We’ve attached a battle rope between some trees in our backyard. In doing so, we’ve transformed our garden into a place we can train and play. Simply installing a rope has caused us to get moving and spend more time outdoors. It’s cool to think that changing your environment can greatly influence the lifestyle you lead.

This rope can do anything. It can take any amount of weight. Its bouncy. It’s always just out of reach. It’s not easy, but that's what we like about it. You can jump up and grab it. Our lawn runs down on a slight angle, meaning our rope is closer to the ground at one end than at the other. You can choose a point where the rope is just out of reach, and then try to get it. Trying repeatedly to jump a little higher is a fantastic way to train plyometrics.

We’ve also included some swinging into our training program. Swinging is super taxing on the whole system and it’s a lot of fun. When you swing, you feel just like a big chimpanzee. This makes sense because they’re our biological cousins.

I just asked Rory to provide a comment on our rope. He told me: “I can see it from my room, it's so beautiful man. If I'm bored I just go out there and instinctively play on it.”

 



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