Utilizing Battling Rope Exercises for HIIT and SMIT

by Nick Tumminello, NSCA-CPT
Personal Training Quarterly June 2016
Vol 3, Issue 1


Battling rope exercises can be used as a metabolic training modality following a comprehensive resistance training workout to increase the client’s heart rate and help maximize the metabolic cost of the training session.

If a personal trainer has a client who wishes to maximize the metabolic impact of battling ropes exercises, it is recommended that they emphasizes the performance of double-arm battling rope exercises that involve the entire body for supramaximal intervals. Additionally, evidence indicates that shorter rest periods are an important factor to consider when looking to maximize the metabolic cost of using battling ropes. In addition to enhancing the metabolic cost of workouts, the battling rope exercise applications provided in this article can serve as an effective means of conditioning for the upper body.

This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »

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