Battle of the Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes have become increasingly popular in the fitness world, and for very good reason.

Not only do battle ropes kick your butt, and kick your butt very fast, battle ropes can also be lots of fun and can provide lots of variety.

With battle ropes gaining a nearly mythical amount of popularity, there have of course been many new varieties of “battle ropes” created. Today I’m going to look into a few of them.

As someone who works with older adults, im always looking safe high intensity exercises to perform with my clients, and the variety of “battle ropes” I now have work perfectly.

I use standard battle ropes, the Inertia Wave, and The Son of the Beast with my older adult clients, and will explain them all below.

Battle Rope:

Battle Rope Waves

The basic battle rope is the one that started it all.  Looking like nothing more than a fisherman’s rope, these basics are great for strength and conditioning exercises alike.

While the battle rope has nearly countless exercise varieties, I tend to stick with the basics for my older adult clients

The Battle Rope Wave is the most basic of battle rope exercises. But don’t let that fool you, go all out for 30 seconds, and try to catch your breath.

Inertia Wave

Inertia Wave: So quick you can’t see it, but can you hear it?

The Inertia Wave is a lightweight and compact version of a battle rope. It is basically a very large resistance band, and uses inertia as its form of resistance.

While the Inertia Wave can be a little tricky to get right, it really is an amazing high intensity exercise, that while it’s similar to the standard battle rope, it feels totally different.

If you are looking to add some unique variety to your exercise routine, I would highly recommend the Inertia Wave. Just listen to it, and it will tell you it’s working!

Son of the Beast

Son of the Beast with TRX Rip Stick attached.

The Son of the Beast from Stroops Fitness is a very unique take on the traditional battle rope, it uses resistance bands wrapped in a heavy duty sheath.

The Son of the Beast is close to matching the feel of the standard battle rope, but where it excels is its ability to use attachments, and its ability to accommodate lower body training.

Check out this really cool, high intensity, chest flye and battle rope combo.

By attaching a TRX Rip Stick (or something similar) to The Son of the Beast you can simulate using a sledgehammer, without the damages.

Another cool thing about The Son of the Beast is you can attach a belt and do a variety of lower body work as seen below.

These are the 3 most common “battle ropes” that I use with my older adult clients.

They are all very high value additions to any workout. While it is hard to fully simulate the original battle rope with anything but the original, that’s not neccesarily a bad thing.

If you’re looking for the original battle rope feel, than honestly you can’t beat the original.

If you’re looking for lots if high intensity variety, then I would highly recommend The Son of the Beast.

The Inertia Wave is very unique in its own right, and is an amazing form of quick high intensity exercise.

Honestly, its hard to go wrong with any of the three.

If your over 40 and in the Eugene, Oregon area, and would like to try a free week of Personal Training contact me now!

Personal Training for Older Adults and Seniors in Eugene, Oregon

Personal Training for Older Adults and Seniors in Eugene, Oregon
Personal Training for Older Adults and Seniors in Eugene, Oregon

Are you are an older adult or senior in Eugene?

Are you interested in a happy, healthy, strong and fit retirement?

Are you interested in working out at a small studio, not a huge gym?

Are you looking for someone who specializes in working specifically with older adults and seniors?

Are you ready to start feeling stronger, healthier, and more energetic?

40 Plus Personal Training Eugene Testimonials
Personal Training for Older Adults and Seniors in Eugene, Oregon

40 Plus Personal Training has been helping older adults and seniors, live happy, healthy, strong, and energetic lifestyles since 2013!

I’ve been a personal trainer since 2004, but have dedicated myself to working with people over 40 (mostly seniors) since 2013.

In that time, I feel like I have built the perfect routine to help older adults and seniors reach all of their fitness goals.

But enough from me, I would rather let my testimonials do the talking.

40 Plus Personal Training Testimonials

Chin Ups at 40 Plus Personal Training

“Absolutely the best thing I do for myself, worth every cent! I never thought I would see myself building muscle and toning up at 70. -Karen, 71

“This is a fabulous way to keep on the fit train. Colt designs a brilliant series of exercises, ever mindful of one’s strengths and limitations.”

