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Battling ropes and 5 top reasons to use them

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Battling ropes are also known as undulation ropes and power ropes. The battling ropes system was founded, created and developed by John Brookfield in 2007 who has been a leader in the strength and fitness world for many years and is a multiple world record holder and author.

Some of his achievements include, performing 302 kettlebell snatches in ten minutes using a 53-pound kettlebell and using a 50-pound sledgehammer struck a tyre about thirty times a minute non-stop in an hour.

In the words of John Brookfield “The Battling Ropes produce incredible results because they introduce you to two new elements.  The first element will train your mind and body to maintain power over a greater period of time.  This power is a combination of strength and explosiveness.”

1. They make the workout fun

Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore it should be hard in order to achieve a ‘training effect’ ie; muscular and cardiovascular improvements, but in order to prevent boredom and keep motivation high exercise needs to be fun.  The dynamic, faster paced movements provide a good break from traditional weight lifting exercises using for example dumbbells, which are slower and controlled.

2. They provide variety to your workouts

Variety in your workout means you won’t hit a plateau and when you don’t hit a plateau you continue to keep getting awesome results.  When you keep getting results you are more inclined to stay motivated.

3. The movements are highly functional

Functional training is a classification of exercise, which involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life. Most gyms have a variety of weight training machines, which target and isolate specific muscles.  But the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their regular activities or sports.  Battling rope movements use the core muscles of the abdomen and lower back and the different exercises involve movements in different planes, which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries.

4. Great to incorporate into circuit and interval training

You have probably heard of High-intensity interval training (HIIT) which is an enhanced form of interval training, alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. One version of HIIT is Tabata regimen (8 x 20 seconds bouts of ultra intense exercise with just 10 second rest in between each cycle).  Due to the combination of strength and explosiveness required to execute the rope exercises this makes it a great tool for intense anaerobic exercise.

5. Deliver an awesome full body workout

Battling ropes improves strength and endurance by engaging your whole body including the muscles of the hands and forearms when gripping the ropes, the shoulders, back, glutes (bottom),  legs especially when incorporating squats and lunges and plyometric movements as well as core (abs & lower back)

If you haven’t used them and would like to experience them come along to Mind Body Boot Camp – Semi Private Personal Training Barking, which takes place on Saturdays 10-11am in Mayesbrook Park.

Or if you prefer you can also use them in 121 Personal Training Barking simply contact us for your FREE consultation

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