How To Anchor Battle Ropes At Home. Battle ropes can be mounted with special battle rope anchor kits or they can be looped through other equipment in the home gym.
I want to teach you how to anchor battle ropes at home the right way. I’ve heard so many complaints from people who are frustrated with their rope slipping or pulling out of their wall. If you follow the instructions below, you’ll get it right the first time with as little frustration as possible.
What You Need To Anchor Your Battle Ropes
Before we get too far into it, I assume you already have a set of battle ropes, but if you are just looking, have a quick read of my “how to make your own battle ropes” article.
I share some low-cost methods that you can most likely take advantage of right away.
Now, let’s get on to it.
To anchor to the wall, which is the most secure way, you’ll need:
- A battle rope anchor strap kit
- A power drill
- The proper drill bit: a masonry bit for cinder block or brick walls or a wood bit for wall studs – Get the right type of bit for what you’re mounting your anchor to
- Level (optional)
- Correct screwdriver or bit for your screws
You can also use a kettlebell to anchor your battle rope. This is great for traveling or working out at a park. In this case, all you need is:
- The heaviest kettlebell you have
- Sandbags or similar heavy objects
Many people use heavy gym equipment to anchor their rope. If that appeals to you, you only need your rope. But this isn’t recommended. It’s usually hard to keep battle ropes from slipping if they’re not anchored solidly.
How To Anchor Battle Ropes To A Wall Step By Step
You really should have a battle rope anchor in your home gym. They take up inches, literally. And they can’t slip. When you’re done with your rope workout, all you have to do is pull the rope out of its anchor and store it.
- Decide where you want your anchor. I have mine in a corner, because I don’t have to move any of my equipment out of the way when I want to do some waves or slams. Just look at the layout of your gym, or whatever room you’re going to do your workouts in, and pick a spot that will offer you plenty of room. You’ll need anywhere from 6 to 25 feet from the wall, depending on the length of your rope.
- Decide the height. I mounted my anchor at three feet from the floor. It all depends on what kind of rope workouts you usually do. You can even mount two or more anchors, one above another, at different heights to accommodate different workouts.
- Mark your holes. If your gym is drywalled, you really need to mount into a stud. Concrete or brick walls don’t present this problem. Anyway hold the anchor against the wall at the height you will mount it. A level will ensure the anchor is completely vertical. This isn’t that crucial, but it looks better. When your happy with your placement, use your pencil to mark the wall right through the mounting holes.
- Drill the holes. Use a bit of the correct size for the screws that came with your anchor kit. Be sure to use the correct bit for the wall you’re drilling into as well. Drill all of the holes deep enough to fully accept the screw. Here's a video that shows you how to drill into concrete walls, if that's what you have to do.
- Screw the anchor to the wall. Make sure the screws go all the way in and the anchor is firmly secured to the wall.
- Loop your rope through the strap and give it some tests waves
There ya go. The whole project should cost about $25, as long as you already have a drill. It will probably take about 10 minutes, tops.
How To Anchor Battle Ropes To A Kettlebell Step By Step
If you don’t want to bother will attaching an anchor to your wall, you can use a kettlebell as an anchor point for exercises that require low mounting. This is great for people who don’t actually have home gyms. And it’s an innovative way to get in some killer workouts on business trips or vacations.
- Place your heaviest kettlebell on the floor close to a wall.
- Loop your battle rope through the kettlebell’s handle and walk back until the two sides of the rope are of equal length.
- Check for obstructions and move your kettlebell anchor, if necessary.
- Place sandbags or anything heavy around and on top of your kettlebell
- Test it. Start slow and make sure the kettlebell doesn’t move too much.
That’s all there is to it. You can even do this outside on a nice day. I love working out in fresh air. The drawback here is that you have to haul your heavy kettlebell and whatever you’re using to weight it down with you wherever you’re going.
How To Anchor Battle Ropes To Gym Equipment
Do you have some big, heavy equipment in your gym, like a power cage, squat rack or even a weight bench? Many of us do. Heavy objects can make good anchors. This video shows how to attach battle ropes to different types of gym equipment for different rope exercises.
You can just loop your rope around anything that’s convenient for that purpose. It can be that simple. Or, if you want to be more professional about it, you can use something like a big carabiner or even a large C-clamp. Just attach your carabiner-like thingy to your equipment at the proper level, then loop your rope through it.
Can I Anchor My Battle Rope To My Ceiling For Climbing Exercises?
Contrary to what I used to tell me P.E, teacher in high school, it is possible to climb a rope. In fact, that’s a fantastic way to build upper body strength.
You’ve got to have a really high ceiling, of course. But you can use a regular battle rope anchor strap kit for a ceiling mount. The process is similar to mounting to a wall, but you have to decide on lateral placement rather than height. And you absolutely must screw the anchor into a joist. Use screws with the deepest threads you can find. Don’t go with the cheapest anchor strap kit you can find. Check the specs and get the toughest one you can find. If you can find reviews on the kit, check them and look for red flags like breaking or fraying.
You may actually be better off hiring a pro for this. Call around and find a good quote. You can probably find a general contractor or handyman who will do this job cheap for some quick extra cash.
How Can I Anchor Battle Ropes Outside?
You can anchor your battle ropes outside the same way you do inside, in some cases. You can mount an anchor to the side of your house, shed or outbuilding. You can even mount an anchor to a tree, if you’re so inclined.
One of my neighbors tied a thick regular rope loosely around his big Elm tree. When he wants to do some battle rope workouts in the outdoors, he just loops his battle rope through the regular rope. It’s so easy. He can adjust the rope to the height he needs, and the rough bark holds it in place. Any post will do.
Have you enjoyed our little tutorial? Now you can see how a properly anchored battle rope will help you get a great workout, whether you’re doing waves, slams or climbing. But an improperly anchored rope will cause you endless frustration by slipping, or even damaging your wall.
I’d like to hear what you think in the comments below. If you have other tricks regarding how to anchor battle ropes, let me know in the comments below. I will update the article with your tips. And go ahead and share this post, so others can learn how to anchor battle ropes at home the correct way.