The best fitness training companion you can have – the rope!
The rope course is part of – The SHINE Model series. Shine represents what I believe to be the key components of overall and complete holistic health. Sustainable Health Inspired by Nature and Evolution.
One of the main aims of The Shine model is to simplify our quest for health. We are ever bombarded with new fads, new ‘science’ and new scams which prey on our desire to be healthy but with the fastest track, least discomfort method possible.
SHINE suggests that we undertake health goals that are sustainable – which means they have to be fun and have purpose. They need to make sense – so in an evolutionary context and with ‘good science’ to back them up. We have to be inspired. Inspiration helps us quest for a new level or a new mode of health challenge. Nature provides us with the environment in which we, as humans, spent millions of years evolving, Nature can, very often, provide everything we need; peace, serenity, challenge, play. Our bodies and minds feel ‘at home’ in nature, and find a well balanced state of well-being.
The ROPE course gives you a glimpse into how, with a little inspiration and imagination, you can add literally hundreds of new movements to an exercise session. A simple length of light rope wrapped around your waist and taken on a run can turn itself into the most awesome piece of gym equipment, providing incredible possibilities for body weight, power, mobility, balance and postural exercise.
The course is quick and easy and for every level, from complete beginner to elite athlete.
There are three main takeaways from this course:
1. Why use a rope for exercise.
2. How to tie easy, safe and easy to untie (important having exposed them to your full body weight) knots and anchors.
3. A series of movements and exercises you can do with your rope. Hopefully this will be ever expanding with inspired ideas from students – and I will add more over time.
Natural innovative fitness
Come and join the course - Welcome
Welcome to the course. In this video I will explain the background of natural fitness and how a rope can offer additional motivation and variety to working out in nature
Elliot is the training partner - despite having no real use for a rope to enhance his strength and speed, he is a great example of natural movement and fitness
This video will explain exactly what you will learn on this course
A little bit of background about the rope itself...
This video will explain the optimal rope length for exercise.
So why use a rope? This video explains the benefits of this cheap, innovative, mobile piece of homemade gym equipment
Knots and attachments
How to safely anchor the rope to a tree or any othe anchor point
This is a cool knot that also doubles as a rope handle
An adaptation of the hangman knot to include some tubing to add a more comfortable grip.
This is a great knot combination that allows quick anchoring bur has no chance of rope locking and being impossible to undo.
Just a few of hundreds of rope assisted exercises
A combination of challenging movement with an unstable surface. Great exercise!
Lunges and flys using the rope are great for posture, mobility and strength.
Squat - the mother of all exercises. Great for strength and mobility - sometime the rope can help you with a greater range of movement.
Reverse row - requires engagement of stability muscles and is great for posture. The pulling movement balances our modern day tendency to slouch forward from sitting too much - especially using computers.
Gymnastic ring substitute - great for strength, mobility and stabilisation - plus it's a load of fun.
Balance is one of the most under-rated and under used movements. Great fro strength, stabilisation and a great skill to master
Your own bespoke resistance training - choose your branch and let it do the resistance. Please be gentle and don't break or harm trees.
The final wrap up of the course. I hope it was useful and inspiring. Grab a rope and get out there.