“Technique is something very important that you should focus on from the very beginning. Because when you start with bad technique and your coach is not giving you the right advice, you keep the bad technique and that will have an impact on your muscles, joints, bones, wrists… and you don’t want to injure yourself.” – Sebastian Deeg
Sebastian Deeg has been jumping for over two decades and was one of the first jumpers I found when I started jumping. As you’ll hear about in our chat, I used to re-watch his videos frame by frame, over and over and over. Please do yourself a massive favor and check out the videos that are linked in the show notes below – you will not want to miss them!
We discuss so many different topics, including advice for beginner recreational jumpers, thoughts on leaving competition and becoming a “former” competitive jumper, the importance of being patient and working on fundamentals, what it takes to be an elite jump rope athlete, and loads more.
01:50 When Sebastian Started Jump Roping
05:00 How Has The Sport Of Jump Rope Evolved Over Several Decades?
07:32 Sebastian’s First World Championship Competition
10:39 How Sebastian’s Competitive Training Evolved
14:48 Has Jump Rope Ever Stopped Being Fun?
16:08 Why Sebastian Created The ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’ Series
20:55 Learning Jump Rope Now Vs. 20 Years Ago
22:32 How Sebastian Learned So Many Different Skills
24:17 Sebastian’s Best Competitive Season
28:37 Sebastian’s Least Favorite Skill
30:50 Rope Dunk Battle With Lee Reisig
33:45 What Sebastian Wants To Accomplish With Jump Rope In The Future
36:44 Interests Other Than Jump Rope
38:26 Starting Late As A Competitive Jump Roper
40:34 Separating Jump Rope From Professional Life
43:07 Does Jumping Rope Make You Smarter?
50:02 Lesson Learned From Jump Rope
53:11 Advice For Beginner Recreational Jumpers
57:03 Advice For Competitive Jumpers
01:03:06 Unlocking Really Hard Skills
01:05:14 How Would Your Younger Self View Your Current Self?
01:07:09 What Is Jump Rope To You?
01:09:04 Transitioning Out Of Competitive Jump Rope