CrossRope 2.0: The New and Improved Jump Rope Training System

CrossRope 2.0 Jump Rope SystemIt’s been over a year since I first got my hands on the original CrossRope Jump Rope System.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

Cracking open the box. Wrapping my hands around those rugged handles. Clipping the cable loops in and out. Holding on for dear life as the weighted ropes turned wildly around my body.

It was love at first sight, but it was also just the beginning.

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be one of the few who had the honor of test driving the new and improved CrossRope 2.0 Jump Rope system.

And let me be clear – it was like falling in love all over again.

This post highlights some of the biggest improvements made to this powerful jump rope training system.

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How to Build a Simple Home Gym (Bloom to Fit Style)

Ultimate Home GymThe new year is finally upon us.

And with every new year comes the same-old routine…

New resolutions, new goals, new dreams.

People are on a high right now. And it’s cool to see.

It’s nice to see people starting to take their health more seriously. Even if it may be short-lived (let’s be honest…90% of resolution-ers don’t stick with their resolutions), at least they’re trying to do something about it.

But with every new person looking to rock a six-pack by mid January there is a new membership in the books. A new body that takes up space. A new person to wait behind at the water fountain.

And although this might be great news for the gym’s bottom line, it sucks for the rest of the people who are used to having all that free space.

You’ll notice it from the very first moment you step foot in a gym in January.

The place is more crammed than a Japanese subway, probably surpassing capacity and breaking nearly every building code known to man.

And even though things usually go back to normal by early February (that’s kinda sad :(), the brutality of January had always pushed me into a different direction.

It forced me into building my very own home gym.

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Jump Rope Training: The Beauty and Power of HEAVY Jump Ropes

Heavy Jump RopesAbout two years ago, I went on an adventure of a lifetime.

My mission: train Muay Thai in Thailand.

It was the most incredible four weeks of my life. I completely immersed myself in a culture and a sport of tradition that demanded peak physical conditioning and flawless technique. It was something completely new to me, yet it felt like second nature.

Aside from our morning 10km runs, sparring sessions, bag work and bodyweight training sessions, one of the tools that we most frequently used was the jump rope.

Only Muay Thai fighters don’t use your typical speed ropes (like boxers do).

Nope.

These guys are on another level. They use heavy jump ropes.

Let me tell you why… [Read more…]

CrossRope: The Ultimate Jump Rope Training System

crossrope jump rope training systemIf you’re a ninja like I am, you know just how effective a jump rope can be.

It’s simple. It’s cheap. It’s portable.

It works.

But as simple as the design of the rope is, there are people out there who are constantly pushing the envelope. People who are constantly integrating new technology with old, classic design.

(PS – I love these people)

So it’s not very often I find a fitness tool that I’m super excited about. Last time it happened was with the kettlebell and that was years ago.

But over the past few months, I’ve had an opportunity to test a brand new fitness tool – a revolution in jump rope training.

Her name is the CrossRope.

And I must be honest – I’ve fallen in love with her.

Here’s the story… [Read more…]

Jump Rope Manifesto: Complete Guide to Skipping Rope

jump ropeNot too long ago, I put up a simple little video on my YouTube channel.

It was just me showcasing a bunch of different skipping variations with a nice tune bumpin’ in the background.

Nothing special.

Well, in less than 7 months, the video has been viewed over 70 thousand times! (I still can’t believe so many people want to watch me skip…kinda cool!) And it seems like they genuinely liked it because the video has over 650 likes.

But more important than anything, the video has sparked some interest. Hundreds of comments and questions were posted under the video (see here) with people looking to get started with skipping. Mission accomplished.

I noticed, however, that a lot of the same questions kept coming up. A lot of people didn’t know where to get started. So, with all this wisdom brewing up in my head (separate from the ego), I thought it would only make sense to put together an in-depth post to answer every single question (and then some) that was asked. Due to its level of detail, the post is a little lengthy (sorry), but it’s jam-packed with useful information. You’ll find everything you need to know about skipping rope.

I have appropriately named it the Jump Rope Manifesto.

I hope you guys find it useful.

Let’s get started…

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Vibram FiveFingers – A Revolution in Footwear?

Vibram FiveFingersWhether you like it or not, your foot is a thing of beauty. Consisting of 26 bones, 20 muscles, 33 joints and hundreds of tendons, ligaments and sensory receptors, it truly is anatomically brilliant.

Over the last few years, however, there has been a growing trend that has sparked great interest in how we fashion our feet. And the numbers are undoubtedly growing. What used to be rarely seen at the gym has now spilled out onto the streets and even workplaces.

I’m talking about the ultra-geeky, alien-inspired, individually-toed shoes you thought would never catch on.

They’re called the Vibram FiveFingers and they’re not going anywhere.

For those of you who have been living under a large rock for the past few years, let me give you a little update.

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