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    Using heavy ropes for HIIT?

    I was watching a couple of guys in the gym today. They were using heavy ropes to do what appeared to be a HIIT workout. They were cycling these with kettlebell swings and step ups.

    I was finishing up my workout and they were out of the gym before I had a chance to ask them about what they were doing. I thought it looked intense, interesting, and might be neat to try.

    Does anybody here use heavy ropes in their workouts? If so, any suggestions, dos/don'ts, and routine tips?

    Thanks,
    Ray
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    Its called battling ropes. It is in vogue in the MMA community.
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    Have you used them?
    I have walked that long road ... I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest...to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, ... and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended. ---Nelson Mandela
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    Originally Posted by pastorgbc View Post
    Have you used them?
    No. No harm in doing so though and would if I found a place to do so.
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    I did a search on Battle Ropes and some interesting things came up. I have put together the following workout, which will take about 15 minutes to complete, and I am going to incorporate this as a HIIT regimen for the next few weeks:

    1. Alternating waves - 30 seconds, with 10 jumping jacks holding the ropes
    30 seconds rest
    2. Tsumnamis - 30 seconds, with 10 jumpings jacks holding the ropes
    30 seconds rest
    3. Grappler throws - 30 seconds, with 10 jumping jacks holding the ropes
    30 seconds rest
    4. Side to side waves - 30 seconds, with 10 jumping jacks holding the ropes
    1 minute rest

    Repeat cycle two more times

    I'll let you know what happens.

    Ray
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    Sounds cool Ray. Always looking for a new way to do carditioning.

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    Originally Posted by pastorgbc View Post
    I did a search on Battle Ropes and some interesting things came up. I have put together the following workout, which will take about 15 minutes to complete, and I am going to incorporate this as a HIIT regimen for the next few weeks:

    1. Alternating waves - 30 seconds, with 10 jumping jacks holding the ropes
    30 seconds rest
    2. Tsumnamis - 30 seconds, with 10 jumpings jacks holding the ropes
    30 seconds rest
    3. Grappler throws - 30 seconds, with 10 jumping jacks holding the ropes
    30 seconds rest
    4. Side to side waves - 30 seconds, with 10 jumping jacks holding the ropes
    1 minute rest

    Repeat cycle two more times

    I'll let you know what happens.

    Ray
    Most mma circuits are 5 minutes long, as that is the length of a match. Of course, I am old school and something just keeps me thinking that perhaps, just perhaps at some point some where, a real fight may actually last longer than that.
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    I've done them - hard stuff, it really gets the heart rate up. With that said, I hated it as it didn't seem to do as much as weights for size or strength.
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    Originally Posted by JimmyVee View Post
    I've done them - hard stuff, it really gets the heart rate up. With that said, I hated it as it didn't seem to do as much as weights for size or strength.
    I am going to do it along with my lifting schedule.

    I plan to use this as my cardio in the form of HIIT.

    Ray
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    Just did my first battling rope workout

    And I am exhausted head to toe.

    I thought I was in good shape, but this workout really took a lot to get through.

    Some observations:

    1. Jumping jacks with the rope in your hands is a killer. The first time through was fine. On the second set, leaving the floor was a chore.

    2. The tsunami movement blasts your core big time.

    3. The heart rate gets racing (at least mine did). I also was sweating like a pig, and it was just 15 minutes.

    I can't wait to do it again.

    Ray
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    Reviving an old thread here... But I have to say this little battle rope HIIT routine is great! I was searching the web for some HIIT workout ideas that involved the ropes and this was one of the top results. I completed the routine today and is completely drained me! I too was sweating like crazy. This is definitely going to be a part of my regular cardio from now on.

    Thanks for the original post!
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