If you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness and upper body strength, battle rope workouts are one of the easiest and simplest options to go for. The other ones being using a fitness trainer or a cable crossover machine.Or maybe you can use a Fitness deck to gain some speed, agility, and stamina before buying a battle rope. Once you have gained enough strength and stamina to use the battle rope more confidently, you may go with any of the options that I recommend.
In this article, I will be sharing my thoughts on how to buy the best battle ropes for your home gym; whether indoor or outdoor. I will also provide you with some of my top recommendations, so you don’t have to spend hours evaluating too many products.
In a hurry? Here are our top picks!
|REP Fitness Sleeve Battle Rope||4.8||Check Pricing|
|Titan Fitness Battle Rope||4.5||Check Pricing|
|Fringe Sport Battle Rope||4.4||Check Pricing|
|Power Guidance Battle Rope||4.4||Check Pricing|
|Rogue Conditioning Rope||4.4||Check Pricing|
#1 - REP Fitness Sleeve Battle Rope
What we think
Unlike Titan Fitness battle rope, this REP Fitness one is made of 100% poly dacron, which means it is highly durable and can be used for advanced training sessions and even in commercial setups. You can buy them in 1.5” or 2” thickness and in 30’, 40’, or 50’ length. You also get to choose from black, blue, and red colored sleeve covers for the rope. The cover not just adds color to the gym setup but also helps capture all the frayings inside so the gym doesn’t get dirty.
The 50’ battle rope weighs around 30 to 56lbs depending on the thickness you choose. This extra weight makes it suitable for advanced trainers who want to make their workouts as challenging as possible. Numerous buyers have stated that these ropes are quite durable and can be safely used on concrete, although it is better to use them on turf or horse stall mats.
The REP Fitness battle ropes have long heat-shrinked handles. They are quite grippy and do not tend to slip when used with sweaty hands. You can buy the optional wall anchor that REP Fitness sells for its battle ropes.
There is no major issue that I could identify but these battle ropes are too stiff in the beginning. Don’t worry; they will become fluid after a few uses. This is a common thing with almost all poly dacron battle ropes.
- Made of 100% pure poly dacron
- Has excellent whip which helps make your workouts more fluid and comfortable
- Has a nylon cover on the rope which helps keep the shedding within it
- One year warranty
- Anchoring kit and strap sold separately
- None as such
High-end battle rope for advanced training sessions
We are giving this a rating of 4.8 out of 5.0.
#2 - Titan Fitness Battle Rope
What we think
If you are on a budget, Titan Fitness battle ropes are a great option. You can choose from 30’, 40’, and 50’ length and 1.5” or 2” rope thickness. They are all made of poly dacron. The 50” long rope weighs 29 lbs, which isn’t quite heavy but works well for beginners, intermediate-level as well as recreational trainers.
The anchor kit is sold separately. You can use the anchors on the racks for which they are meant or on a wall. Titan Fitness has covered/sealed the tips of the ropes with PVC to create 7” long handles, so you don’t have to worry about using gloves or buying handles separately. A few buyers have, however, complained that the handles do not have enough texture to give you a good grip when you have sweaty hands. You may want to use chalk.
Since it is made of synthetic fibers, you should not use it outdoors or else it may get damaged sooner than expected. Also, being an inexpensive product, the Titan Fitness battle ropes may not be suitable for advanced trainers. They are not made of 100% poly dacron so they can’t take too much beating and may start fraying when used roughly, especially on a concrete floor.
- Available in popular sizes
- Have PVC handles for ease of use
- Squat rack anchoring kits sold separately so you don’t have to visit a hardware store or do some DIY
- Not quite durable and may not last long when used for hardcore training
- Handles may slip if you have sweaty hands
- Not made of 100% poly dacron
One of the most affordable battle ropes for beginners and intermediate-level trainers
We are giving this a rating of 4.5 out of 5.0.
#3 - Fringe Sport Battle Rope
What we think
Fringe Sport is a Texas-based small-scale home gym equipment supplier. It outsources its products from China, USA, and several other countries but it has a highly efficient team that ensures that the quality of the outsourced products is consistent and they meet the expectations of the buyers. I have used many of its products and, from my personal experience, I can confidently say that it is one of the most reliable Rogue Fitness alternatives.
Talking about its battle ropes; they are available only in 50’ length but you can choose between 1.5” and 2” thickness. Just like some of the best battle ropes, they are also made of poly dacron. Fringe Sport sells manila ropes as well but they are shorter and meant for climbing.
