Professional Battle Ropes for beginners & pros
The ultimate skipping rope challenge
Training with Battle Ropes might look easy but it can be extremely challenging. The ropes are between 10 and 20 m long and the trainee swings them in different ways to create waves that run towards the anchor. This involves your arms, shoulders, the core, and even your legs, creating an effective endurance training that can be a full workout on its own as well as a challenging finisher at the end of a workout.
The Battle Rope is fixed around a central anchor and the trainee holds both ends in their hands. Thus, you will need about half the rope length as training space. The number of exercises is surprisingly high: apart from the well-known waves (which can be done synchronously or alternatingly) you can run circles with your arms in front of your body, swing the rope horizontally (so it runs like two snakes towards the anchor point) or explosively move both ends simultaneously from one side of your body to the other side. If you change your body position during the exercises – e.g. doing lunges at the same time or swinging the rope from a plank position – you can intensify your rope workouts even more.
Common Battle Ropes are often made of hemp or nylon. These materials, however, are not the best choice for training ropes. They are not flexible enough for optimal waves and not suitable for outdoor training. Blackthorn Battle Ropes are made of polyester and manufactured with a complex weaving technique. This makes them heavier than other training ropes and, at the same time, more flexible. A stabilizing rope core is sewn up with the outer layer, guaranteeing that the Battle Ropes always keep their form. Additionally, Blackthorn Battle Ropes are UV-resistant and don’t soak up water. Thus, battling ropes by Blackthorn are not only suitable for indoor training but can also be used in outdoor trainings.
If you want to train with Battle Ropes you will need approximately half the rope length as training space. Additionally, you need two or three meters to the side at your position. So if your training space is 6 m long you should take the 10 m model. Use the maximum space you can use as the main factor when deciding on a Battle Rope length. The rope length only influences your training directly if you want to reach the anchor with your waves. The longer the rope the better you can adjust the difficulty of the exercises by changing the distance the waves cover.
Blackthorn Battle Ropes are available in three diameters: 30 mm, 35 mm, and 40 mm. The diameter of the rope directly influences the difficulty of the exercises because it determines the weight of the training rope. Thicker ropes demand more effort and strength in order to make waves. In connection with the different lengths the Battle Ropes by Blackthorn range from 5.5 kg to 24 kg.
Training ropes by Blackthorn are suitable for beginners as well as professional athletes, depending on the respective model. If you are new to rope training a model with a maximum weight of 8 kg (17.6 lb) is the best choice. Advanced trainees can go as high as 11.5 kg (23 lb). And Battle Rope pros choose the models that start at 14 kg (31 lb).
As warm-up to a workout, for burning fat, as cardio or coordination training – the jump rope offers a lot of potential and has taken its rightful place in fitness training. The jump rope is an excellent functional training tool for full body training. While other cardio machines like steppers or bikes only target the lower body, the skipping rope uses the whole body. That makes it significantly more effective than other cardio alternatives. In only 15 minutes you can burn up to 500 calories!
Most skipping ropes are optimized for speed and, thus, as light as possible. The Blackthorn Battle Jump Rope, however, goes into a different direction: the Jump Rope is a 3 m long version of our Battle Ropes! With diameters between 30 and 40 mm the Battle Jump Rope is considerably heavier than any other skipping rope and aimed at only the strongest athletes among you.
Common jump ropes weigh around 300 g, the lightest Blackthorn Battle Jump Rope weighs 1.7 kg! The 40 mm model even weighs 2.8 kg. So using the Blackthorn Jump Ropes not only gives you an extremely challenging cardio training but also trains grip strength and shoulder stability.
The Jump Rope by Blackthorn is made of polyester with a special weaving technique. Even though the rope is significantly heavier than common nylon ropes it has outstanding flexibility and is well-suited for rope jumping. The rubber handles offer a good grip and protect the rope from sweat.
We use the Battle Rope for strength-endurance, cardio, and circuit training and appreciate its versatility. We can do a holistic full-body workout with our athletes. Our favorite exercise are single arm waves from a plank position.
Battle Ropes by Blackthorn are the ultimate tools for endurance training. At the same time, you can improve strength and coordination.