What Are The Benefits Of Battle Ropes?

Battle ropes might look intimidating, but don't let that stop you from giving them a try. Sometimes referred to as battling ropes, they come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. Some are made to attach one end to something sturdy, while others don't need to be anchored to anything (via LIVESTRONG). Ropes with smaller thicknesses — usually about 1½" in thickness — are ideal for beginners. However, longer and thicker ropes will make your workout more difficult. Most ropes are at least 50 feet long, but keep in mind that shorter ones are easier to work with.

If you've wondered about the safety of battle ropes, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) states that they are easy to learn to use and, because workouts can be easily modified, just about anyone of any age or fitness level can use them. Over time, your can improve your stability by incorporating battle ropes into your workout routine.

Battle ropes increase cardiovascular and physical strength

Another benefit of using battle ropes is that you'll develop some serious cardiovascular training. CrossFit coach Alison Heilig, CPT, told LIVESTRONG that using your arms to move the ropes is a lot of work, and because you're moving your arms quickly, "you can really get your heart rate up." Because you are engaging your arms more than your legs, battle ropes are an ideal exercise if you have a lower-body injury. Your arms will no doubt get stronger, but so will your core. Depending on which exercise you do, you can train your shoulders, back, core, legs, and glutes, per LIVESTRONG.

If you're new to using battle ropes, Heilig suggests practicing proper form and focusing on your core and your back to avoid any injuries. She also recommends leaving enough slack in the rope so you can move them more easily. An easy way to make any workout more challenging is to adjust the speed of your movements or the height of the waves when working the ropes.