The 1.5” rope weighs 28 lbs. It is suitable for beginners and those who are not yet ready to train with its 2” battle rope that weighs 53 lbs. Instead of sticking to the basic black color, Fringe Sport has chosen a black and green combination, which makes it look classy. The handles are 8.75” long, which is more than what your hands can hold. They are quite grippy and good for use even when you have sweaty hands. You can buy the anchors and hangers for the rope separately.
Fringe Sport battle ropes come with a one-year warranty.
The only thing I wish to change is the price. They are quite expensive. At the time of writing this article, the 2” rope was being sold at $260+. It is one of the most expensive options and not many people would be interested to spend so much only for a rope.
- Made of high-quality poly dacron
- The handles are long and grippy
- Thicker rope is really heavy and suitable for powerlifters and fitness trainers
- Comes with 1-year warranty
- Expensive for what it is
High-end battle rope for those who do not mind spending more for a product that could possibly last for a lifetime.
We are giving this a rating of 4.4 out of 5.0.
#4 - Power Guidance Battle Rope
What we think
If you are looking for the best battle rope under $100, this is one of the top-rated options you have. Power Guidance battle ropes are also made of poly dacron and the build quality is above average, making them suitable for beginners and intermediate level trainers but not for experts who plan to use it 6 days a week for more than 10 minutes a day.
Power Guidance battle ropes are available in 1.5” and 2” thickness and 30’, 40’, and 50’ length. The rope has a nylon cover and a plastic sleeve, which is supposed to provide extra protection to the rope in the anchoring area. But, the sleeve is rather cheaply made and does not last beyond a few uses. The handles are heat-shrinked for better durability. They are long and grippy.
One thing you need to know here is that the Power Guidance ropes aren’t as heavy as other competitive products. I don’t know their exact weight but numerous buyers have stated that they are not that heavy. So, make sure you choose the length and thickness accordingly.
You will get an anchoring kit with this battle rope. The anchor is meant for the floor and may not work best if you mount it on a wall.
- One of the most affordable but top-rated battle rope for home gyms
- Comes with anchoring kit
- Has protective cover for improving the life of the rope
- The plastic sleeve that is supposed to protect the rope around the anchoring point is pretty thin and flimsy
- The anchor included is more suitable for concrete floor and may not work best for wall or squat rack or on any wooden surface
Affordable but good-quality battle rope for people who need something basic to keep themselves fit and growing
We are giving this a rating of 4.4 out of 5.0.
#5 - Rogue Conditioning Rope
What we think
Rogue Fitness conditioning ropes have received poor ratings and reviews from buyers because they shed off a lot of fiber, which means you may have to vacuum your gym after each workout.
I am still recommending this product because it is made of organic manila fiber, which is heat resistant and meant for outdoor use. The poly dacron ones are only meant for indoor use but this battle rope can take up a lot of beating even by very strong guys. Yes, it sheds a lot but if you are using it outdoors it doesn’t really matter. Plus, that’s a problem with all organic battle ropes. If you want something durable, eco-friendly, skin-friendly, and weather-resistant, you shouldn’t mind this issue. Rogue Fitness should have, however, mentioned this in its product description so buyers would have set their expectations right.
Talking about the build quality; I don’t really have to explain how good it is. After all, it is sold by Rogue Fitness, a company that is renowned for sticking to its quality commitments even during the pandemic when other companies were busy selling inferior quality products at whopping prices. The ropes are 1.5” thick and 50’ long. That’s the only option you have. The ends of the rope are covered with some kind of rubber or tape, which act like a handle.
You can buy anchors separately.
- Made of manila fiber
- Heavier than poly Dacron battle ropes
- Highly durable and meant for outdoor use
- As expected, it sheds a lot of fibers and not recommended for indoor home gyms
Organic Manila fiber rope for outdoor use
We are giving this a rating of 4.4 out of 5.0.
Buying Guide and Frequently Asked Questions
Things to consider while looking for the best battle rope for your home gym
Material of the battle rope
Battle ropes are usually made of either manila or poly dacron. Some cheaper ones are made of nylon too.
Poly dacron is a synthetic blend of polyester and polypropylene fibers. Both of them are not natural fibers but they are frequently used in home and industrial application because of their excellent durability over natural fibers.
Poly dacron battle ropes are quite affordable, strong, and highly resistant to abrasion. They are quite stiff in the beginning and take about 2-3 weeks to loosen up and become flexible enough for proper use.
