“Trying something new terrifies me. It’s just that some people are better at handling that [fear], and the reason people are better at handling that is because they’ve done it more” —LJ LaVecchia
LJ LaVecchia is a competitive jumper and world champion many times over. He’s incredible and I was super excited to sit down with him and chat about his jump rope journey. We talk about a lot of different subjects, including how to approach the sport differently by adjusting the competition format, how LJ has broken ones by doing simple skills, the mindset it takes to become a world champion, methods for training a single rope freestyle routine, and a lot more.
You can listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Overcast.
01:26 How LJ First Started Jumping
02:44 LJ’s Favorite Accomplishments
06:12 How LJ Trained To Be A World Champion
12:10 Engineers & Jump Rope
16:12 Jump Rope Builds Intelligence
18:30 How LJ Trained His Single Freestyle Routine
20:16 LJ’s Curiosity With All Sports
23:22 Back To LJ’s Single Freestyle Training
36:05 How LJ Tests New Skills
38:39 Are Big Double Dutch Skills Dying Out?
43:46 How LJ Started His Profession As A Stuntman
50:22 LJ’s Epic Fails
58:23 New Competitive Jump Rope Leagues
1:11:07 What Is Jump Rope To You?