Battle Rope Training Benefits
1. Low impact training
Minimal stress is placed on the joints when using battle ropes, with all the force applied to the muscular system.
2. Unilateral dominance/imbalance
When you train with battle ropes, you may realize that one side of your body may move differently than the other. It may generate a smaller wave, be more uncoordinated, etc. One of the benefits of battle rope training is that over time, these differences will go away as your body starts to balance itself out.
You can literally train with them anywhere. As long as you have enough space and a solid anchor point, you can do them at home, at the gym, or even outside.
4. It’s functional fitness
Battle rope training involves the entire body, training the neuromuscular system to apply force that begins at the core and extends through the extremities (both arms and legs). You’ll also develop a killer grip and increase your power output through exercises like power slams (see below). Furthermore, the high intensity, rapid nature of battle rope training means that you will develop an insane amount of muscular and cardiovascular endurance—not to mention burning a ton of fat in the process.
5. Helps to develop mental toughness
Developing mental toughness and learning to overcome obstacles are key attributes of successful athletes. When people start using the ropes, the idea of maintaining intensity over 1 minute seems like a pipe dream. Your lungs will be burning for air and the lactic acid in your muscles will make you want to cry. But with consistent training on the ropes, you’ll notice that your mental and physical thresholds have advanced further than you could have imagined. All of a sudden, Fran won’t seem that tough.
6. It’s fun!
While every WOD is different, the barbells and kettlebells can get a little boring. With battle ropes, you get to slam and twirl away to your heart’s content, all the while reaping the massive benefits from an impressive variety of exercises to choose from.