Rope climb

The rope climb is an exercise that is used commonly in CrossFit workouts and as a test of upper-body strength. It was even contested at the Olympics in the early 20th century. It targets a wide range of upper-body musculature, including the hands and forearms, shoulders, biceps, lats (latissimus dorsi), and core.


  1. Builds serious grip, biceps, and pulling strength
  2. Classic test of both strength and strength endurance
  3. Can be performed with or without involvement from the feet

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Rope climb Instructions

Rope climb muscle diagram
  1. Grab the rope with both hands above your head. Pull down on the rope as you take a small jump.
  2. Wrap the rope around one leg, using your feet to pinch the rope. Reach up as high as possible with your arms, gripping the rope tightly.
  3. Release the rope from your feet as you pull yourself up with your arms, bringing your knees towards your chest.
  4. Resecure your feet on the rope, and then stand up to take another high hold on the rope. Continue until you reach the top of the rope.
  5. To lower yourself, loosen the grip of your feet on the rope as you slide down using a hand over hand motion.