You may be asking yourself “what the heck are battling ropes?!” Well, they are exactly as they sound – one big long rope used to exercise. According to fitness experts, battling ropes provide a dual force dynamic effect that improves physiological response with less injuries and more results; it also makes weak body parts strong, improves mobility and stability, and it is an awesome cardio workout.
No, it is not like a treadmill. This is a great option for those who love running but want less stress on their joints. Believe it or not, your pulse revs up during elliptical training—higher than the treadmill, according to one study (even when perceived exertion is the same). Another study found that runners’ legs felt more tired after using the elliptical than a comparable workout on the treadmill. The cherry on top? You get all the heart-pumping benefits (if not more), minus the pounding.