How I got to solving the Rubik’s cube in sub 60 seconds consistently

Photo by Fletcher Pride on Unsplash

But why?

The reason I got into cubing is because of this MrBeast video. It’s a video where 100 girls and 100 boys need to compete against each other and complete several challenges. One of the challenges is “solve 100 Rubik’s cubes as fast as possible”. To my surprise, only one person in each group was able to solve a cube. Two people out of 200, one out of a hundred, 1%… I remember thinking to myself “It can’t be that hard to master this skill?”. That was 3 months ago…

But how?

When you google “How to solve a Rubik’s cube”, you’ll end up with thousands and thousands of videos and tutorials and it can be quite overwhelming. That’s why I decided to share my cubing journey so far, for you to use as some sort of guide… or not 🐸.

The beginner method

My go-to place for cubing tutorials is J Perm’s YouTube channel. That’s also where I first learned to solve the Rubik’s cube by using his “Learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube in 10 minutes” video:

Learn How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube in 10 Minutes (Beginner Tutorial)

Starting to keep track of your solves

I love data and that’s why I decided early on I wanted to keep track of my solves. It’s also very encouraging to see your times go down as you get better. After some googling, I went with the Android app Twisty Timer.

In-app screenshot Twisty timer
Rubik’s Cube: How to Read Algorithms (Full Notation Guide)

Some additions to the beginner method

When I was comfortable with solving the cube, I went on and learned some new simple algorithms that allowed me to solve certain cases way faster

How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube FASTER with the beginner method

White cross down

When scouring the interwebz for tutorials, I frequently stumbled upon the phrase “solve your white cross on the bottom”. At first, I ignored this because why would you solve something where you can’t see it, it will slow you down, right? WRONG!

  • You don’t loose time turning your cube over for step 2
  • It allows you to look ahead for your next move
  • You can inspect more faces
Rubik’s Cube: 7 Tips For An Efficient Cross Every Solve

Taking it to the next level with OLL and PLL

At the point where I was stagnating around an average solving time of 70 seconds, I knew I had to learn new algorithms to lower my times. There are several methods to (speed)solve the Rubik’s cube and one of the most popular and fast ones is called CFOP, which stands for

Reference chart for 2-look OLL and 2-look PLL

So, what’s next?

Once I feel like I don’t need to think about the 2-look moves anymore and muscle memory has kicked in, I will “learn” intuitive F2L. At that point, I will have learned CFOP and I’ll break world records… or not 🐸.

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