The art of undulation
At its simplest, battle ropes involves waving a rope up and down. Sounds easy until you try it for yourself. A work out with the weighted ropes rely on the “art of undulation,” or creating a wave-like pattern in the rope with your body. You’ll work every muscle, especially your core, and the cardiovascular benefits are huge. Regular work with the ropes also improves coordination, and increases muscular endurance. Plus, this highly effective workout is low impact, so it’s safe for anyone from newbies and injured athletes to dedicated gym-goers.
A complex workout
Battle ropes are effective for people looking to build or tone muscles without the use of heavy weights, and because of the range of motion when waving these beasts around, they won’t lead to repetitive strain injuries. The real beauty when it comes to a fitness activity, is that ropes use a complex number of muscle groups so your body is working harder, burning fat and building lean muscle.
Starting your rope training
For starters, integrate a set of rope work into your regular session. Try three to four intervals of each exercise listed below and look to build up to six intervals of each once you are confident and competent with the moves.
The wave:This is the most common rope move and it is a great way to zone in on your arms. Always adopt a slightly squatted position, bending the knees and keeping the back straight. Now tuck your elbows into your side and alternate pumping your arms up and down, creating alternating waves in the rope. Continue for 30 seconds before taking a break. When you have mastered the single arm wave, move your arms in tandem for a double wave.
The slam:This move is an instant hit for your shoulders, back, core and arms. Lift both ends of the rope as high as you can and then slam the rope with full force onto the floor. Maintain a strong posture throughout the move. Repeat as many time as you can for 30 seconds before taking a break.
Circles:This move focuses on mobilising the shoulders. Start with both ends of the rope in both hands (keep your hands together). Now move your arms in large clockwise circles for 30 seconds, swinging the rope in circles. Repeat the move but in a counter-clockwise direction for your next set.
You can also work each arm independently. Hold a rope end in each hand and move your arms either outwards in circles or inwards in circles.
Flyes:This is a workout aimed at the arms and back. Get into a low squat holding an end of the rope in each hand. With your arms in front of you and with your elbows slightly bent, whip the rope in tandem. You will look and feel as if you are trying to fly!
Wrestling Throws:This is a great exercise for the core. keep your feet grounded and quite close together. Hold an end of the rope in each hand. Now pivot from the waist and flip the whole rope over. Keep this movement going, flipping the rope from left to right.
And to add some serious aerobic work into your routine
In this move, complete three slams and then drop into three burpees. Keep this going for one minute with no rest.
For further ideas on how to maximise the benefits of rope training, talk to one of the personal trainers or fitness instructors in the gym.