Rope Climb Substitution
Posted: 28 March 2013 12:31 AM   [ Ignore ]
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How is a towel pull-up the main substitute for a rope climb?  When a rope climb is performed, there is a lot of leg work involved.  This is specially true when doing multiple climbs.  I have noticed that it isn’t often when the WOD calls for dead hang rope climb.  I can see how doing beginner rope climbs would set the course for regular rope climbs.  So, when no rope is available, what would be an exercise that more closely resembles a rope climb?

My apologies if this has been discuss before. I didn’t find a thread.

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Posted: 28 March 2013 03:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I address that here:

http://www.crossfitbrandx.com/index.php/forums/viewthread/4825/

But to your point, yeah, no legs in towel pullups.  No rope either…...

Now, since a rope climb is one towel pullup and then one knees to elbows, you could do 5-6x of the following:  towel pullup, towel knees to elbow, then next level….all 5 at once, no dropping…;-)

And for the most part, if you can do 15 towel pullups, the point becomes moot as you end up with hulk grip and can do legless rope climbs…because no sub is a 1-1 carry over.  Sometimes they’re progressions on the correct equipment, and sometimes they’re just something you can do in a globo gym…

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Posted: 28 March 2013 04:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thank you for the reply.  I’m gonna go ahead and pass on: towel pullup, towel knees to elbow, then next level….all 5 at once, no dropping…;-) That is pretty gnarly sub!

I will quit whining and work on my hulk grip with the towel pullups and some rock climbing training grips when my forearms get tired.

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Posted: 28 March 2013 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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You can also do a sled pull. If you have no sled, tie rope to heavy object and pull.

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Posted: 28 March 2013 12:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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BIG D - 28 March 2013 10:58 AM

You can also do a sled pull. If you have no sled, tie rope to heavy object and pull.

Yes, this one is awesome as well.

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Posted: 30 March 2013 11:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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For Rope Climb Sub I lie down and pull myself up and then lower myself back down to lying down, rather than climbing the rope.

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Posted: 01 April 2013 03:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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TexasPatrick - 28 March 2013 03:39 AM

I address that here:

http://www.crossfitbrandx.com/index.php/forums/viewthread/4825/

But to your point, yeah, no legs in towel pullups.  No rope either…...

Now, since a rope climb is one towel pullup and then one knees to elbows, you could do 5-6x of the following:  towel pullup, towel knees to elbow, then next level….all 5 at once, no dropping…;-)

And for the most part, if you can do 15 towel pullups, the point becomes moot as you end up with hulk grip and can do legless rope climbs…because no sub is a 1-1 carry over.  Sometimes they’re progressions on the correct equipment, and sometimes they’re just something you can do in a globo gym…

TP

You mean the hulk grip that Rich Froning has?  You mean when he tried to put a stamp on his win in 2010 during the last event but failed after not knowing how to climb a rope costing him tens of thousands of dollars? 

He learned how to climb a rope, and you should too!  - Drop the $100 bucks and get a rope and learn how to use your feet to push yourself up, just like climbing a wall.  Just buy a cheap manila with like 12ft? and a clamp and do repeats.  - http://www.repfitness.com/bodyweight-gymnastics/climbing-ropes

Thank me later when you win $250,00 instead of $100,000 at the CF games.

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