Top 10 Reasons To Use Workout Ropes
Workout ropes go by many names including thick ropes, power ropes, exercise ropes, battling ropes, training ropes, undulation ropes, conditioning ropes, combat ropes, and in our case, Muscle Ropes. Call them whatever you want, but more importantly, just start using one! Below are the top 10 reasons why you should use workout ropes:
1. Workout ropes are affordable. Workout ropes are inexpensive yet highly effective. The average rope costs less than a new pair of shoes! Muscle Ropes most affordable undulation rope is a 30 foot manila rope for only $64.95. For ropes that are even easier on your wallet, try a utility rope for grip work ($19.95) or a giant jump rope ($24.95).
2. Workout ropes are convenient. Ropes can be used anytime and anywhere. As long as you have your rope and an anchor (tree, pole, weighted prowler, etc), you’re good to go.
3. Workout ropes are versatile. You can use them to climb, pull, or do undulation exercises to name a few. They can also be used alone or as a team. Watch these videos to see how many ways you can workout using just one rope. Don't be afraid to get creative!
4. Workout ropes are scalable to your fitness level. The longer and thicker the rope, the more difficult the workout. If a 50-foot rope is too hard for you, you can tie a knot in the middle to make it a 30-foot rope. The rope can then be lengthened as your strength improves.
5. Workout ropes are portable. You can wind them up like a garden hose and take them wherever you wish. Some places we like to take our ropes are to the beach, the park, or a friend’s home gym.
6. Workout ropes can be used in high intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT is repeated bouts of short duration high intensity exercise. An example of HIIT using ropes by Chris Martinez at Simply Shredded is as follows:
- 5 minute moderate jump rope for warm up
- 3-5 sets of 10-30 second intervals (waves, slams, throws, spirals, whips) with 45-60 seconds of rest in between intervals
- 5 minutes of moderate jump rope to cool down
7. Workout ropes give you an incredible full body workout. Using workout ropes improves strength and endurance by engaging your whole body including the muscles of the hands (grip), forearms, shoulders, back, legs (incorporating squats and lunges), abs, and core.
8. Workout ropes are simple by design. Anyone of any age or ability level can learn to use a workout rope with ease. From beginner to professional and child to adult, ropes are easy to incorporate into your exercise routine.
9. Workout ropes are low impact. Due to the fluid motion of rope exercises, they place very little strain on your joints, while offering a high intensity workout at the same time.
10. Workout ropes are not only fun, but add variability to your routine. The body gets used to doing the same repetitive exercises time and time again. Once the body gets good at a routine, it doesn't have to work as hard. Often times, people will make great progress in the beginning, but then slow down and "hit a plateau." The best way to get past a plateau is to add variation to your exercise routine to challenge your body and keep it on its toes. And from a mental perspective, variation will also keep you from getting bored!