UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor made a brilliant quote after knocking out Jose Aldo in the first 13 seconds of their bout. He said, “Precision beats power and timing beats speed every time”.
Those are the fundamentals he lives and trains by.
I absolutely love that quote because there is a common misconception that speed is the answer to everyone’s double under woes.
The thought process goes; if I could go faster, then double unders would be easier. Assuming you are still developing your skill and perfecting your technique, try to think of any other athletic movement that requires coordination, and tell me which one becomes easier the faster you try to do it? I can’t think of any either. My contention, is that:‘Timing is more important than speed, and slowing down develops good timing.’
Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.