Stretch and Roll Out:
Perform 3-5 rounds of each of the four circuits. Rest 20 seconds between rounds and 2-3 minutes between circuits.
20 seconds Sled “Fight”
20 seconds Towel Taz
20 seconds Rest
20 seconds Forward/Backward Crawls
20 seconds Alternating Waves with Side Shuffle
20 seconds Rest
20 seconds Circle Shuffle, Sprawl, Sit Thru
20 seconds Push Into Wall
20 seconds Rest
20 seconds Sidewinders with Forward/Backward Walk
20 seconds Mountain Climbers
20 seconds Rest
Stretch and Roll Out:
You want to complete as many reps as possible during the 20 seconds. You may want to add in 5 seconds to give yourself time to transition from one exercise to another. This should not really be a rest period, just a transition period.
Sled “Fight” – The sled shouldn’t be light enough that you can pull it over, but it shouldn’t be so heavy that you can’t move quickly in every direction. Push the sled forward a short distance, turn it, push it to the side, then the other side. Move in every direction pushing the sled back and forth. Keep the movement short. Never take more than three steps in any one direction. For a video of Sled Fighting, click here.
Towel Taz – Grab a bath towel,moving blanket, fleece blanket or whatever you have on hand. The bigger and heavier the towel, the harder the move will be. Grab a corner of the towel in each and and start shaking the towel as powerfully and as quickly as you can up and down while moving quickly around from side to side, in a circle, forwards, backwards and every which way. Move quickly, taking only a few steps in each direction as you shake the towel. Keep your chest up and do not round your back. You can shake the towel up and down and in and out. The quicker you move, the harder the move will be.
Forward/Backward Crawls – Set up on your hands and knees with your knees under your hips and your hands under your shoulders. Then flex your feet and lift up onto your toes. Take a step forward with your left foot and right hand, keeping your knees close to the ground and your back flat. Then step forward with your right foot and left hand. Keep alternating moving the opposite arm and opposite leg together. Once you’ve crawled forward the 10-20 ft, you will then reverse the crawl. Take a small step back with your right foot as you step back with your left hand. Take small steps, especially moving backward. If you reach too much with your leg, you are going to put more strain on your shoulders and your movement will get off. The opposite arm and leg need to move together. Keep your knees close to the ground as you move backward. Beginners may need to perform a baby crawl from their knees and hands.
Alternating Waves with Side Shuffle – Loop the rope around an anchor and hold one side in each hand. Pull the rope out straight then take a step or two in. Your arms can be straight or bent depending on which is more comfortable. Your feet should be about hip-width apart. You can be more in a squat or your legs can be straighter. Don’t be afraid to use your legs as you create waves and either move up and down with them together or slightly step one foot at a time. To create the waves, lift one arm up as you pull the rope down with the other. Then switch pulling one up and the other down. Alternate as quickly as possible using the legs as needed. As you alternate the waves, begin to move laterally with your feet. Shuffle a few feet one way then shuffle back as you keep your arms moving to create the alternating waves. For a video of all the Battle Ropes Moves, click here.
Circle Shuffle, Sprawl, Sit Thru – Place a cone or some object to circle around. Bend your knees with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Then move laterally, shuffling around the cone. Make full circles, half circles and even quarter circles, moving both ways. Mix it up. Circle around the cone both ways. While circling mix in a sprawl and sit thru occasionally. So while circling, drop down to the ground in the top of a crawl or bull dog hold. To do the sit thru, flex your feet and press up onto your hands and toes with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. You will then rotate open toward the right and bring your left leg under and through toward where your right hand is. As you bring your left leg forward and through, lift your right hand. You should be almost sitting with your left hand down to support you. Then bring the left leg back through so you are back in the starting position. Next rotate to the left and kick your right leg through and forward as you lift your left hand. Once you’ve done a sit thru to each side, stand back up and begin shuffling again. Sit Thru shown below.
Push Into Wall – Stand up against a wall and push into the wall as if you are going to move the wall backwards. Get up nice and close to the wall as if you are at the bottom of a push ups. Your feet should be wide to help you drive. Don’t stand up nice and tall. Get a nice lean into the wall and a little knee bend. Drive all the way up through your feet into your hands against the wall. Your core should be tight enough that if someone comes and pushes on you from any angle you won’t move. (To make the move more difficult, have someone actually push on you from all angles as you hold!)
Sidewinders with Forward/Backward Walk – Loop the rope around an anchor and hold one side in each hand. Keep more slack in the rope than you would with other battling ropes moves. Relax your arms and stand with your feet between hip-width and shoulder-width apart. Then sweep your arms to the right, rotating through your core even pivoting a little up onto your left toes. Then quickly sweep your arms to the left. Sweep back and forth. Keep your arms more relaxed and only slightly bent. Use your core to push and pull from side to side. You shouldn’t do huge rotations. Your arms and the rope should stay out in front of you. The ropes should make snake-like waves on the ground and swish side to side. They should not move up and down off the ground. As you create the waves, step forward. You will first step forward and slightly to the side with your right foot and then your left all the while creating waves. Once you move forward a few feet, step backward. Keeping moving forward and backward while creating waves and keeping your core tight and chest up. (See the link with the Alternating Arms for a video of the move.
Mountain Climbers – Set up in a high plank from your hands and toes. Bring your right knee in toward your chest. Then drive the foot back out and bring your left knee in toward your chest. As you bring each knee in, you will just lightly tap the toe of that leg on the ground. Do not put weight on that front leg. Go as fast as you can, alternating knee drives. Mountain Climbers should look like you are “running” with your hands on the ground. Beginners may need to go slowly to start or even put their hands up on a low table or bar to perform incline mountain climbers. Advanced exercisers will want to “run” as quickly as possible or even add sliders or a towel under their feet.