Landmine Push Press at 40 Plus Personal Training

“Colt challenges me to be my best! A low key atmosphere allows me to feel comfortable. No frilly gym equipment-yuck. I feel strong and looking forward to getting old gracefully.” -Amanda, 58″

“Colt provides exactly what I was looking for, a workout regime that is, safe and appropriate for me. The sessions are fun and rewarding. I can’t recommend it enough.” -DG

Dumbbell Bench Press at 40 Plus Personal Training

“Colt provides a fun and challenging workout environment. We started 5 and a half years ago, and haven’t looked back. New exercises every week, and my wife and I have gotten in the best shape we have been in years. Highly recommend.” -Hal, 73

Sled Pulls at 40 Plus Personal Training

“Challenging, but worth the effort!” -Jay -74

“Colt works from where you are in strength. It is amazing how fast you can progress in strength, muscle toning, and endurance. Varied exercises designed just for you!” -Maryly 68

TRX Fallouts at 40 Plus Personal Training

“So very thankful I found this personal trainer! He took the time to understand my goals, then helped me achieve them. I’m 60 petite and had begun losing muscle mass. Since training with Colt, I’ve gained muscle and feel so much stronger as 9 healthier. My husband loves that when he hugs me, I no longer feel fragile. The workouts grow trougher gradually, so you don’t get injured. But, they’re still TOUGH. Every workout is a bit different and the exercises are in a particular order to fatigue certain muscle groups, very important for my goal. This is something that has worked so well for me, that I’ve committed to it for as many years as I can. Thanks, Colt!”

40 Plus Personal Training Variety

“I’ve lost 30lbs since starting at 40 Plus Personal Training. I always recommend Colt to my friends and co-workers.” -Kit

“My strength is up, and my weight is down thanks to Colt.” -Rachel

Constant Variety at 40 Plus Personal Training

“Colt works with you on what you want to work on, but more importantly, he helps you in the areas you need help.” -Tim

Barbell Rollouts at 40 Plus Personal Training

“Great workout for building strength! Very unintimidating, but challenging. I’ve been working out at 40 Plus Personal Training for almost 6 years. Highly recommend!” -Linda

Continuous Effort at 40 Plus Personal Training

“Colt gets it! The year and a half I have been working with him, is the best I have felt I my life.”

More Variety at 40 Plus Personal Training

“I show up and follow Colt’s great instructions, and a few months later I’m down two sizes.”-Sandy

“I came to Colt in my 40s following orthopedic surgery on my leg. We put together a plan to rehab my leg, and have stayed with him since. Now I’m approaching the strength and conditioning I had in my 20s. I appreciate his laid back style and how he constantly changes up workouts. I highly recommend Colt.” -Ben

Battle Rope at 40 Plus Personal Training

“When I started working with Colt I hadn’t exercised in 4 years. He started where I was, and helped me progress at a healthy pace. One year later I’m down 23 pounds, 2 sizes, and most importantly I feel great. Colt is easy to work with, very knowledgeable, and just a nice guy. I highly recommend him.” -Becky

40 Plus Personal Training is Constantly Changing

“My experience with 40 Plus Personal Training started a year ago. I was debilitated from back surgery and general inactivity and really needed some help getting back to a good level of fitness. Colt has exceeded my expectations as a trainer. He is patient and knowledgeable. He varies the workouts, and while challenging, it is always fun and never boring! My strength and sense of well being are at an all time high! Highly recommend 40 Plus Personal Training.”    -Karen

“Getting in shape over 40 isn’t much fun. I’ve found gyms to be intimidating, and generally uncomfortable. At 40 Plus Personal Training, it’s pretty much just me. I can work at my own pace, for the most part. There is some push to the training along with a few corny jokes. It’s all in good fun and the result is that I keep going back. I highly recommend 40 Plus Personal Training.” -Sanford

“Would highly recommend. Was not able to get up on my own after hips being replaced and now am doing great. Went so good my wife joined.” -Jack

