“Mastering Double Unders (For Everyone)” by Dani Horan

“Mastering Double Unders (For Everyone)” by Dani Horan

Dani Horan (in the video below) gave us a few quick tips on double unders that have helped her master the movement.  It’s important to master singles first, and you should probably invest in your own rope so you can adjust the length to your preference.  Don’t become discouraged if you’re struggling with doubles – just give some of these suggestions and cues a try and you’ll get there before you know it.

  1. Relaxed shoulders, quick wrists.  Minimize the involvement of your shoulders in the movement.
  2. Practice singles. A lot of athletes have had success with the alternating “single/double/single/double” drill.
  3. Keep your arms at your sides near your hips, hands slightly in front of you.
  4. Pick a square to practice in so you’re not jumping all over the place and find a focal point looking forward.
  5. Practice frequently.  The more you do something, the better at it you’ll get.
  6. Execute small jumps just as the rope strikes the ground.
  7. RELAX and develop a consistent rhythm.
  8. Maintain a hollow position, no breaking at the knees.
  9. Toes up.

Danielle is sponsored by RxSmartGear who make custom ropes – she uses a spiral handle, 8’7″ ultra gray cable.

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Dani's Custom Ropes she uses in competitions.

Dani’s Custom Ropes she uses in competitions.