The Three Biggest Mistakes When Using Battle Ropes

 

I am sure you have seen this all the time on Instagram or YouTube.

You may even be doing one or all of these mistakes with your battle rope.

I know I did, when I first starting creating waves with the ropes.

It is easy to do, when you don't understand how the waves create force for improved power, strength, or endurance.

These are the three biggest mistakes when using the battle ropes:

  1. Too Much Tension In Your Battle Rope
  2. Gripping Too Hard
  3. Bending Down Too Far "Taco'ing"

We mainly use resistance to train, like weights, dumbbells, etc., so it feels weird when we don't have to immediately fight the tool's tension. This is usually why there is too much tension in your battle ropes, either that, or you want your waves to move down the rope easier (but easier doesn't mean you are getting stronger).

When we have too much tension, or we are not familiar with a tool, our body tends to overcompensate with too much muscular engagement. This is the same with the rope. The tension from...

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What Size Kettlebell?

Uncategorized Jun 19, 2019
 
What is a good starting weight for kettlebells?
 
So you’re sold on the idea that kettlebells can make you stronger. Welcome to the club. Now it’s time to pick a bell (or three) to add to your training arsenal. Here is what you should know before getting started with kettlebells.
 
It’s easy to get caught up in the "bigger is better" mentality and want to grab a few heavy bells. The truth is you want to master with full control each weight before moving on to the next. Certain movements will require heavier bells, but others will need almost excessively light ones especially as you start things off. 
 
The first thing you want to take into account is if you have any injuries or issues particularly when it comes to you shoulders, back, wrists, elbows, or hips. These areas tend to get aggravated quickly so you want be careful before trying too much. 
 
If there aren’t any serious pre-existing issues then let’s move onto the...
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Will Battle Ropes Get You Ripped?

 

If you are looking for a tool that will give you the power, strength, and endurance necessary to get you ripped, the battle ropes will provide all of it and more.

When training to get ripped, there is a hefty amount of adaptation that must be done in the kitchen, which we can help you get started here: https://www.living.fit/offers/FCsJmXHm/checkout

That is not to say, muscles will start to pop and shred, as soon as the diet cleans up....there will be ample work in the gym to get your musculature primed and pumped.

Cue The Battle Ropes

With a program that creates muscular engagement and maximum power, and then ample amounts of strength and strength endurance, followed by great aerobic conditioning and calorie burning, you will be on the right path to that ripped look.

Now all you need is some consistency and time with your diet and exercise, and even the overweight, skinny fat, or hard-gainers will enjoy the adaptation process as your body starts to change toward a lean and...

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Top Three Reasons Battle Ropes Can Help Your CrossFit Training

 

Crossfit took the fitness industry by storm more than a decade ago, and has improved the attitude and use of high intensity training, interval training, and mixing cardio with heavy weights.

It has also come with its fair share of issues, but with those issues, Crossfit coaches and gyms are searching and pursuing more education and improvements in programming, exercise selection, and modalities to continue to improve the quality of their coaching and programs.

One of the modalities that I have noticed being added to Crossfit gyms (as well as all other gyms and facilities), is battle ropes. This increase of battle ropes in all gyms, including Crossfit boxes, comes with an intrinsic need for education about this tool. For although it seems intuitive (for many exercises with the battle rope, it is) I have not seen an understanding of this highly versatile (albeit misunderstood) training tool.

One of the biggest issues, I have noticed is using the tool like one would use weights, by...

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A Kettlebell a Day Keeps the Weakness Away

kettlebells May 31, 2019
 
Kettlebells have the uncanny ability of creating a stronger overall connection. They may not be the best for building maximal strength in certain areas compared to a barbell, but as a tool to create awareness, explosive power, connection and structural integrity of your entire system they really can’t be beat.
 
What you get is what you give and your results will be directly correlated to which movements you choose and how often you do them. The kettlebell already offers a set of unique benefits due to the anatomy of the bell. 
 
The offset nature forces more tension and increases the grip work needed which creates more stability through your upper extremities and shoulders. This is without doing anything other than maintaining a racked position (when the kettlebell is nestled between your forearm and bicep). In my opinion this is the best example of what delivers the “odd strength” you get from kettlebells. It’s not just pressing and...
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3 Ways to Improve Crossfit Results with Kettlebells

crossfit kettlebell flow May 28, 2019
 
Video above: Kettlebell Flow Demonstration discussed in #3
 
Most athletes play to their strengths and those doing WODs are no exception. Typically the focus is on the same few movements performed in a high intensity format with the goal being to demolish your time or that of your gym buddy. We believe there are some ways that you could incorporate kettlebells into your WODs to improve your all around results. 
 
