It’s no exaggeration to say that legless rope climbs are one of the most criminally underrated upper body exercises out there.
With all of the advantages of moving your body through space under load, requiring an enormous amount of musculature to execute- hitting your back, biceps, forearms and absolutely roasting your core; this is one move that’s hard to beat when it comes to adding functional mass, filling out your t-shirt and just generally feeling like a badass in your training.
But let’s face it, it’s not always practical to have 5 metres of rope hanging down from the heavens just for the sake of bigger guns and a barn door back, so sometimes we may need to get a little creative.
This banded ‘rope climb’ alternative, doesn’t just make for a fantastic substitution if your programme calls for it, but also an incredible regression for the movement if you’re still not quite there, not to mention a great movement in it’s own right.
Grab a band or two, head to the pull-up bar and follow our step-by-step guide to climb to new heights, all without leaving the ground.