In this blog, Russell Hurst, owner of Ropes Direct, outlines what has made battle ropes so popular and how they can be used to give the entire body a workout.
For years, I knew who my customers were. They were mainly people who needed mooring or rigging for their boats or builders who needed rope for on-site.
Therefore, I was surprised several years ago when people started contacting me looking for advice on which kind of rope would be best as they wanted to install a set of battle ropes in their home or at their gym. I can understand why people are beginning to use ropes as part of their fitness regime too, as they offer a lot of benefits. Below I explain five reasons why battle ropes make a great addition to your workout.
1. Allows you to exercise anywhere
It doesn’t matter where you want to train, as long as you have a secure anchor point to loop the rope around, you’re good to go. This means you can theoretically use battle ropes anywhere, making them an extremely practical piece of exercise equipment. Therefore, if you don’t enough room in your house, you can go out to your back garden. Similarly, if you live in a small apartment, you can take the ropes out to your local park.
2. They’re good for different exercises
Battle ropes also allow you to try out a diverse range of workouts too. As well as being able to use it as a climbing rope (if space allows) to work both legs and arms, you can use them to also work your back muscles by attaching it to a weight and pulling it from a seated position, or you can them to work different parts of your arms and chest by creating waves, spirals or whips as pictured.
3. It’s good for the entire body
As suggested in the last point, as battle ropes can be used to do different exercises that work different parts of the body, this means they are great for creating whole-body workouts. Furthermore, as well as working all areas of the body, including the neck, shoulders, abs and legs, all that rope work means battle ropes are also great for improving the grip strength in your hands too. I would even go as far as saying that, once you learn the full range of exercises you can do with battle ropes, you won’t need any other fitness equipment.
4.You can tailor the exercise
In addition, you can also pick the right rope depending on your ability; longer, thicker ropes are harder to work with. Therefore, if you would initially struggle to use a longer rope, you can choose a shorter, thinner version, build up your strength and increase the size and length of the ropes you use as you get fitter, stronger and more adept at the range of exercises possible.
5. Manila ropes are cheap to buy
Finally, using battle ropes also means that you don’t have to break the bank in order to afford a full and effective workout. I would recommend manila ropes as the best to use as battle ropes, and they are inexpensive to buy. You can also buy manila rope by the metre and in a variety of thicknesses too, making them the perfect kind of rope for those just starting out who want to build up their proficiency, as pointed out previously.
There you have it then; five reasons why battle ropes are a practical and affordable solution if you want to get fit, work different muscle groups and build body strength. Moreover, the intensity of the workouts also makes battle ropes a great way of also improving cardiovascular fitness and burning fat.