In recent times many who were staunch Crossfit only athletes have started to evolve adding in active recovery work as well as joint healthy fun. However, as I have witnessed time and time again with many athletes there are still a huge sect of followers who perform the workouts from HQ to a T with little to no deviation or though of improvement. Here are three ways you can incorporate kettlebells into your burpees and double-unders that will make you a more resilient, well-rounded athlete and perform better in your WODs.
 
Kettlebell Addition #1:...
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3 Tips for Creating Your Own Program

kettlebell May 22, 2019
 
The question “How do I put a program together?”  finds its way into my inbox at least a few times a week about kettlebell training. For benefits on kettlebell swings, check out this post!
 
The reality is there are THOUSANDS of programs around (most of these are just variations) and many (not all) of them work extremely well. There’s a lot of knowledge and experience that goes into creating programs and it obviously depends on the level of the user. Since these are typically in the form of Instagram DMs I’m going to assume these aren’t Olympic-level athletes. 
 
With that said, this post is going to help you do one of two things:
 
It’s is going to help you put together a basic program for yourself with kettlebells
 
or
 
It will help you decide on something that's already out there.
 
Here are the three things.
 
1. Know Your Outcome.
The problem with most programs is that they are a generic “one...
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What is the Best Battle Rope and Why?

battle ropes Apr 03, 2019

 

Most battle ropes are made out of poly dacron fibers, which are very strong, durable, and moderate weight for their size and tensile strength. Here are some other fibers used to make ropes:


Fiber Type

Strengths

Weaknesses

Poly Dacron

Strong, Durable, Moderate Weight, Most Common, Easily twisted and braided

Not good if exposed to outside surfaces such as sand, bark, dirt, asphalt, and rough cement (like sidewalks and driveways)

Nylon

Strong, Durable

Expensive, Heavy, Not good if exposed to outside surfaces such as sand, bark, dirt, asphalt, and rough cement (like sidewalks and driveways)

Manila/Hemp

Inexpensive

Not as strong, not as durable (sheds), Not good if exposed to outside surfaces such as sand, bark, dirt, asphalt, and rough cement (like sidewalks and driveways)

Polyethylene

Great for outdoor use, except on rough cement

Sheds a waxy/plastic fiber with indoor use, Not good if exposed to surfaces such as asphalt, and rough...

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5 Reasons You Should Be Swinging + Variations

kettlebells Mar 19, 2019
 
When most people think of a kettlebell and what to do with it, the first thing that comes to mind is the swing. For most kettlebell enthusiasts it has become second nature, but to those who have never picked up a kettlebell it definitely looks awkward. Swinging a weight between one’s legs is typically frowned upon in a gym setting.  
 
If you are doing them, great! Here are a few tips on how to get more from swings and if you are not swinging, why you should get started.
 
First of all why should we do them? The swing is a powerful movement that is (fairly) easy to learn with incredible benefits for all levels of athletes. Let us break them down: 
 

Builds a powerful backside  

Anytime you are in a hinge position (think hips back with straight, but not locked out legs) you are going to be working your posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, back). Combine some power behind it and not only are you building elasticity of the musculature, you are also...
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Living.Fit Battle Ropes Advanced 2 Day Certification

battle rope Mar 07, 2019

The recent attendants of the Living.Fit Battle Ropes Certifications, continue to talk about getting way more than they expected once the two-day education epic event is over, and they quickly realize there is even more education within the methodologies of battle ropes and metabolic programming.

When most attendants sign up, they expect an encyclopedia of battle rope exercises that they can use to train and impress themselves, their clients, and their followers on social media. Yet, they are all in for a surprise, because what they learn gives them an infinite number of exercises with the battle ropes and even all the other tools in the gym and at home.

Each participant learns programming principles, movement variations, and ways to leverage force and power output to create any transformation that is physiologically possible. (Not to mention the psychological advantages and stories that will resonate with them for the rest of their life!)

The Battle Rope is an effective tool for...

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