of a conditioning exercise for fighters to keep them light on their feet. Are you guys doing this for cardio?


    Beyond my own aforementioned reasons (winter and tiring of attention), jump rope actually keeps my heart rate up more consistently than jogging and, though I do love to run, is more fun, regardless of my level of fuck-uppery.

    Mickey,

    You know, I did try varying the length of the rope quite a number of times, but that didn't seem to help. After thinking about it some more, I'm starting to think that perhaps my swing is simply not consistent enough and so I'm not getting the right rhythm. But I'll incorporate your advice about the knee bending variation as well.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 7:15 AM GMT
    Ooo, uh, here's another thing: attempt to confine the twirling between elbows and wrists. You may be engaging shoulders (shrugging), or lifting your elbows away from your sides (flapping).
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 7:18 AM GMT
    And this topic screams for a video.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 11, 2009 7:23 AM GMT
    Sorry but when I read your post at first I just ROLMFAO!

    .....but then, them my brother in law, who IS a fireman and DOES jump to keep light on his feet told me that a few years back he was jumping and then had a bad need to pee. It happened each time he jumped rope until one time he was jumping again had to pee and this time peed blood.

    Physician told him that he had a problem with not only his bladder but prostate. They were agressive in finding out why and when they did super aggressive in treatment. While it was not prostate cancer he did have a malignant tumor. It was a bonafide scare for him too. Im sure you probably don't have that problem but I would say that to you physician the next time you do see him.

    I jump rope as I don't like to run. Many times I do a lot jumping along side the rope as it keeps timing for me so its not really that you do jump but that you keep the timing. Its a definate keeper for my doing cardio. good luck.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 12, 2009 9:02 AM GMT
    I can imagine what happened ROFL.

    Chewey_Deltwhen I realized that what this country really needs is for its government and people to stop being so utterly and completely corrupt, and for the border with Turkey to open up so that the country can have some sort of more efficient means of getting products, two things that I can do absolutely nothing to help with. I also am really jaded towards what I perceive as an absolute lack of a genuine culture in the face of bullheaded insistence that Armenian culture is so pure, when in reality their music comes from Turkey, their clothes come from Turkey, their television comes from Russia and America, and most elements of deep culture were swept away by the Soviet Union.


    The same can be said here.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 11, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    Resurrecting this old thread.

    So, I've been doing jump rope several times a week for the last month and a half, and I am happy to report that I am no longer an absolute boob. Mickey, I took your advice and focused on what my arms and elbows were doing, and when I made sure to hold my elbows steady things got a lot better. I was able to more effectively control my swinging rhythm, and I can now go about five or six minutes without fucking it up (I'm counting that as a success). To tell the truth, it's no longer really a problem of rhythm or form as much as it is general fitness level. As my stamina goes up, so does the amount of time I can jump without messing up.

    Woo! Now slightly less--though still incredibly--incompetent!
  • Webster666

    Posts: 9217

    Mar 12, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    I think it has something to do with coordination.
    I never could learn how to jump rope.
    Nevertheless, I would expect that there are "personal pleasures" which would burn as many calories as jumping rope.