How to Master the Double Under Cross
Aug 17, 2022Jordan Lindstrom
If you happened to tune in to event 3 at the 2022 CrossFit Games, you watched some of the best athletes in the world humbled by the jump rope in an event called the Skill Speed Medley. The event introduced a new move to CrossFit with the jump rope: the double under crossover.
Athletes were required to do the traditional double under, where the jump rope goes under their feet twice in one jump, but with one of those rotations including a cross. The cross is when an athlete twists their hands across one another so the left hand is near their right hip and their right hand near their left hip.
Unheralded newcomer and games rookie Nick Mathew (seen above using our Bullet COMP rope) was one of just two male athletes to finish the Skill Speed Medley, coming from behind to win the event by cruising through the double under crossovers while everyone else struggled.
We know certain gyms will be programming in double under crossovers throughout the next CrossFit season and we wanted to give you a head start on learning this difficult move. Check out our five keys to success below:
Good luck and reach out to us with any questions or if you need some additional coaching. And don't forget to pick up a beaded or PVC rope to get started mastering all jump rope skills you'll need for this next year of CrossFit
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