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Old 09-23-2011, 06:33 AM   #1
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Rope climbs under 15 feet...

What are your guys thoughts rope climbs that are not a full 15 feet? I have a rope hung in my garage where we can get up past 11 feet, but thats it.

The thing we do though is, NEVER use our feet so it makes it a bit harder and we just consider that 1 ascent...

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Old 09-23-2011, 06:49 AM   #2
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Re: Rope climbs under 15 feet...

Climbing with arms only is a totally different exercise so your substitution is not good I think.


One solution : total length of climbing.

When the standard length is 15 feet, 5 ascents = 75 feet.

Substitution : 7x11 feet ascents or 8x10 feet acsents.

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Old 09-23-2011, 07:23 AM   #3
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Re: Rope climbs under 15 feet...

Would you not think that arms only makes the exercise harder? I find using feet is a dramatically easier than not.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:30 AM   #4
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Re: Rope climbs under 15 feet...

Arms only is the closest thing to the old Olympic Event. Those guys did a 25' rope, IIRC, from the ground up in around 3 seconds...and that was long before Crossfit, so they obviously couldn't have been Elite Athletes

But I doubt you're going to be able to do the volume/reps Rx'd if you're climbing that way. It'd be like subbing weighted deadhang pullups for kipping pullups. For subbing, you'll probably want to cut the total distance down. Like Ludovic said, it's a whole different exercise.
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Re: Rope climbs under 15 feet...

See thats just it, we have been doing the reps and wods Rxd doing it this way, sure its harder, but we are used to it now....we start butt on the ground and climb up arms only that way. In my opinion, starting standing while using your feet cuts the distance down quite a bit...

Something to play with I guess....
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:31 PM   #6
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Re: Rope climbs under 15 feet...

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See thats just it, we have been doing the reps and wods Rxd doing it this way, sure its harder, but we are used to it now....we start butt on the ground and climb up arms only that way. In my opinion, starting standing while using your feet cuts the distance down quite a bit...

Something to play with I guess....
I agree. If you say "no jumping" or starting seated the distance ends up being the same and it is harder than rx'd if it's arms only.
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:17 PM   #7
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Re: Rope climbs under 15 feet...

At our facility we have 14' ceilings, and the ropes actually hang from 13'.
We teach proper rope climbs with different foot holding techniques. In a WOD, we start from a seated position but engage the feet a soon as we can; And 2 ascents = one 20' climb.
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