Finish as Strong as You Started

Cliché title, right?

Let me explain.

I do at least 1500 jump ropes every day - well, at least most days. I do 500 in the morning, 500 in the afternoon and another 500 before bed.

I probably do more, because I add constraints to it. Here are my personal rules, prior to today, when it comes to jumping ropes:

  • Do sets of 100 jumps (in this case, 5 sets of 100)
  • Add 10 reps of a calisthenics exercise in-between sets (push ups, squats, lunges, leg raises… etc)
  • Start over at the last multiple of 10 when you lose (i.e. If I lose at 26, I start over at 20, if I lose at 99, I start over at 90)
  • On days that I have too much energy to spare, I start over at 0 wherever I lose. I can only stop at 100+.

Lose here means that you missed a skip and lost your streak.

I’ve been doing this since 2011, when I started living with my father. Thanks dad.

A few months ago… I started noticing I lose more frequently at later stages of my jumping rope session.

It took me until today to realize that it’s because I’m losing focus, not because I’m tired.

So I thought, how can I keep focus at the end of my workout?

And right into my session, I came up with a new rule:

Start over at zero if you lose before reaching the number of sets times 10 (i.e. If I’m on set 3, I cannot lose before 30, on set 4, I cannot lose before 40… etc)

This has tremendously helped me keep focus throughout my whole session.

Now, I’m not sure if this applies to other forms of workout outside of cardio, but I’m still looking for a way to implement this into my life.

How do I finish my day as strong or even stronger than how I started it?