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What is Battle Rope?

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Author: Phil Scaggs, Right Rope Founder4th Dec 2023

What sets our battle rope apart is the high-quality rope we use. Our ropes are stronger, firmer, and offer better abrasion resistance for tough workouts. Click here to shop our battle rope collection or keep scrolling to learn more!

In this blog, we will answer the following questions:

  • What is a battle rope?
  • Which size is best?
  • What sets our battle ropes apart?
  • Why polyester instead of Manila?
  • Why workout with battle ropes?

What is battle rope?

A battle rope is usually 30 - 50 feet in length and used for high-intensity interval training, cardio, and other strength and speed training exercises.

They are typically 1 ½ inches in diameter handles on both ends for comfort and grip. The first battle ropes were made of natural fiber manila rope, and later versions are a blend of polyester and other synthetic materials.

Which size is best?

For most people, battle ropes with a diameter of an inch and a half will be best. This is thick enough to give you a good workout but small enough to fit within your hands.

When considering what length of rope is best for you, first think about the space you have available. If you are using one battle rope, you will need space for ½ of the length of the rope. For example, for a 30-foot rope, you will need at least 15 feet of space. For a 50 foot rope, you need at least 25 feet of space. The shorter ropes are a little easier to use, and the longer ropes are for higher levels of intensity.

What sets our battle ropes apart?

We sell 4 different battle ropes that can be either 30, 40, or 50 feet long. Right Rope's battle ropes come with heavy-duty heat shrink handles on both ends for additional grip and protection from wear.

Our natural fiber manila battle rope is the 'classic' option. Our premium battle ropes are made from high-tenacity polyester over polyolefin core yarns. It has cabled yarns and a firmer lay, which allows for better abrasion resistance, higher strength, and better durability. Lesser quality battle ropes are lighter and won’t last as long.

Premium Braided Battle Rope                            Manila Battle Rope

Twisted Polyester Battle Rope - Black          Twisted Polyester Battle Rope - White Red

Why polyester instead of manila?

Our polyester blend is stronger than natural Manila. It will last longer, does not shed, and won’t give you splinters. It’s a cleaner, stronger rope, that’s easier to use in a variety of locations, without leaving a mess behind.

Why workout with battle ropes?

Using battle ropes to burn calories is great because minimal fitness equipment is required and you get a full-body workout. Many gyms have battle ropes available, but they’re also great for working out at your home gym. Besides the rope and anchor, no other equipment is needed. Exercising with battle ropes will give you an adrenaline-rushing full-body workout.

Battle rope exercises are great for circuit training or (HIIT) high-intensity interval training workouts. Beginners using battle ropes may try a 30-second cycle followed by a 60-second break. Following this pattern for several intervals can burn serious calories, and as you build endurance, you can shorten the break to 30 or 20 seconds. 

This type of workout is a great way to boost your metabolism and endurance while doing a strength training exercise. Doing a battle rope workout gives you the flexibility to choose which muscle groups to target. You can work your arms, shoulders, core, and legs all at the same time.

During your battle rope workout, you certainly will work your arm muscles, but if you want to incorporate your lower body, you can try lunges or moving from side to side while keeping your arms in constant motion. 

To put the emphasis on your core, you could stay seated with your legs raised while moving the ropes from side to side. Another strategy for working your core is to make unilateral waves instead of bilateral waves while working out. When using battle ropes to make unilateral waves, you will alternate your hands up and down in opposite directions, when making bilateral waves, leave your hands in the same position while moving up and down.

Another great benefit about using battle ropes is that it’s possible to use them while sitting or kneeling. This can be great for those who are recovering from an injury but want to keep training and continue to build their endurance and strength. This is a low-impact activity that does not put excessive strain on your joints. 

Overall, doing a battle rope workout is a great way to work your entire body and improve your endurance and strength.

If you are still unsure of which rope is right for you or if you have other questions about rope, we’d be happy to talk with you. We want to get you the right rope at the right price.

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