One Barbell, Please… (Mon 5/24/10)

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Last Friday I posted a blurb essentially making fun of the Jump Snap, a “ropeless jump rope” system that purportedly burns “about 10% more calories” than actually jumping over an actual rope. Many of you came into the gym on Friday to congratulate me on finding an (allegedly) amusing product that seems to have little use for those of us who like to accomplish something (like an increased work capacity over broad time and modal domains, for example) during our workouts. Well, it seems that I offended Jump Snap Inventor Brad LaTour, who was gracious enough to leave a comment regarding the purpose and efficacy of the Jump Snap, not to mention perhaps hinting that I’m an arrogant asshole (which is probably true, let’s be honest here) who is dead set on ignoring every other possible method to help people to get off their lazy butts other than whatever I happen to be peddling (which is not true, since we’re being honest). So with that in mind, I would like to set the record straight on where I stand with this whole U.S. Obesity Epidemic thing.

Yes, we live in a country full of people who require too much of the national textile supply in order to keep themselves from being arrested for indecent exposure. But as a point of reference, according to the National Institute of Health’s BMI Calculator, at 5’8″ and 165 lbs, I’m overweight. Judging by the photo here I think I’m more guilty of being pasty, pale and needing a tan than being overweight. This is not to say that there aren’t a large portion of Americans who could stand to be banished from purchasing ice cream forever; HOWEVER, it is my personal (and professional) opinion that helping people pretend they’re accomplishing something is not the same thing as helping people improve their lives. But, with that potentially volatile statement made, I would like to state for the record that Mr. LaTour and I are absolutely and most definitely on the same side. If someone is making the choice between buying the Jump Snap (however silly I may believe it to be) and lying dormant on the couch for another 15 years, then I would suggest they buy the Jump Snap immediately. Buy 3 or 4 of them and tie them to your legs if you have to, but for God’s sake don’t lie on the couch day in and day out.

But when it comes to making a choice between “not doing nothing” (which is what the Jump Snap is, in my opinion) and actually becoming fit (as is clearly defined in the “What Is Fitness” article by Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit), I’ll choose suggesting fitness over jumping an imaginary rope every time.

You buy the Jump Snap. I’ll buy the barbell. It’s not an issue of judgment, it’s an issue of commitment. I’m committed. Are you?


Deadlift Technique


(135 lb. cap on weight)


As many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:

5 Hang Power Cleans (115/73)
10 Wallballs
5 Slurpees


Spit Shine your Turkish Get Up

  • Andy

    Couldn’t agree more…very nicely said…. now if I could only get AJ to read this one and get off his butt and away from his computer…..

  • Matt

    What is a slurpee in any context other than at 7-11?

  • daniel.zaudtke

    Ok — I bought a jump snap. But it really works! I did about 8,453 double-unders!!!

    BTW — I also applied the same principle to snatches and over head squats. They’re WAY easier with that damned bar getting in the way…

  • “Sunday was a great day – I started with two jump snap workouts – I did the 20 minute advanced and then the 16 minute intermediate workout. I knew that was huge as I was drenched with sweat after 36 minutes. I then did a 30 minute walk while my daughter rode her bike in our neighborhood – I walked behind her. I then took her again to a state park near the beach near us and we did an hour walk/bike ride during that time.”

    From a client of mine who burned 4000 calories on Sunday and didn’t go to a gym. He’s trying to lose 30 lbs and already down 10 in 4 weeks which is huge. We agree on more than we disagree, but, just happen to focus on different markets. Keep up the good work and passion to help others.

  • I have no time for people who eat like pigs and then look for magic pills, diets and programs. When you eat too much, you will end up fat no mater what. And i’m not especially slim but I actually do jog and feel healthy, without feeling hungry all the time. Get a grip folks!