Battle ropes. Over the last few years, they’ve become an increasingly popular piece of gym equipment – and it’s easy to understand why. They provide a high-intensity full-body workout, without placing too much strain on the joints, and can significantly improve both your strength and cardiovascular fitness.
With COVID-19, gyms up and down the country have had to shut their doors. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
Battle ropes are available to buy online for a reasonable price at RopesDirect – and they’re relatively easy to install at home. Simply follow our guide on how to set-up and anchor battle ropes for safety and, we guarantee, you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.
3 steps to anchor battle ropes at home
Step 1: Think carefully about location
First things first, you need to determine the best location for your battle rope workout.
Garages and basements are particularly ideal. Large and spacious, they tend to have enough room for a range of rope exercises. No matter how energetic your workout becomes, there’s no need to worry about damage to the floor or furniture. If you don’t have a garage or basement, or these rooms aren’t big enough, you may wish to anchor battle ropes in your garden instead.
It simply comes down to convenience and where you’d get the most out of your new piece of kit.
Step 2: Invest in an appropriate battle rope
The best battle rope for you will depend on where you wish to install it and your ability level.
Essentially, once the rope has been threaded through the anchor, its overall length is halved. If you buy a 10m rope, you’ll need at least 5m of straight space for it to be used effectively. So, be sure to keep this in mind and measure the rope’s intended location carefully before making a purchase.
For beginners, smaller ropes – measuring around 32-38mm in diameter – are typically recommended. These are relatively light, comfortable to grip, and are a fantastic option for cardiovascular workouts. Thicker ropes require a tighter grip and are trickier to handle. As such, they’re commonly used for advanced workouts that are designed to build muscle.
Step 3: Anchor the battle ropes securely
Battle ropes can be anchored in several different ways.
If you’d prefer not to make permanent changes to your property, the easiest option is to ask a partner to hold them. You may be slightly limited in the rope exercises you can do, but it’s a good way to get started and having a partner to train with can help to improve motivation.
Alternatively, it’s possible to anchor battle ropes using a heavy kettlebell. Simply place it on the floor close to the wall, thread the rope through the handle and walk back until the two sides of the rope are equal in length. If necessary, the kettlebell can be weighed down further with sandbags.
If you’re happy to install a more permanent solution, a heavy-duty staple on plates or dee shackle will work well. These can be affixed to a wall either inside or outside the property, and multiple anchors can be mounted at different heights, to enable a broader range of rope exercises. Once you’ve completed your battle rope workout, the rope can simply be unthreaded and stored away.
Anchor your battle ropes today
Battle ropes are not reserved solely for the gym. They can be easily set-up in your property and – as we head into our third lockdown – they offer an effective way to keep fit whilst ‘staying at home’.
Here at RopesDirect, we have everything you need to get started – including both manila and braided polyester battle ropes, in a range of lengths and diameters, as well as 25mm dee shackles and ground anchor screws that are perfect for anchoring battle ropes at home. These are all available for a very competitive price and can be delivered to your home address in the UK the next day (if ordered before 12pm).
So why not take a look today? And remember, if you’d like further advice on how to anchor battle ropes or have a question about any of the products available in our store, you’re always welcome to get in touch. We have expert knowledge in this area and we’re happy to help. Call us on 01692 671721 or send an email to [email protected] and we’ll respond as soon as we can.