Short Rest Intervals Condition Best During Battling Rope Exercise

Battling rope exercises involve oscillating two large ropes, either one rope at a time or both ropes at the same time. They are excellent functional training exercises that require explosive movements in the athletic position. Nicholas Ratamess and co-workers from the College of New Jersey found that battling rope exercises increased oxygen uptake above 50 percent of maximum, and that one-arm exercises were more stressful than using two arms. The greatest energy loads occurred when using one-minute rest intervals compared to two minutes. Battling rope exercises provide a significant metabolic stress and are effective conditioning exercises. (Journal Strength Conditioning Research, published online May 30, 2015)

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