Russell Hurst on Why Ropes Are A Great Way To Get A Workout

Guest Post: Why Ropes Are A Great Way To Get A Workout, by Russell Hurst
A few years ago, people started contacting me looking for advice on which type of rope would be best for exercising with. I can’t say I was surprised that people had now started to use ropes as part of their exercise regime either, as they are very versatile and can be used to exercise almost every part of the body.

Skipping Ropes

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Skipping rope - a childhood favourite
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While skipping ropes might be more associated with children, they can also be used as a great exercise tool as part of a cardio or weight-loss programme by helping to increase your heart rate, boost your lung capacity and burn off excess fat. In addition, by using different skipping routines and workouts, it’s also a great way to improve your reflexes and agility too. The great thing about using a skipping rope is that it can be made into a fun activity. This is particularly true if you have children, as you can make a game of it with them and actually enjoy your workout. By doing this, you’re also setting a great example for your kids as well, as you’re showing them that doing exercise can be fun.

Climbing Rope

In the same vein, a climbing rope is another thing we associate with childhood and school PE lessons, but even as an adult, it’s still a great way of doing an intense, fat-burning workout that also builds strength in both your arms and legs too.

Ring Sets

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Ring sets - great for budding Olympians!
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Furthermore, do you know those ring sets that gymnasts compete on at the Olympics, and how effortless they can make it look at times? That skill and seemingly effortless ability is down to years of practice, honing the strength and mobility of their arms and upper body. While you may not be able to get to an Olympic standard of ability, gym ring sets are still a great way to build up strength in your arms and upper body and increase the suppleness of your joints. While it will initially be very difficult at first, over time it will get easier as your build strength and mobility and get used to the equipment.

Battle Ropes

Finally, battle ropes can also be used for strength-building work, as well as conditioning work too. I should say that I particularly like battle ropes. And not just because I sell them either. I really do think that they are a fantastic piece of equipment, as battle ropes can be used to undertake a range of exercises. As well as being able to use it as a climbing rope (if space allows) as detailed above, 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 use them to work different parts of your arms and chest by creating waves, spirals or whips as demonstrated in the picture. As battle ropes can be used to create different exercises that work different parts of the body, this means that they alone are great for creating whole-body workouts if you can’t afford to buy the entire set of ropes I’m outlining in this piece.
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Battle ropes - brilliant for strength training!
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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 may not need any other fitness equipment.

By mixing and matching the types of ropes you use, there is no reason why you can’t develop a workout that is comprehensive, works all the key muscle groups and which gives you both a strength-building and cardiovascular workout. For example, mixing some skipping rope routines with some battle rope work would give you both a strength and cardio workout, while also working both your upper and lower body.

Ultimately, it is about your level of existing ability, which parts of your body you want to work on and if there is a particular area, be it strength-building, cardio, weight loss or something else, that you want to focus on. Another reason why I like battle ropes is that they vary in length and thickness, just like skipping ropes too. Therefore, as you build your strength and cardio levels, you can also begin to build the length and thickness of the ropes you use to create a more challenging workout suited to your ever-increasing strength and cardiovascular ability.

Russell Hurst Ropes Direct
About The Author

Russell Hurst is the founder and managing director of the ropes supplier Ropes Direct. You can find him on Twitter @ropesdirect and also on Facebook.

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