In Pursuit of Excellence

By Hilary Achauer

In The CrossFit Life

July 26, 2012

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Dave Newman never intended to start a business; he just wanted a better jump rope. Hilary Achauer catches up with the founder of RX Jump Ropes and finds out how it all began.

I had been struggling with double-unders. I was able to do them when warming up, but any sort of grip fatigue or WOD-induced nervousness led to me repeatedly stepping on the rope. This time, it was a disaster. I got about 10 double-unders in a row during the first set of 50, but after that the wheels came off.

Each time I started jumping the rope caught under my feet. After a few of these frustrating attempts, I threw down the rope and looked at my coach, Bryan Boorstein. He had watched my double-unders worsen over the past few weeks and always offered tips on how to improve. This time he just looked at me sadly and said, “Hilary, I don’t even know what to tell you anymore. You need to go see Dave.”

“Dave” is Dave Newman, double-under guru and founder of RX Jump Ropes, a company that makes custom jump ropes and runs double-under clinics. Being told to go see Newman felt a little like getting sent to the principal’s office. It was discouraging, to say the least, but I had reached the end of my rope (pardon the pun).

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4 Comments on “In Pursuit of Excellence”


Zach Forrest wrote …

What a fantastic article. Dave Newman is a stand-up guy and embodies everything about the CrossFit spirit - entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and passion. Can't say enough good things about this dude, his attitude, and his company.

Keep it up, Dave. Proud to know you.


wrote …

I feel the frustration. I returned to practicing DUs over the weekend after many failed attempts ended in anger. This past Sunday I was able to get about 20 or so with some singles included. I haven't been able to do them in succession yet. Then when Monday rolled around, the rope would either catch on the laces on my left shoe, my toes or I'd land on the rope. I had no clue what was going on with my left hand and why the rope was catching on my laces. Sunday I was getting plenty of elevation but Monday and yesterday I couldn't seem to get any bounce at all.

I guess I'll keep at it. I need to dedicate myself to practicing them at least 3 days/week. I did realize how much they take out of you when I did them Sunday.


wrote …

Great story and such an excellent company run by a strong leader in the community.


wrote …

His ropes helped solved my DU problem, without a doubt. He is a beast of an athlete, too.

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