By Matt Hopkins - Elite SRS Founder
I sat down with Mark Maurer, an accomplished speed jumper from Germany, to learn how he trains, his tips and tricks to success and the philosophical approach he takes to the sport of jump rope. Enjoy! Hint: he uses our ropes.
Table of Contents
- Q & A
- Workout Routine and Schedule
Mark Maurer is 23 years old and currently studies medicine at the Sigmund Freud Private University of Vienna. All his life sport has been a huge part of him: Track (Decathlon), Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Ballet, Gymnastics and lastly Jump Rope! Mark switched from attending nationals in track to starting completely from scratch in jump rope in 2016 when his ex-girlfriend introduced him to the wonderful sport. He was immediately hooked on it!What keeps you jumping at an older age?
What is your philosophy about the sport of jump rope?
Jump rope showed me what truly is possible! No matter where in life you are, it's you who decides what target to go for next! Seen from a sports perspective... I chose to challenge myself by starting completely new in 2016... I needed a change in my life and in my motivation. I found all this in jump rope! Not only being good at it now, but also sharing my joy with others during kids-practice, online zoom courses (2020...) or even staffing at jump rope camps all around Europe!What is your philosophy about training for jump rope?
What is unusual about how you train for speed jumping compared to others?
Do you have any secrets you can share about how to get better speed scores?
- Do research on what's the most optimal body posture for you during speed runs (jumps).
- Get comfortable with this position and speed up slowly.
- SET REALISTIC, INDIVIDUAL TARGETS: you will always have something in front of you... so you can keep pushing towards this goal.
- YES, YOU CAN! Stay motivated and do lots of repetition.
What does your daily workout program look like?
I practice at least 3x /week or even better 4x (2x 30sec / 2x 3min) and alternate sessions.
Day speed session:
- General warm up 15 min (jogging, jumping rope, fun team games)
- Specific speed warm up for 10 min (agility exercises, speed balls, different ropes such as beaded, pvc, cable). Arms and legs, especially, should be warm, stretched, and ready!
- Speed Ladder 80-90%
- 5sec/10sec/20sec/30sec/40sec/50sec/60sec and down. Pause in between: 20sec until 20sec / 60 sec until 60sec
- 3x 30sec speed 80%, 90%, 100%. Pause: 2 min in between
- 1x 30sec speed 100%
Check out our other interviews in this series:
- LINK 1, LINK 2, LINK 3 with name and location