How to Improve Your Rope Climbing


So, have you tried rope climbing at your local gym? Well, if you haven’t you might want to consider it. Rope climbing is one of the best full body workouts and is incredibly fun to do once you learn how to do it properly. Read this post and find out how to perform some simple rope climbing exercises and their benefits for your body.

What is Rope Climbing?

Rope climbing is as the name suggests an exercise where you climb a knotted rope. It is a full body workout and it helps you build arm strength. Rope climbing helps improve your grip, agility and co-ordination skills. It is an ancient practice and includes one simple motion. However, many armies and military units in civilizations all across time have used this exercise for centuries and it remains one of the best upper body strength exercises available.Rope-Climbing

Muscles Worked

Rope climbing involves the use of different muscles like your biceps, shoulders, forearms, back and abdominals and tones and strengthens the aforementioned muscle groups. Rope climbing helps develop balance and agility.

You don’t need much equipment for the rope climb: Climbing rope (1.5″ – 2″ thick manila rope) hooked securely to a high ceiling. Weight Vest (Optional/Advanced)

Preparing for The Rope Climb

You need to do many things before attempting the rope climb without embarrassing yourself. If you go too fast, there are chances you could suffer from nasty friction burns and embarrassment in the gym, when you fall down while attempting the climb.

You need to work out for a while before you can attempt the rope climb. For this, you need to build up strength in your arms, abs, shoulders and your back. You need to develop a vice like grip, while improving your agility and co-ordination.

People who climb rope regularly have a better muscle tone than non-rope climbers who have probably been hitting the gym for years. This exercise isn’t only reserved for really fit people. However, rope climbing does demand that you be in good enough physical shape to complete it.