The art of ‘battling rope’ was pioneered by John Brookfield, a strongman known for ripping 60 decks of cards in half in 60 seconds. Brookfield trained with battle ropes by maneuvering them in a variety of both linear and circular motions to create a peak heart rate in an athlete. Battle ropes are commonly used as a high intensity interval training (HIIT) tool to develop an athlete’s power, explosiveness, as well as their anaerobic and aerobic endurance.
Battle ropes come in all shapes and sizes, typically ranging from 26-50ft in length, and are anywhere between 1 to 2 inches thick. Their weight can vary greatly, depending on the length and thickness of the rope. When used in training, the rope is wrapped around an anchor point, and an athlete holds the rope at its end point, which is usually wrapped in thick tape.
- Low impact training
- Unilateral dominance/imbalance
- It’s functional fitness
- Helps to develop mental toughness
- It’s fun!