Battle Ropes – Proper Technique Explained!


What we’re going to cover today is basic battling
ropes. Battle ropes were created by John Brookfield,
who is basically a pioneer of grip strength, conditioning tools, and band tools, and everything
else…and applications of all those tools. Battling ropes have become very popular with
all different types of athletes for conditioning purposes. One of those, of course, is MMA, but the application
is extremely broad. One of the things about it, which is actually
being done incorrectly by a lot of people, is how they stand. A lot of people are doing a half-squat, leaning
backwards, keeping the rope really tight, and just moving their arms. While that would create a conditioning effect,
it’s not an optimal conditioning effect. It’s not what I would call an athletic conditioning
effect. So, the stance I have all of my athletes do,
including myself is a basic athletic stance. The basic athletic stance is approximately
shoulder-width, or a little greater, slightly bend your knees and lean forward in a basic
athletic stance. From the side it looks like this; bend your
knees slightly, keep good back posture, and have your head up. Another reason you want to bend your legs
and lean forward slightly is for those that are much lighter and me, once you get going
at a certain speed the ropes are going to want to pull you. If that happens, then you can sit harder and
backwards without leaning backwards; you want to sit backwards. So if I had some really good speed on this,
I can sit a little harder instead of leaning back because the ropes are pulling me forward,
and doing the motion wrong. There are two grips — two basic grips — that
you have to worry about: hammer grip and forehand grip. That’s it. Just make sure that regardless of which grip,
get the ends of the rope whenever you’re going to use them. Another general rule is, whenever you’re doing
any of the rope movements, especially the alternating wave or the double wave, which
we’re going to cover here in a second, the range of motion for your hand is going to
be from head — approximately the forehead — to thigh. So if I just do my right side it’s going to
be head-thigh each time. That keeps good tension on the rope and I
can keep rhythm with that. You don’t want to go too high, and you don’t
want to drop down and to too low, because you’re going to be doing too much body movement. So you want to stay in that athletic position. I’m going to use hammer grip, and the first
rope movement is double wave. So double wave…just going to be, remember,
from thigh to head. Just like that. You want to have a rhythm when you’re doing
this particular battle rope movement, or the alternating wave movement… …which the next one is alternating wave.

13 Replies to “Battle Ropes – Proper Technique Explained!”

  1. thanks, was wondering about proper stance and normal range of motion for your hands…all the other videos just so guys working out so thank you for taking the time to explain it in detail…proper form is half the battle

  2. Great explanation. If you want superior quality battleropes at the lowest prices checkout ropefit.net

  3. My trainer taught me to keep my arms straight from the shoulder down to my wrists, and to maintain a straight back with no swaying forward or backward, or no bouncing in the knees, with my head and eyes facing upward at about 15 degrees from the horizon.  I've noticed that this posture places a greater demand on my core muscles.

  4. Thank you so much for this information. I think I was doing it all wrong in the first place. Now I can start over and do it correctly. Maybe I won't be hurting my knee as much. Again thank you. 

  5. Damn it! Wish I watched this video before I tried doing battle rope! I bet I looked like a fool! Workout fail.

  6. Thanks! Very well explained….My stance was a little off cant wait to try again tomorrow. I wanna do this as an alternative to running

  7. Nice video….can u do us a favor n make a vid with diff variations of rope exercises and also the body parts it affects, like variation to hit chest, shoulder, lats n so on. There r many vids bt 1.they dont have right technique. 2 Though we can c the variations, I cant actually make out which exercises focuses on which body part. Thanks.

  8. knew something was wrong with how i used them so i searched for tips! this helped a lot! gonna try the hammer grip

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