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...