When the new Glitter Gym opened up I walked through the floor of equipment passing judgment. Good, bad, awful, and so on. I was doing some recon on what I would use to build workouts. One piece of equipment made me laugh.
It was a flat bench with an arm that held a thick black rope. The person exercising was pulling the rope, which looped back around. It looked silly. I dismissed it and continued my recon.
About a month later as I was heading out of the gym, I decided I’d give it a try as a joke. I experimented with the different settings and found the two highest tension settings to be interesting. Unlike the other members of the gym that were using the easy setting for 10-15 minutes, I used the 2 highest settings and did 3 sets of 30 seconds. All out.
There were also three angles you could pull the rope from. I preferred the straight vertical.
It was humbling. I got a great HIIT like workout without pounding my knees. I liked it a lot better than the rowing machines, which never clicked with me.
Apparently these machines have been around for years, but this was the first time I had seen one. Have you tried an Endless Rope machine? What did you think? There are tutorials online showing how some people have made their own.