For fitness-enthusiasts and hard-workers, there’s a new addition to a gym’s equipment that has been gathering popularity. Battle ropes seem to be the next-best-thing if what you’re looking for is a tough, strenuous but also fun workout.
They are the thick, massive ropes you’d picture anchoring a ship in port. But that’s exactly what has become so attractive to those who spend their time challenging themselves and training their bodies. Their thickness add resistance and allows you to work your core, shoulders arms and legs all at the same time.
During a training, you drag, slam, whip and drum the long battle rope, which is most often anchored to the wall or the floor. This training equipment has been used in the past, albeit for football trainings. However, it seems that this fitness tool has now gone mainstream.
Fitness experts explain that battle ropes are one of the must-have fitness tools if lean muscle mass is your goal.
“The key to their effectiveness is that they work each arm independently, eliminating strength imbalances as they sculpt your muscle,” battle rope system creator, John Brookfield explains.
In more ways than none, this workout is a bit of everything. But Jonathan Ross, American Council on Exercise spokesman describes it as “running with the upper body.” The fact that you are training your muscles in a variety of new ways is what makes the workout so efficient.
But Ross adds that battle ropes also engage the mind, not just the body because they directly reflect how you are moving throughout the training.
“You see the physical manifestation of the body movement as you watch the ropes. If you do them well, your body is moving well.”
At first, be sure to ask a trainer or fitness instructor to show you the proper technique. Coordination and a correct posture are essential elements of your workout and when done incorrectly, you may just have worked out for nothing.
Scientific studies have also supported this new fitness trend as several papers suggested that a 10-minute-long battle rope training is enough to increase heart rates to a point where cardio respiratory fitness is increased.
Be careful if and when you have recently (or in the past) sustained any shoulder injuries as battle ropes require shoulder mobility. Follow a rigorous warm-up session and make sure to not pull the ropes too tight when you start making waves at the gym!
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