Battle Rope Workout

Hey, everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve done a fitness post!  Since my days are basically filled with workouts I’ve created for my clients, I thought I would share one with you.  I LOVE workouts that are off the gym floor.  I actually have a confession:  I DON’T LIKE THE GYM.


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I love working out, obviously, but I don’t like gyms.  I know that sometimes you gotta take it inside, but what I like to do and how I roll with my clients can be done just about anywhere.  I like to create fun, varying, and functional workouts because they keep people interested and THEY WORK.

One of my ABSOLUTE favorite tools is the battle rope because it is so much fun AND I feel like a total badass after I use them.  So, badass, in fact, that, I feel like I could roll up on Rhonda Rousey …and still get my ass kicked in under three seconds.  I think that battle ropes should come with a warning on them, because you do feel insanely tough after you use them and you could end up having your mouth write a check your ass can’t cash.

But I digress because I’m starting to make no sense.

If you have access to battle ropes, or want to buy them to add to your own fitness equipment collection, I’ve got an awesome workout for you that will not only burn a shitload of calories while increasing your strength and coordination, but it will also make you feel super empowered.

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 Battle Rope Workout!


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I tried this workout with my client, Kaly, this past Saturday and she was working up a sweat and having so much fun in the process (even in the miserable Glasgow rain that has made a comeback)! She was a good sport and let me take a few snapshots!

Incidentally, it’s really hard capturing someone busting their butt with battling ropes like she was!

battlerope CollageI love to keep workouts fun and interesting and with battle ropes you get just that.  Strength training and endurance rolled into one killer workout.  I HIGHLY recommend giving them a try if you want to mix things up and feel totally badass!

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Have you ever used battle ropes?  What’s the most fun workout you’ve ever done?  Do you train rain or shine?

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Healthy living for the mind and body by NASM certified personal trainer, nutritional therapist, and life coach, Erin Campbell Thompson.


  1. Great post!!! I have never used battle ropes. I may have to buy one, because I am a germaphobe and I do not want to use what other people have sweat all over. Have a great day

    1. Haha! Most of them have plastic handles, but I hear ya about the germs! I used to triple clean equipment at the gym! I hope you can give battle ropes a go, Heather!

    1. They are SO much fun! I love owning them — if you have the space for them, or they are available at your gym, definitely give them a try, Julie! It’s a killer workout! 🙂

  2. Ah that looks so fun! I hate gyms too. I hate the smell, I hate all the people, the mirrors, the cooties on the water fountains, YUCK. As you know, I don’t do any other exercise except running. I’m sure I will need to change it up one day though, as my body starts to fall apart. :/

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one with the non-love for gyms. I know that they are a necessary evil for some folks, but even as a trainer, I just think they aren’t truly the end all and be all of exercise environments! That’s why I’m working towards getting my own studio space, which will be less chaotic by design. I think that you would love battle ropes so much — they are so great for working out angst and anxiety!

    1. They are super challenging, Jill. People make it look so easy, but it is REALLY hard work! And yes, total bada$$ would be the most accurate description of how I feel when I’m done with the ropes! 🙂

  3. Oh they look like fun!
    I much prefer working outdoors and that’s why I loved crossfit – everyday we mixed it up and we were often outside. Great when it’s a beautiful sunny morning – awful when it was a grim 6.30am dark drizzly glasgow winter morning! But we still got out there…!

    1. I totally agree. Switching things up is key for staying the course! I always feel more alive exercising in the elements!! That’s probably from growing up skiing in Northern New Hampshire preps you for!

  4. When you get your studio space, can you get a treadmill put in it, and maybe a cross stepper too? Then you could make it like a “private” mini gym, but not with all the hangups of the bigger gyms? 😉

    I hate how the changing rooms are always a mess with paper towels and rubbish, even when there are bins in them!! But, the problem I have with running outside around my area, is what you might run through…..anyhoo..

    1. Haha. Yes, it’s all in the works! I agree, my last few running adventures were …um …interesting! I have issues with the gym mentality …and typically working in one strips away everything I love about working with people. It becomes all salesy and about conversions. I’d rather have a handful of awesome clients to put 150% into than someone who will feel pressured and quit in 2 weeks. I could go on lol.

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