There is a new-workout hype in town and it involves heavy battle ropes featuring at fitness centers all across the United States.
What we would typically imagine as a tool that is more convenient and fit to hold ships in a harbor has become the to-go-to fitness tool in the majority of fitness centers across the U.S.
Thick, heavy, challenging battle ropes represent a take-on battle with yourself that is engaging, alert and fun.
Battle rope workouts stem from professional training of athletes and sports players, such as football, boxing, basketball. They are highly efficient in training the whole body for getting in the shape you always wanted. With the added perk that it never gets dull.
Now, battle ropes are going mainstream precisely for this reason. Whip, slam, drag and drum the ropes and you are guaranteed a new experience of training the body in a way that combines all the effects of cardio and weight workouts.
Jonathan Ross, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise announced the victors of battle ropes:
“It’s a little like running with the upper body, it’s not just using different muscles but training muscles in different ways.”
Author of Abs Revealed calls the rope workout a high-intensity training for both body and mind as it is a strenuous, strong-will powered routine. Become one with the rope Ross seems to be saying. The rope moves as you do and it mirrors the effort of the body to get you further motivated. Posture and coordination are the main elements of the workout.
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning featured in the April issue a large editorial on the benefits of battle ropes workout routines. Just ten minutes of training with the heavy anchored tools result in elevated heart rates and high calories loss.
Of course, the battle rope classes include a warm up segment followed by teams competing to see who can keep the wave and movement of the rope going for a long period of time.
These at times intimidating tools come in a variety of diameters and lengths. Posture and coordination that Ross was referring to mean that shoulder mobility as well as stability are a requirement.
The hype is in. And it seems it is here to stay. Crunch, the national chain of fitness centers, already created a group fitness class around battle ropes.
Battle rope workout is fantastic core training according to Donna Cyrus, the senior vice president at Crunch. All muscles from the abs to the gluteus are engaged in the high intensity battle-like training routine.
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