World jump rope champion Molly Metz gives double under seminar in Aspen
While double unders are Molly Metz’s bread and butter, she promises there are more to her CrossFit workouts than jump roping’s less-liked sibling.
“Even for me, sometimes I get sick of double unders,” Metz said, only somewhat convincingly. “We can even go two weeks and not see a double under.”
Metz, who owns CrossFit Mad Hops in Louisville, Colorado, is something of a jump-roping aficionado. The Boulder native is a five-time world jump rope champion, coaches her own competitive jump rope team and founded JumpNrope in 2006, which manufactures jump ropes.
Part of JumpNrope are the double under seminars, which have sent Metz to nearly 500 CrossFit gyms across the world in less than five years. This includes Saturday when she stopped by Aspen CrossFit to help the local athletes master one of the popular training regimen’s trickier moves.
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“A double under, in my opinion, is actually quite easy,” Metz said. “If you really break it down, it’s not so bad. And that’s why I really designed the course, just to show people it can be so easy.”
Unlike what most do when jump roping, which is to pass the rope under your feet once per jump, a double under requires two rotations per single jump, and is popular in CrossFit workouts. Triple unders and even quadruple unders also exist, but are rarely seen in a competition setting.
On top of her world championships in jump roping, the most recent of which she won in 2002 — and top-200 world ranking in the CrossFit regionals master’s division last year —Metz is known for having completed 1,400 double unders in only 10 minutes.
“It was kind of a joke. I didn’t mean for it to be some big thing,” Metz said of her feat, which occurred at an annual jump rope tournament she hosts for kids. “It’s just a 10-minute challenge. It was for fun one year and I just happened to do the 10 minutes, and that was the first one documented.”
Metz jumped into the world that has become her life when she was only 7, and from age 8 to 14 traveled the globe as part of a competitive jump rope team based out of Boulder. She won four of her five world championship titles during that time.
Now in her 40s, Metz continues to travel, but mostly to instruct, and not compete. Her desire continues to be teaching children the wonders of jump roping, hoping it can impact them in the same way it impacted her.
“I think of CrossFitters as big kids, because I think we are all just here to learn. But working with kids is just so fun,” Metz said. “Jump rope is such a quick turnaround sport. Kids can pick up a rope and even just getting in a couple of jumps is such a success, so their confidence boosts, and that’s cool to see.”
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Herman is the freestyle skiing winner of the Summit Daily’s Peak Performers project, which honors the greatest athletes and most influential figures in Summit county ski and snowboard history.