Battle Ropes? Life can be a BATTLE!

Dec 12, 2013
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Training athletes with disabilities with battle ropes?ABSOLUTELY!  Some would say, “Isn’t life hard enough?”  Our athletes that train with high intensity and functional activities like throwing battle ropes and medicine balls around love the training method.  They better themselves each semester with values for strength, flexibility, power, and agility.  So I say, why not train them with the same intensity that all athletes train?  Why not make workouts hard so life might get easier.   Sure, life is hard.  I am married to a quadriplegic and looking at daily activities that he faces like pushing in snow and ice, tough transfers, monitoring liquid intake on a moment by moment basis, muscle spasms, fine motor challenges, etc. is a constant battle.  He is amazing and conquers those battles on a daily basis.  The athletes that train with us are both recreational that compete at the community level and highly elite athletes that compete at the Paralympic level.  Both groups gravitate toward the hard activities because it pushes them and shows them what they are capable of.  Our philosophy is that all people are capable of so much more than even they think they can do!  So, yes bring on the battle ropes, hurdles, weighted sleds, medicine balls, slide boards, balance boards, sand pits, kettle bells, and more!  Never mind the wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetic legs/arms, AFO’s, crutches, canes, tethers, and more.  We can modify and adapt to make these hard workouts possible and a good challenge to overcome.  Let’s let these drive us on to more creative training methods and for these athletes accomplishing more in their daily lives like school, work, family, relationships.  Let them get brave and step up and out believing they can conquer that next daily challenge with utmost grace and confidence.  So, let’s do LIFE and BATTLE on!

Author: Heather Pennington

  • Elizabeth Vander Kamp

    Heather! Yes, here’s to meeting life’s challenges and using training as a metaphor for all of it. We still miss you and Josh at Lakeshore, but are muddling through the best we can without you! All the Best, Elizabeth