Inertia Wave vs. Battle Ropes
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Inertia Wave vs. Battle Ropes

by Dave Parise on Sep 05, 2022


In this Inertia Wave review I’m going to give you as much information as possible about this trending piece of gym equipment. 

I picked up a set of these about a month ago and so far I’ve enjoyed the challenge and comparing them to the battle ropes I already have.

What is Inertia Wave?

The Inertia Wave is a set of 9 feet long, latex tubes (special elastomers) that were designed for HIIT (high intensity interval training) to build a stronger core, give you a total body workout, and ramp up your metabolism.

Some call them a battle rope alternative but according to Inertia Wave, they are completely different, and I agree much better than battle ropes.

The product comes with a pair of carabiners and 18 inch anchor straps that you can attach anywhere.

They come in 8 different colors which all offer the same amount of resistance.

The colors are neon red, neon yellow, royal blue, fluorescent purple, military green, orange, and grey.


How Does Inertia Wave Work?

The Inertia Wave is a form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and is specifically designed to build a stronger core and enhance your speed, stamina, and strength. 

Once you start oscillating the tubes, the resistance you’re working against is the inertia that builds up in the tubes. 

Whatever amount of energy you put into it; it will throw right back out at you.

So not only do you exert energy by moving the tubes, but your body has to resist the energy the tubes shoot back at you.

That’s what forces you to use your entire body and engage all your muscles.

It utilizes all Energy Systems, and it is gentle on the internal structures like tendons and ligaments. 


I ordered the Inertia Wave bands on a Thursday, and it got to me on Monday so shipping was fast.

Once it arrived it came in a light grey heavy duty poly bag bag.

Once I opened the bag, the Inertia Wave bands were inside a clear plastic bag.




How Do You Use Inertia Wave

Set Up

Setting up the Inertia Wave ropes is very simple.

At the end of each band there is has a rubber-like handle and the other end has a carabiner attached to an anchor strap.

Anchor Point

The instructions say to anchor down the bands 24 – 36 inches apart, 36 – 40 inches from ground.

I hooked it up to my rig (squat rack) and I tried it 28 inches apart on the Olympic bar itself. I used my bumper plates and collars to stabilize the anchor point. 

They can really be attached to anything: dumbbells, weight sled, car trunk, fence, and anything you can think of.

After anchoring both bands down they are ready to use with the 7 methods of use.

Inertia Wave Workout

There are 7 methods of use with the Inertia Wave and each one follows a specific pattern and oscillating waves to give you a hell of a workout.

We’ll go over those methods below but before starting the workout, make sure you’re in an athletic stance and hold that position throughout the entire short bout from one to three minutes. 

Method 1: Inertia Wave

Method 2: Hero Wave

Method 3: Thunder Slap

Method 4: Double Over 

Method 5: Cross Fire

Method 6: Super Typhoon

Method 7: Oxygen Thief

Inertia Wave Duo

The Inertia Wave Duo is similar to the original Inertia Wave, but it is meant for team or group-based workouts.

You and a partner hold the opposite ends of the tubes and work together to perform the various methods of use.

The Duo doesn’t have anchor straps, instead it has a couple of wrist straps at each end.

This prevents the tubes from lashing back at the opposite user in the event that you lose your grip.

With the Duo, they’ve added 8 more methods of use for a total of 15 which makes it a whole lot more fun with a partner.

Inertia Wave vs Battle Ropes

I’ve always been a fan of battle ropes for conditioning and muscular endurance. 

And although I do get kick ass HIIT workout with battle ropes, I feel battle rope workouts can be limited by how quickly your arms and shoulders fatigue.

Especially with the heavier 2 inch battle ropes I own which feel more like an arm and shoulder workout than conditioning work out.

The big difference between the Inertia Wave and battle ropes is that the Inertia Wave pushes energy back at you, whereas the battle ropes “die” at the anchor point after you move your arms.

The energy the Inertia Wave throws back at you forces you to engage your whole body continuously in order to stabilize and absorb it.

Inertia Wave

  • Smooth, rhythmic, and coordinated movements
  • Engages your entire body and strengthens your core
  • Less than 2.7 pounds, its lightweight, portable and easy to store
  • With 30 ways to anchor you can work out and take it ANYWHERE!
  • Caloric Burn-EPOC far greater than Battle ropes (SCSU-MIT)
  • Does not fray, unwind or tear!
  • Cognitive connections are overwhelming, timing, hand eye coordination increased

Battle Ropes

  • Extreme muscle torque & tension on wrist and shoulder joints
  • Limited benefits engage anterior chain, bad posture
  • Heavy and bulky ropes clutter your workout space
  • Fixed attachments force all energy into floor/anchor point
  • Burns far less calories (Metabolic Labs SCSU-MIT)
  • Frays, unwinds, plastics dipped ends fall off

Inertia Wave Review

Before writing this Inertia Wave review, I wanted to test them out for a month and put them through several workouts.

Now I can finally say the Inertia Wave is completely different and a superior variation of battle ropes.

No only does it give you a killer HIIT workout and gets all your muscles involved, but it is more versatile.

It weighs less, takes up less space, forces you to use a lot of energy, it’s portable, and can be anchored down to pretty much anything.

I had some garage gym buddies come over and try these and they all said they have never felt an ass beating like that one in such a short period of time.

Now it’s your turn. 

Try the Inertia Wave and see for yourself how much of an awesome workout this is.