How Do Battle Ropes Work?
Aug 26, 2019
In my observation there are three types of people when it comes to battle ropes. These three types of people will provide context for how battle ropes work.
The first type of person loves the intensity and challenge that the battle rope provides. Even if they don't know how they work, this person knows that they work. Why else would this person's arms, abs, and upper back get so pumped and fatigued?
The second type of person looks at the battle rope, and immediately sees it as a joke, because it isn't what they do.
The third type of person treats the rope like all other resistance tool in the gym. As long as they can feel resistance with the battle rope, they know it works, at least to some degree.
Each person has decided to use (or not use) the ropes based off of their past experiences. Their past is limiting their abilities to use the ropes well.
Choosing to see a tool like the battle rope based off of their past experience with other tools, would be like trying to start a business in Saudi Arabia, while using American knowledge and experience.
We know that business will have similar principles and concepts. The environment, language, and culture of Saudi Arabia versus America will be very different. So even if I understand business well, I need to learn the language, culture, and environment if I am to be a successful business person.
In much the same way, I want to introduce a fourth type of person, when it comes to the battle ropes. This person understands the basic concepts and principles of training. They understand adaptation, power output, basic human movements, and basic resistance tools. They use barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, and body weight well. This person understands that the battle rope is a different type of tool. Much like the American business person in Saudi Arabia, she is looking for knowledge and experience of how the battle ropes work. Then she can put this tool to work for her.
The first biggest difference, is that force production and power output is measured in waves, not amplified gravity (like barbells, dumbbells, kettlebell, etc.). This means that producing more force, waves need to be either bigger/faster, as opposed to heavier. Instead of moving away from the anchor to feel the resistance/tension of the rope, move toward the anchor. Now, the rope waves get faster/bigger, increasing force from the person creating the waves.
The second biggest difference, is that the ropes are dynamic in the way in which the body can move them. A person that creates waves, can create as many movement patterns as they can conceive. This allows for more planes of motion, and more kinetic chains to be engaged in battle ropes training.
The third biggest difference, is that the rope material is static (meaning it does not stretch). For every movement the body creates, it will be displayed down the length of the rope. For instance, if I create a circular wave, it will be transmitted down the length of the rope in a distance that is equal to the power that I created the circular wave.
These are the biggest three differences, helping describe how the battle ropes work.
Once a person understands the knowledge of battle ropes, they no longer have to be person one, two, or three. Now they can become person four, and use the ropes effectively.
As you understand how the battle ropes work, you can build better results with the rope.
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