As far as fitness equipment goes, climbing rope hardly needs an introduction. The benefits of scaling rope for strength and muscle conditioning are time tested. There was even a time when every school had a rope hanging from the ceiling in gym class.
Times have changed and most folks do not have the strength or skill to shimmy up a thick 15-30 foot rope. which is probably why this exercise tool is making a comeback. From MMA athlete training programs to specialized bodyweight training, to climbing gyms with ropes, this is fun and functional fitness at its best.
There are several techniques to getting up a rope, hand-over-hand, hand-over-hand with foot crimping, or utilizing the hands and feet simultaneously. Some people even get strong enough to climb one-handed! Rope is not cheap; a fifteen foot length with a 1 1/2" diameter thickness will run $100 dollars or more before shipping.
grade A Manila fibers.
This is the same material used for battling ropes and in strongman competitions. Choose a diameter you can get a good grip on. 1 1/2" is normal, but thinner rope is available, down to 3/4".
Nylon and polyester fiber may be cheaper, but these materials can cause rope burns when a person slides down or hangs on for any length of time. An exception to this is the poly/dacron blends. Make sure the rope is designed for climbing and is fitted with an end cap allowing it to be hooked to a secure anchor.
One thing you can be sure of; this is a fun piece of equipment and you might want more than one of them!