Every CrossFit-style club that you visit these days will have battle ropes set up in the functional strength area. That’s because battle ropes can be used to work the entire body — not just muscles, but also the cardio system. With Connexus Home, setting up battle ropes couldn’t be easier. Just wrap it around the power grid, leaving it loose so that you have to engage your core muscles to control the rope. When using the battle rope, be sure not to pull it. Pulling, or trying to stretch the rope prevents you from creating the wave-like motion that makes battle rope exercises such an effective workout. Hold the rope and step backward until it gets tight, then take one step forward to find the correct position. Battle rope workouts involve two main grips — the classic handshake grip and the overhand grip. You can increase or decrease the challenge by adjusting your foot position. A wide, symmetrical stance will give you more stability, while a narrow, split stance will place greater demands on the muscles that influence balance and coordination.