What, When, Why: Jump Ropes

This is an installment of our continuing What, When, Why series exploring gear, training plans, certifications, and other things that make CrossFitters ask “should I buy this?” In this segment we’ll share what we’ve learned after years as CrossFitters, as CrossFit coaches and affiliate owners, and simply as dudes who like fresh shoes.

A jump rope can be a CrossFitter’s best friend, a soothing aid that turns a section of a workout into a bit of an “active rest.” More often, they can be our worst enemy, a confusing and frustrating demon snake that seems committed to snarling at our feet and leaving us with welts and whip marks. Some people struggle at double-unders for weeks, months, or even years after starting CrossFit, and often times it’s because they are using a rope that is not appropriate for them! Think a new rope is what you need? You might be surprised…
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What, When, Why: Weightlifting Shoes


While a pair of Chuck Taylors used to be all you needed to start CrossFitting, the state of our lifestyle in 2017 brings with it a whole new world of gear options.  This new segment will explore the myriad wraps, straps, sleeves, shoes and other stuff used by CrossFitters to get an edge during workouts.  First, we will explain “what the heck are these thangs?” Then we will examine the “why” and “when” surrounding commonly used gear- why someone might potentially use it, and when it is appropriate for use, both in terms of how long you’ve been CrossFitting and in what scenarios/workouts the item would be more or less useful.

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