Rope Climbing secrets from Navy SEAL Phil Black
I'm a big fan of rope climbing. Not only is it a killer upper body exercise that works your back and shoulders, but it does wonders for your forearms and grip strength. It's far better than a traditional pull up, as you must squeeze and pull at the same time. It's one of the most effective full body exercises you can do.
As a Navy SEAL, we had to get up and down ropes quickly and efficiently - almost always while loaded down with gear. When you're forced to climb ropes with heavy gear - and your life is on the line - you learn quickly how to do it safely and with proper form.
With all that said, rope climbing is not easy. I know it can be intimidating for some people. I'd like to share a tip that will make it a little easier to get up and down the rope. Putting this tip into action will improve your rope climbing skills by leaps and bounds. Not only will you impress all of your friends, but you'll have a new workout routine that will leave you exhausted.
If you've never climbed a rope before, make it a goal to do so in 2011.