Abigoliah Schamaun

Comedian, Yogi, Whiskey Enthusiast. 

Double-Under Update

Double-Under Update

On Thursday we worked on front squats and I increased the weight by 5kg from the last time I did them so result. We also worked on bar muscle ups which I can't do so I scaled down to negative pull-ups. Negative pull-ups have never been in my wheel house before but I actually did them today so another result there. Double-unders were also in the work out and those aren't improving. 

Everyday after class at Crossfit Blackfriars I've stay to work on my double-unders sometimes I think I get one but I'm never quite sure because I'm so surprised I stop jumping, to look around to see if anyone can verify if I did what I think I did. No one ever can because no one is watching me, which is a blessing in itself. 

It seems to me double-unders are just about coordination. Jump high and slow with your legs and move your wrists twice as fast as that to get the rope around. I got the jumping part, but whenever I try to speed up my hands I speed up my feet. The coaches at Blackfriars have been helpful offering advice and tips. I get the theory. My body doesn't want to cooperate. 

I've started to think of it musically hoping that will get me on a steady rhythm. My feet set the beat and my hands are doing double time. Much like a drummer playing hi-hat and bass drum. But again, as easy as it is for me to visualize quarter notes and eighth notes; my body doesn't want to play them. Or jump to them as it were. 

I have just over two weeks of classes to complete before this challenge ends and I'll continue to work on double-unders but I don't know if I'll get them by the end. It doesn't feel like I'm getting any better or worse; it just seems like there's a lot more jumping in my life. If I could see incremental improvements like I can in my lifts or in my Yoga practice it'd be a little more heartening. 

Everyone says it just eventually clicks. So far no clicking has happened. And I'm getting frustrated. I like front squats. Can we just do those in lieu of double-unders please? 

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