Take a hard line on total-body fitness with this heavy-duty rope workout

Oct 10, 2021 by Bellamia Giavanna

Take a hard line on total body fitness

Working on a luxury yacht among the outrageously wealthy, famous, and beautiful can cause a crew member to consider stepping up their A-game in the area of fitness. But when owners or guests are aboard, work shifts can be as long as 16 hours a day. Waking up at the crack of dawn to mop the deck, setting up lounge chairs for the owner’s day in the sun, and making sure everything is in tip-top shape for invited guests can leave very little time or desire to exercise.

Crew who think working hard is the same as working out need to rethink that assumption. Extremely long shifts might be physically exhausting, but working is not the same as exercising to build one’s physique. At the end of an exhausting workday, you might feel as if you have spent three hours in the gym, but your muscle tone and development won’t look like you have been pumping iron in your bathing suit on your off day.

Getting a total-body workout without leaving the glorious sunshine of a yacht deck is possible — and very doable! It may seem too good to be true, but, oh, how true it is. Every yacht provides one of the best workout tools to rip and tone a human body from head to toe. And that valuable piece of workout equipment has already been in the hands, literally, of yacht crew a thousand times. Of course, I speak of ropes — lines! I mean lines!

Heavy lines, long and short, make some of the best workout equipment there is on a yacht: they are extremely cumbersome, thus creating an opportunity for muscles to be overloaded; they allow for an increase in workout type, intensity, and/or duration for faster improvements; and they are always there, in plain sight, ready for a quick workout in the middle of a busy day.

There are three basic motions that bring about the fastest muscular gains.

  • Waves — fluctuating pattern of force toward the anchor of the line.
  • Slams — dominant force aimed at the ground.
  • Whips — snap-like force aimed toward the anchor securing the line.

Performing all three rope movements consecutively without much rest overwhelms the body’s upper, lower and core muscles, which, as a result, adapt in size, strength and endurance.

One last thing: When it comes to lines, size does indeed matter! To avoid injury, do not try to work a rope that’s too heavy or too long for your current fitness level. Keep in mind this twist on an old seaman’s adage: “It’s the motion of the ocean and the size of the line that will yield the best results.”

Bellamia Giavanna is a certified fitness trainer.

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