By MH Staff - Posted on 11th March 2014
Rescue a damsel (or intensify your training) with tips from Marcus Bondi, Guinness World Record holder for rope climbing
Chalk up to prevent rope burn. No chalk at the gym? Buy it at a good sports shop. If you don’t like the powdery feel, use fingerless climbing gloves.
Stand facing the rope with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent. Grab it with your dominant hand as high as you can without locking your elbow. Contract your shoulders and tighten your abs for power. In one motion, pull yourself up while kicking with your opposite knee up and out. Gaze up to your next grip so you don’t grab air.
Using the momentum from the first pull, grab the rope with your free hand about a foot above your original grip. Covering a shorter distance at first helps your body adjust to and move with the swaying rope. Pull yourself up again, this time kicking upward with your opposite knee for momentum. The goal is to establish a rhythm of short bursts of movement: reach and brace, pull and kick, repeat.
If you can’t scale the rope with your arms only, use a foot lock to enlist your legs. Form a step with your feet by wrapping the rope under one foot and over the other. Push off this step. Once your hands regrip the rope, create another step and proceed.
Grip and release the rope with the middle of your inner thighs for support. Your arms shouldn’t extend outward from your body more than 90 degrees. Don’t drop; even one metre of sliding can seriously burn your hands and thighs.