by Christopher Nash, PJCC Personal Trainer
Kevin, a fit software engineer, wanted to pursue cardio training. However, the 50-year old was concerned that running would be hard on his already-bad knees, the collateral damage of a 30-year love for soccer. He had also had a hip replaced the previous year. When Kevin asked me about cardio alternatives to running, I shared several workout options, including a little-known fitness routine called Battle Ropes.
Originally developed for specific sports such as football and martial arts, Battle Rope training is a highly effective, back-to-basics type of conditioning that is “roping in” fans with its new twist to standard workouts. The rope is used as a tool that manipulates the user’s body weight while providing a safe and very intense low-impact workout. Using a thick, sturdy rope approximately 50 feet in length, the constant whipping motion helps tone muscles while increasing endurance and upper-body strength. Done correctly, a Battle Rope workout:
- Burns calories and tones muscle
- Simultaneous combines core, cardio and strength training
- Cultivates flexibility, posture correction, and stamina
As I coached Kevin through typical battle rope movements, he noticed that within ten short minutes he was sweating. A lot. His feet weren’t even moving and yet his entire body was fully engaged, every muscle feeling as if he’d just ran five miles on the treadmill. After a 30-minute workout, he said, “I’ve never felt my body work this way, like every muscle was hit.” He was delighted to find an effective solution to his fitness limitations.
Battle Rope Training, along with other types of new body weight manipulation workout tools, revolves around scientific facts that are changing the way the fitness industry perceive fitness training. Physical limitations need not exclude exercise. Talk to a fitness instructor and share any concerns you may have. With the right tools, coaching, and guidance, you can meet and even exceed your fitness needs.