Get the top 10 reasons to use battle ropes with expert trainer and Muscle Ropes guest blogger, Steve Lutsk. As a personal trainer and one of the top fat loss experts in Los Angeles, Steve highly recommends using battle ropes. As a bonus he's included a special deal exclusively for Muscle Ropes customers at the bottom of this guest post!
If you’ve ever seen a Gatorade commercial, or seen any footage of professional athletes training, you’ve most likely seen them doing some cool stuff. They flip giant tires, swing kettlebells, and weave through cones at 100 MPH. One of the workouts that always piqued my interest is when you see them pounding their arms up and down with ropes in their hands. It’s not the type of exercise you see every day, but you have to consider that they’re professional athletes with world class trainers and they probably know what they’re doing. The rope that they’re using is a special kind of high quality rope known most commonly as “ battle ropes.”
One of my trainer friends introduced me to battle ropes a few years ago and I was instantly hooked. On my very first set my body was challenged in a way that no cardio machine, free weight, or jump rope had ever done before. I went to Muscleropes.com and ordered one THAT DAY. The more I used them and the more I researched their benefits, the more I fell in love with them. It was soon becoming the Sega Genesis of my work out arsenal. It wasn’t long before I got another, more light weight, battle rope, and one of their heavy jump ropes. After just a few workouts, battle ropes changed my entire body composition and made me more defined, stronger, and gave me more endurance than all my years of distance running.
Summer is just a few short weeks away so get your diet in check by reading my free report, “How To Get Ripped From Trader Joe’s For Under $50 A Week,” pick up a set of battle ropes from muscleropes.com and be ready to look your absolute best in your bathing suit this Summer. I promise you won’t regret it. If you’re not convinced yet, here are a few more reasons that battle ropes reign supreme.
Top 10 Reasons to Use Battle Ropes
1. The Workouts Are Fast
If you’re like me, you don’t always have 3 hours to kill at the gym. You need to make the most of your time by getting in a quick, yet efficient workout that is going to work all my muscles and not make me feel like I should have done more. There are some days where I only have 20 minutes to get in a quality session. If this is the case, my battle ropes are always the first thing I think of. Last week, me and a work out partner did an 18 minute battle rope interval workout that we both agreed was one of the hardest cardio sessions we ever experienced. We were each only a few drum beats away from running to the puke bucket. After the last set, there was NO QUESTION that we challenged ourselves enough (even though we could’ve gone another round if we really had to.)
2. Melt Fat Like A Maniac
If you’re doing a High Intensity Training, or HIIT Training work out with your battle ropes, you’re going to burn a ton of calories. I’m talking anywhere in the range of 300-500 calories per HALF HOUR! This is something that simply wouldn’t happen on a leisurely jog around your neighborhood. Not only are you burning calories during the actual work sets with your battle ropes, but in this style of training your metabolism is going to be revved up for up to 36 hours after you tuck your battle ropes back in to their bag. This “afterburn,” or EPOC effect is going to turn your body into a fat burning cyber robot. You’ll literally be burning additional calories when you sleep that night, and at your desk the next day. Battle rope workouts are one of my absolute favorite ways to achieve this. If you want to look your best in a bathing suit and you’re not using battle ropes, you’re cheating yourself.
3. Build Muscle And Burn Fat Simultaneously
When I work out I like to be as efficient as possible. Who has time for the old style of training where you lift weights for 60-90 minutes, then chug along on the treadmill for another 45 minutes to get your cardio work in? Before you know it, that’s almost 2 ½ hours down the drain. With battle ropes, you can kill two birds with one rope. Mix in short bursts of maximum heart rate battle rope undulations and not only will you build the muscles in your shoulders, biceps, and core, but you’ll simultaneously burn the fat around the muscles as well. What’s the point of having muscles if there’s a layer of Shamu blubber over them. Battle ropes are one of the most efficient ways to push your muscles and metabolism to another level at the same damn time.
4. Get Outside!
I live in Southern California so I train outdoors as much as I can. Why would you confine yourself to a crowded gym when you can breathe in the fresh outdoor air at a park, or even the beach? Unless you like the uber-fungal smell of locker rooms, or B.O. is your jam, you need to get outside. I bring my battle ropes to the park all the time. Not only do you get to enjoy the sun (or moonlight), but you can also get your recommended dose of vitamin D. Throw on some sun screen, grab your battle ropes and start drumming! If you live in a colder climate, you have no excuse. Rocky trained in the sub-zero temperatures of the Russian Winter, beat Ivan Drago, and single-handedly ended the cold war. (He trained with battle ropes but they cut the scene because it was too awesome.) Throw on a jacket and be a hero.
