Battle ropes have been around for a few years now and have become mainstream. Popular gym chains like Equinox and Crunch both offer classes focused on these ropes. It’s rare to see a training studio without them, considering how versatile they can be with slamming, pulling, and whipping them. They bring a new level of intensity to workouts, and provide both a cardio and functional training component.
Battle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also engaging and fun.
Whipping, slamming, dragging and drumming the long, anchored ropes have long been used in training for sports like football, but fitness experts said they have now gone mainstream in gyms as an efficient workout routine.
“It’s a little like running with the upper body,” said Jonathan Ross, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. “It’s not just using different muscles but training muscles in different ways.”
The Washington, D.C. area-based trainer and author of the book “Abs Revealed,” said a ropes workout engages the mind as well as the body with what he calls the grace of the wave.
“The ropes show you how you’re moving,” he explained. “You see the physical manifestation of the body movement as you watch the ropes. If you do them well, your body is moving well.”
Posture and coordination are inherent elements of the workout, Ross said.
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