By Chris Prew
The concept behind the Battling Rope is quite simple. It’s simply a long length of rope that’s either attached to a wall or doubled up and slipped over a metal pole. Exercises require the whole body, but really focuses on the core, back, shoulders and arms .
The concept behind kids using the battling rope is not that simple. At first glance, almost every kid thinks we are having a tug o’ war; which isn’t the worst idea. As I begin to teach them the proper form, each child gets antsy and just wants to try it already. After all, it is pretty intriguing while watching somebody else, so I can’t blame them. I pass on the rope and it becomes clear that maintaining proper foot positioning could be the most difficult aspect. You exercise by using a sort of whipping motion with your arms, and in doing so your whole body naturally wants to fall forward- that is just what happens to each kid.
The idea of these exercises is to build strength, yes, but it’s a strength that has a lasting power. It’s all about duration. The motions use muscles rarely used in the arms, back, and abdomen, and since you do these motions repeatedly over and over, in time it will build incredible stamina. This is stamina that you can count on in hard situations, be it sports or other physical activities.
As you work out, you will find that you both push and pull simultaneously. Weight lifting builds strength, too, but nothing can give you the sustainable strength that using a Battling Rope can; which is why, we, at Athletes Edge, will continue to use this exercise.