Getting up every morning and knocking out hundreds of skips takes dedication. No matter how skilled you become or how impressive your technique, there are going to be times when it's going to feel like a real drag. For these moments, it's good to have a picture of what you're trying to accomplish, where you'd ultimately like to be: an inspirational figure!
There are plenty of seasoned pros out there whose masterful rope work can serve as motivational fuel to keep your skipping progressing.
Here's a short of clip of boxer Brian Viloria. Note his rock solid basic skipping technique--with steady, regular practice, you can get there, too!
Think bad-ass jump rope is just for guys? Think again! Here's skipping super star Adrienn Banhegyi.
Your role model doesn't need to be someone who's known for skipping rope. It can be someone who has demonstrated the same level of persistence and dedication to a challenging task.
Your assignment for this next session to to find an image or picture of your inspiration figure. Print this image out, or save it to your computer or phone--make it part of the background. If possible, put this image within your field of vision during today's rope session. You can even use this as your gaze point!
Next, imagine you are that person--not at present, but in their past, as they were honing their craft and working to get to the top of their game. Now pick up your rope and commence your training as they would.
4 sets x 1 minute - regular skipping
Rest between sets: 20 seconds
Placing an inspiring figure at the front of your thoughts is a powerful way to stay engaged with our rope work over time. Ultimately, you are trying to transition to the point where jumping rope isn't just something you do, but a part of who you are: an athlete who engages in one of the most powerful and portable cardio activities ever developed!