STACK Approved: Muscle Ropes

STACK reviews the 30- and 50-foot Elite Muscle Ropes, and discusses the benefits of heavy rope training.

Muscle Ropes

Heavy ropes are quickly becoming a staple in weight rooms around the country, and for good reason. They are a great tool for increasing strength, gaining muscle, losing weight and increasing endurance.

If you are looking to start heavy rope training, check out Muscle Ropes for your heavy rope needs. (Learn how to start your own heavy rope training.)

Muscle Ropes are manufactured from manila hemp, a natural material that has incredibly high tensile strength, but costs little compared to synthetic ropes.

Muscle Ropes offer a variety of options. The Elite line is 1.5 inches in diameter and comes in 30-, 50-, 75- and 100-foot lengths. The longer the length, the more challenging the workout. Muscle Ropes also offer an Extreme line with a two-inch-diameter rope that is perfect for stronger athletes who are looking for an increased challenge.

The folks at Muscle Ropes were kind enough to send us 30- and 50-foot Elite Ropes for testing. One rope had Gorilla Tape grips, and the other came with heavy-duty shrink-wrapped grips (for an additional $4).

The ropes performed as expected. Both grips were comfortable, but we preferred the heavy-duty shrink-wrapped ones. The ropes do shed during use, which is a trait of the manila. However, this shouldn't be a problem if you use them outside or in an area that can quickly be swept.

Regardless of your fitness level, you're in for a tough workout with Muscle Ropes. The 30-foot rope is perfect for beginners, while the 50-foot rope offers a considerable challenge, even for advanced athletes. After the workout, we noticed muscle soreness—particularly in the shoulders—despite partaking in a regular training program. The conditioning aspect was also notable, since the exercises become quite difficult when performed for 30 seconds to a minute.

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