Natural fiber battle ropes such as the ones made of manila fiber are about 25-30% more expensive than poly dacron battle ropes. Since they shed a lot of fibers, I do not recommend them for indoor use unless you are ready to vacuum your home gym after every use.
Manila/Hemp fiber battle ropes are meant for outdoor use, especially in an outdoor home gym. They are UV resistant, so you can expect them to last for 8 to 10 years, depending on how you store them. Poly dacron battle ropes won’t last that long.
Natural fiber battle ropes are significantly heavier than synthetic fiber battle ropes. So, if you are an advanced trainer looking for something heavy to challenge your stamina and strength, it makes sense to spend more and get a battle rope that serves your purpose.
Another reason why manila ropes are better for advanced trainers is because they are quite flexible and fluid. Fluidity is extremely crucial for battle rope workouts. If the rope is too stiff, you might end up straining yourself.
Thickness of the battle rope
As you can see in the image above, battle ropes are usually 1.5” or 2” thick. A few of them may have 2.5” thickness but such options are very limited.
And, as expected, the thicker the rope is, the heavier it will be.
Currently, I am using a 2” thich battle rope but please note that I am a tall person with bigger hands. Plus, I have been training quite sincerely for more than 10 years now so you can guess what kind of stamina and strength I have.
If you are not that strong, you should go with the 1.5”. In fact, 1.5” battle rope is more than enough for most people unless you are an athlete or an advanced trainer. 2.5” ropes are only meant for powerlifters and people like Arnold Schwarzenegger who have massive hands and an enviable, well-built body.
Once you have trained with the 1.5” battle rope for some years, you should then try the 2” one to improve your grip and strength.
Length of the battle rope
You can find battle ropes that are as short as 10’ or as long as 100’. But, the standard sizes are 30’, 40’, and 50’. Since battle ropes are folded in half and tied to an anchor point, a 50’ rope is basically 25’ in each hand.
If you have a small home gym or if you are low on budget, you may feel like going for a shorter one but they are not good for cardio workouts. The 10’ or 20’ battle ropes are good for martial arts trainers who want to improve their speed and agility. But, if you want to improve your strength and stamina, you should buy as long rope as you can accommodate. If you have a garage gym, you may want to leave the door open while training to make space for longer battle ropes.
Wondering what difference the length makes?
Well, the longer the rope is, the heavier it will be and the more force you will have to apply to do your reps. Plus, longer ropes have more fluidity whereas shorter ones catch during use and can strain your arms and wrists. Fluidity helps make your workout comfortable and less strenuous. See the above GIF to understand what I mean.
Should you buy battle ropes that come with Nylon covers?
Nylon covers do not add any extra strength, durability, weight, or flexibility to the rope. They are just used for marketing purposes; to make a product look better than the competitors.
The only practical reason why you may want to have nylon covers on your battle rope is to make it easier to clean. You can wipe the cover with a wet cloth to get rid of the dust and grime. The cover is not detachable.
But, do you actually want to clean your battle rope? The only part that you touch is the handles, which you can anyways wipe clean. Wiping the whole rope is not unnecessary. Battle ropes are meant to get dirty. They are not home decors. They are home gym decors just like your bumper plates and barbells. You don’t need to be excessively worried about their cleanliness.
So, there is no need to pay $50 more only for a covered rope.
Where can you anchor a battle rope in your home gym?
The best place to anchor a battle rope is a strong wall; such as a garage wall or a basement wall where you have set up your home gym. Battle ropes usually come with an anchor or you can buy one separately from any hardware store near you.
If you don’t want to use an anchor, you can attach it to something really heavy such as a tree, a bar of a gate, a heavy kettlebell, a bolted squat rack such as the Titan Fitness X-3 Series Bolt-Down Power Rack.
Battle rope workouts are highly effective for improving cardio strength, building stronger upper body muscles, improving balance and coordination, and enhancing athletic performance. The above-mentioned products that I have selected are suitable for almost everyone and can be used for home as well as commercial purposes.
But, battle ropes are not meant for everyone. They require a lot of clear space and they are not quite versatile. You can’t do too many exercises using them. Plus, they require a good amount of strength and stamina to begin with. If you do not have that, you should rather start building some upper body strength and stamina by doing some dumbbell workouts. You can also opt for Jeff Nippard training programs and Insanity cardio, power, and resistance program to improve your cardio and strength until you are ready to use a battle rope.
That’s it for this article. If you have any queries or suggestions, please email me or leave a comment.