Fitness Trainer reinvents the old exercise regimen that brings a high intensity workout in as little as 5 minutes
Rokas Bakstys, international professional surf coach and physical trainer, has reinvented an ancient martial arts exercise regimen that delivers high intensity training with low impact in as little as 5 minutes, using weighted ropes.
For centuries, the martial arts have practiced a physical and mental exercise known as “Rope Flow”, using a chain whip or meteor hammer. Bakstys modified this relatively unknown Kung Fu routine with a weighted rope he imagined, bringing the same mental and physical stamina as the old exercise.
Bakstys says he always wanted to incorporate Rope Flow into his surf training routine, but didn’t feel comfortable using a gun with his clients. Finding nothing on the market, he recreated physical and mental exercise using three different types of weighted ropes. He named it, Octomoves.
“Rope Flow is unique because it connects the mind and body with an exercise that will leave you breathless within the first 5 minutes after trying it,” Bakstys said. “Most training programs focus on the body or the mind – one or the other – but rarely both. Rope Flow forces you to focus, while the weighted rope continually works your muscles.
Bakstys says Rope flow may also improve mobility and joint health, increase cardio, reduce anxiety and stress, and maintain cognitive function as people age. Each weighted rope is delivered with videos and training modules which demonstrate the variations of Rope Flow.
“You can benefit from these exercises with as little as 5 minutes a day,” Bakstys said. “But the more you play with it, the more you win. If you’re just starting your active lifestyle, start with as little as 5 minutes a day. And as you practice these exercises on a daily basis, your body will adapt and you will see quick results.
How Rope Flow brings mind and body together
Octomoves subjects muscles to a full range of motion that includes extension, flexion, internal and external rotation.
The classic 8-way routine opens the hips and relieves tension in the middle of the back – areas that frequently stiffen over time. Exercise also activates the glutes and deep core which can relax after prolonged sitting.
The Flow state forces users to focus on the rope during exercise, providing a mental release of tension. As users enter the state of Flow, Bakstys says they will experience a form of moving meditation, relieving their stress and anxiety.
Users can choose cardio intensity with Rope Flow, opting for a slow, steady session or higher intensity intervals. And since users don’t jump up and down, it has minimal impact on the joints.
Learning any new stimulating skill activates the brain and improves cognitive function.
Bakstys says this cognitive function also applies with Rope Flow where users have to learn a new exercise routine, while also incorporating patterns on a weighted rope. This attention to detail improves cognitive function as users practice and learn new movements.
“I use Octomoves with my personal clients, and they all say they feel instant benefits,” Bakstys said. “I also see how Rope Flow improves their coordination and mobility as their minds become more focused. It is like a zen state that strengthens the muscles while the mind focuses on the exercises.