Go to war on body fat

Get to grips with bat­tle ropes for supreme up­per-body con­di­tion­ing

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

Bat­tle ropes are among those items of train­ing equip­ment that look really cool – if you know how to use them. If you don’t, you’re more likely to end up do­ing some­thing that leaves other gym-go­ers dou­bled up in stitches. As ever, we’re here to help you stride on to the gym floor with con­fi­dence by giv­ing you an ex­pert guide on how to use them. But first, let’s look at why you’d want to, be­cause “it looks cool” doesn’t count as a le­git­i­mate train­ing rea­son.

”For any sport that de­mands up­per-body con­di­tion­ing, like rugby, MMA or CrossFit, ropes are a very use­ful tool be­cause of the amount of con­di­tion­ing you can get from them,” says top per­sonal trainer Tom Eastham (@Eastham­sFit­ness). “For max­i­mum ef­fect, fo­cus on main­tain­ing the in­ten­sity of the mo­tion from start to fin­ish, no mat­ter how much it burns.”

In fact, if it’s up­per-body con­di­tion­ing you want, bat­tle ropes are the best tool. “It’s hard to get it from any­thing else with­out se­ri­ous fa­tigue,’ says Eastham. “Sure, you can max out on press-ups and sus­pen­sion rows, but you won’t be work­ing for very long. The ropes will fa­tigue your car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem be­fore your mus­cles give in.”

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