5 Benefits Of Battling Ropes
This article first appeared on StrongFitnessMagazine.com
There are numerous benefits of using Battling Ropes in your training, but here are 5:
1. Improved Cardiovascular Capacity
When it comes to cardio, think about battling ropes as sprinting for the upper body. High intensity, high-speed movements like battling ropes will crank up your cardiovascular capacity very quickly.
2. Maximum Caloric Burn
When small muscles have to do big work this will drive up caloric expenditure fast. With the forearms, biceps, triceps and shoulders moving at a high speed under tension you will burn a lot of calories in a short period of time.
3. Improved Body Composition Changes
Bottom line is if you want to lose fat and build muscle, adding Battling Ropes into your workouts will help tremendously. Ropes will help you burn fat and build muscle at the same time. Add in the EPOC (Excessive Post Oxygen Consumption), aka “after burn”, you get from this versatile tool, and you will be burning more calories even after your workout is over.
4. Improved Timing & Coordination
Battling ropes are great for athletes looking to improving timing and coordination. Add in battling ropes, jumps, shuffles, kneeling down, moving backwards and forwards, and you can make a battling rope workout become a full body workout for athletic training as well.
5. Improved Mental Toughness
When it comes to making gains and getting results never underestimate the importance of mental toughness. A intense workout using battling ropes will test your mental toughnesss without running your body into the ground.
Rob King is a Competitive PowerLifter, Coach and Writer.