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BY CHRISTEN, WRITING TEAM INTERN
My friend, Lindsay, did it ’cause she thought it was radically fun. My grandma tried it in hopes that it would keep her heart pumping longer. I’ll be honest; I only did it ’cause it looked obscenely cool. And that is how we passed our summer days – with Skip-It.
Even better was the day when the makers of Skip-It released a version that counted the number of times you skipped. Then, it was a real competition. We put our fears of tripping or getting our ankles smacked with a plastic rope aside, and did anything necessary–sweat, blood, and tears would not stop us–to get the highest number on the counter.
In hindsight, that’s probably how we kept our little impish figures, and it’s got me thinking I may need to re-invest in this truly miraculous invention. The next time I don’t feel like going to the gym, I’m just going to skip it. Literally!
What are your favorite Skip-It memories?
I loved my Skip-It! I had the counter one and it never left my side. I skipped-it all over the neighborhood. Such a simple, but fun toy.
I still have mine, woot!
But the very best thing of all….there’s a counter on this ball! So try and beat your very best score, see if you can skip a whole lot more! Skip It! Skip It!
Oh man! I remember the first day I got mine, it was purple and I skipped around the driveway for hours trying to make it to 999 counts. I wonder if it is still in my parent’s garage?
I still have a Skip-It! It doesn’t have a counter, though – just a ribbon thing. When I was still in college I would frequently bust out the Skip-It for drunken skipping marathons and wake up with a bruised ankle.
I used to use my Skip-It until my ankle bled. Seriously! My mom made me a special felt ankle cuff to wear when playing with it after that. <3 my mom.
In my elementary school orthadentia days, my mom gave me the choice of getting braces or going for the cheaper “bionator,” a device where you correct your teeth by doing these weird biting exercises on a retainer-type-thing. She bribed me into choosing the bionator with a Skip It. I got the Skip It and failed to use the bionator and ended up getting braces evetnually anyway.
I think it’s perfectly fine to play skip it as an adult. For example, a few years ago (I admit, it was during my second year of undergrad) my friends and I decided to procrastinate by having a skip it challenge. Take a look!!
Aw, I wish I still had mine. I always used to challenge my brother cuz he was uncoordinated… it was mean but fun. 🙂
Yes! My best friend and I OWNED our elementary school skip it record. We would practice at her house, haha! I have such clear memories of being in front of her house skippin’-it like there was no tomorrow. I am in love with these nostalgic posts!
i never had one, but it looks fun.
I remember using my skip it on our porch and it made the loudest sound ever but I did it for hours until I FINALLY got like 300 and was too exhausted to keep going. Definitely one of the greatest inventions though
I totally had one, but the counter was NONSENSE! I skipped too quickly and the counter never worked…
This is how my best friend of two years and I met. It was on the playground. She had a Skip-it and I HAD to ask her to play! We both still love them.
OH MAN. I had almost forgotten about the Skip-It! I had a hot pink one with a counter, and I wore that thing into the ground. I am pretty sure I’d be in better shape now if I still had it!
I loved my Skip-It! I remember playing with it in my garage so often, the number counter stopped working. Sadly, my brother broke it.
I loved the skip-it. Especially the counter one – then you could compete with your friends.
I also liked the pogo ball! Does anyone remember that?
i remember skip-its! my sister used to play with the counter ones all the time in the summer. when we were done we would always find them covered in dead bugs:P poor ants murdered by skip-its!
I loved my Skip-It, except for the part where I got a permanent scar on my palm trying to open it Christmas day with ‘adult’ scissors…stitches and Christmas so not go together well.
This weekend my best friend and I were legitimately talking about skipits, like the entire night. So stoked I still have mine.
I think I see the next as-seen-on-TV wonder workout item! Can we all take a moment and appreciate the ad for what I believe are slouch socks and the girl’s side ponytail with a scrunchie? No crimped hair?
so love it. i remember i thought i was cool when i had it. lol
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