What Rope Is Good for Strength Climbing?

What Rope Is Good for Strength Climbing?
Rope climbing as a method of building strength can be remarkably effective. Rope climbing is a true all-body workout, engaging your core and even bringing leg muscles into play. Plus, rope climbing is ideal for improving flexibility and developing a skill not often used in modern society. Here are a few excellent climbing ropes that can serve you well for strength training.

Soft Polyplus

Polyplus rope is 1.25 inches in diameter, making it thick enough to grip easily. However, its greatest virtue is as a softer alternative to manila, which is often used in strength training ropes. No need for gloves when climbing Polyplus--only a little chalk to keep moist hands from slipping.

Functional Hand Strength

Functional Hand Strength is the rope maker most often associated with military and gym fixture climbing rope. The most convenient aspect of Functional Hand Strength's ropes is their attachment supplies. Everything you need is included, down to the metal carabiner. Designed for durability, Functional Hand Strength's ropes are best for permanent installations. This is the perfect rope for those who want to get into rope strength training without any complications.


The standard rope for kiddie climbers, this knotted yellow classic has adorned a number of play forts. With a weight limit of 150 pounds, the Swing-n-Slide can accommodate any child. Swing-n-Slide may not be suitable for adults, but the rope is a cheap and effective alternative for playgrounds.

2 Inch Manila

More suitable for the more experienced climber, manila rope with a diameter of 2 inches can present a bit of extra challenge. While 1.5 inches is considered ideal, 2 inches can be harder to grasp, producing a stronger grip strength. The rough manila is also harder on the hands, which can take some time to adapt to. This particular rope can be purchased in lengths up to 600 feet. With a 4000-pound weight limit this rope is guaranteed to last years of use.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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