When Double Unders Go Bad

The 10 minute double under challenge has become my staple “I can’t be arsed to go to the gym, but should do something” workout. (If you don’t know, a double under is when you skip and the rope goes under your feet twice for each jump.) So the double under challenge, is simply how many you can do in 10 minutes.

Well today, it all went wrong. Not only did I get my worst ever score: 123, but each time I fail one, I end up getting whipped by the skipping rope. You may think that’s nothing, and to be honest, whilst it stings, the adrenaline of the event does numb the pain. It’s only afterwards that you really notice it. My right arm took the most damage:

Colin McNulty double under lashings

That’s the worst of it, but I do also have lashings on both my ankles, my left shin, across both knuckles, oddly few on my left forearm and somehow some on my stomach too. No one ever told me doing double unders was a contact sport!p

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  • Steve J 5 July 2009, 6:07 am

    I’m terrible at skipping. Was it practice that took you to these heights? Or did you get a little coaching?

  • Colin McNulty 5 July 2009, 11:21 am

    Just practice Steve. I couldn’t do any double unders when I started, now I can get 15 in one go, if I’m lucky and rested. A good fast skipping rope is a must too, I tried a leather one and they are too slow.

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