Done A Burpee Double Under

Back in January, I did 50 unbroken double unders (jump rope where the rope passes beneath you twice).  Today, I wanted to combine everyone’s least favorite body movement, the burpee, with a double under. 

A burpee is an exercise movement where you place your hands on the ground, kick your legs back into a plank position, lower into a pushup, jump back into a squat, then jump straight up.

One of the things that makes the burpee interesting is that because it ends in a straight jump, it can be combined with all kinds of other exercises.  For example, I’ve done burpee box jumps, burpee broad jumps, and burpee pullups.  The video above even includes weighted burpees and burpee muscle ups (so wrong!).

I knew combining a burpee with a double under would be tough.  I’d only seen one person do it before, and it was
Kristan Clever, world’s fittest woman.  I figured that coordinating the rope on the jump would be tough.  So, I was pretty nervous when I was about to make my first attempt.

The other tough aspect is the position of the rope.  I got tripped up a few times (literally) trying to figure out what position it’s supposed to be in.  When I go from squat to plank and back, the feet are supposed to go over the rope.



What I did not think about was that the burpee kind of wore down both my shoulders and my legs.  When I came out of the burpee to jump, it was totally exhausting, and concentrating on getting a jump good enough to do a double under from a cold start was difficult to say the least.  I usually need one or two single jumps before I start my double unders.

Because my arms came so far behind me out of the jump, I wasn’t in the best position to do a double under.  If I could’ve pulled the elbows in with my wrists down, it would have been significantly more efficient.  I wouldn’t have had to jump nearly as high to complete the movement and my shoulders wouldn’t have had to work nearly as hard.




In the end, I was able to complete a few, and it was a fun activity that worked my coordination, agility, speed, and power.

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