Muscleropes at the beach
5. Take Them Anywhere
Have you ever tried to travel with work out equipment? Most of it is heavy, bulky, and you need an SUV to lug it around. Unless you drive a Hummer, it doesn’t make sense to travel with barbells, and don’t even think about packing a spin bike anywhere. Battle ropes store easily in a small duffle bag, and even the biggest battle ropes are only about 30 lbs. They’re literally small enough to fit in your carry-on bag at the airport if you’re a work out maniac. I don’t necessarily recommend flying across the country with 50 feet of rope, but my point is that battle ropes are one of the easiest pieces of equipment to transport. They fit easily in a hatchback, and you can even throw them in a backpack and ride your bike around with them. Kettlebells are pretty small, but I don’t want to drive my Huffy with a 50 pound ball of steel strapped to my back. If you want to get a great workout at the beach and have even a little bit of space, battle ropes are probably going to be my first choice.
6. Keep It Fresh
With treadmills, elliptical machines, and stair-masters, there’s not much variety in the workouts. The only thing you can really do is change speeds, or maybe go backwards. A simple YouTube search for “battle rope workout” will give you enough ideas to last your entire life. You can easily do a different workout 3 times a day for the rest of your life. This is why I like battle ropes for both me, and my clients. I always change the amount of reps, the set/rest duration and mix in countless moves like “donkey kongs,” “ultimate warriors,” and “evil Santas” to keep me and my clients mind and muscles guessing. There’s no reason to ever repeat the same battle rope workout. Try my Muscle Rope workout if you want a quick 6 minute challenge. (There’s some amazing “Bro-nus” footage in there for you as well.)
7. A Toddler Can Set Them Up
Have you ever tried to set up cardio equipment from scratch? I have an un-assembled cable weight machine that’s been sitting in my garage for 2 years. (I’ll give you some free personal training if you can set it up for me…seriously) Trying to put together an exercise bike, a Nordic track, or even installing a pull-up bar is my worst nightmare. With battle ropes, all you need is an anchor point like a telephone poll, railing, or even your workout partner’s foot and you’re good to go right out of the box. I’ve put together enough IKEA furniture and the last thing I want is to have to follow poorly worded instruction manuals with hundreds of nuts and bolts. My 2 year old nephew can set up a battle rope station. You can literally get in to shred mode within 2 minutes of opening your battle rope box.
8. Low Impact/Big Results
Although battle rope workouts can be intense and brutal, you can tone them down to any fitness level. Whether you’re just starting out, recovering from an injury, or you have bone and joint problems, there’s a battle rope routine that can benefit you without pain or discomfort. Because the workouts use your body’s natural range of motion, you don’t have the negative restrictive aspects of common weight machines. There are also different weights of battle ropes so you can start light, and build up as you get stronger by choosing a longer length, a larger diameter, or a combination of both. If you need something low impact and don’t have access an aqua aerobics class, battle ropes are a great option.
9. Work Multiple Muscles At The Same Time
I mentioned earlier that I like my workouts to be fast and efficient. One of the ways I do this in both my workouts, and my client's workouts is to work multiple muscles at the same time. With battle ropes, you can instantly change from working both your legs and shoulders, to working your biceps and abs. That’s four different muscle groups in one set. Throw in some squats, lunges, or lateral shuffles with your upper body moves and you’ll be tapping out in no time. Sign me up!
10. Partner Up
I always prefer to train with a work out partner. It keeps me motivated, accountable, and prevents me from doing cheat reps. Accountability is one of the best reasons to hire a personal trainer. With battle ropes, you can easily have 4 people working out with one rope. When people are cheering your name, you’re much more likely to likely to push a little harder to finish your set. Using a simple interval rotation, your rest periods become your partner’s work period. Rotate around in a circuit and before you know it, there will be 4 sets of arms that are exhausted, and 4 sets of abs that are that much closer to being exposed. Who wants a 6-pack when you can have a 24 pack? Get a partner (or 3), grab your battle rope and take your training routine to the next level.
Steve Lutsk is a personal trainer, and one of the top fat loss experts in Los Angeles. His group training program is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most successful in Southern California. He specializes in hybrid Kettlebell, TRX, and Battle Rope workouts that challenge the body on multiple levels. Watch his videos on YouTube and download his free e-book "How To Get Ripped From Trader Joe's For Under $50 A Week." He is surprisingly good at nunchucks, and loves music by Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Foreigner. Muscle Ropes customers are welcome to 2 week free trial of his program by visiting Lutsktraining.com.