“All exercises are thoughtfully designed and executed. Very professional.” -Jakyoung

“Being over 70 years old I’m very concerned about safety. Colt always takes the time to demonstrate the correct way of doing exercises and makes modifications if you have issues with specific body parts (arthritic shoulder). He continuously does his research finding new exercises and equipment to strengthen muscles, making each session fresh and non repetitive. Over the past two and a half years I feel my strength, balance and flexibility have improved considerably thanks to Colt.” -Tony

“Colt continues to show great patience with me as he teaches me new resistance moves to strengthen my body. He is encouraging and positive. When I have a puzzled look, he immediately demonstrates the exercise. He is always prepared for class. He sanitizes the weights and mats after each use.” -Diane

40 Plus Personal Training Virtual Orientation

Virtual Orientation: Free Week of Personal Training in Eugene Oregon
Virtual Orientation: Free Week of Personal Training in Eugene, Oregon

Free Week of Personal Training in Eugene, Oregon

In the 17 plus years that I have been a personal trainer, I have always offered a free week of personal training, to get people started.

Always have, always will.

Working with a personal trainer can sometimes be an intimidating proposition.

Hopefully the free week of personal training helps to relieve some of that intimidation.

I also like to provide a pressure free environment, no sales pitches, no trying to change your mind.

If after your free week of personal training you choose to continue working out at 40 Plus Personal Training AWESOME! If you don’t I understand.

With the COVID-19 Pandemic among us, I started wondering how I could make the initial meeting with a personal trainer as comfortable as possible.

Enter the virtual orientation.

Virtual Orientation at 40 Plus Personal Training

With the virtual orientation, I wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to get started at 40 Plus Personal Training.

I’ve provided a video below that describes exactly what to expect, when you schedule your free week of personal training.

Watch the video and please schedule your free week of personal training.

Hopefully you enjoyed the video. But if not, here is a quick overview

  • Why are you looking for a personal trainer?
  • What are your goals?
  • What do you what a personal trainer to provide you?
  • Do you have any weight lifting experience?
  • Do you have a history of injuries?
  • Dealing with any injuries right now?
  • Are you taking any medications?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • What the first workout will look like.
  • What the first week and future workouts will look like.

Beginner Workout at 40 Plus Personal Training

I think it is important for you to know what you are getting.

So below I’ve provided a video of both a beginner circuit and advanced circuit at 40 Plus Personal Training.

Enjoy 😀

  • Lat Pull Downs 10 reps
  • Bar Push Ups 10 reps
  • Bench Squats 10 reps
  • Straight Leg Deadlifts 10 reps

Advanced Workout at 40 Plus Personal Training

  • Dumbbell Pull Overs 10 reps
  • Cable Pull Overs 10 reps
  • Resistance Band Reverse Flyes
  • Medicine Ball Slams 10 reps

Well, since you’ve gotten this far, hopefully you have learned everything you need to know about your free week of personal training.

Call Text 541-505-6779 or Email


What is 40 Plus Personal Training?

40 Plus Personal Training opened in 2013 with one goal, to help people over 40 have the healthiest lives possible.

I’ve been a personal trainer since 2004 and since 2013 I have put all of my efforts into building the safest and most effective work out routines I possibly can.

40 Plus Personal Training is about life strength, not brute strength. Live to fight another day. Happy and healthy.

I want to build you up safely for the long haul, while minimizing risk and maximizing variety.


1. How long have you been a personal trainer?

I’ve been a personal trainer since 2004.

2. How long has 40 Plus Personal Training been in business?

I started 40 Plus Personal Training in 2013.

3. Why did you choose over 40?

When I decided to start my own Personal Training studio, I did a bunch of research and realized that I liked working with this group of people best, and also realized that unfortunately this age group was massively under utilized. So I decided to step in.

4. Where are you located?

Oakway Golf Course
2000 Cal Young Rd Suite C
Eugene, Oregon 97401

5. How much is it?

I offer the first 3 sessions 100% free. After that its $300/month (8 sessions) with no contracts.

If you would like to try a free week of personal training please contact me today.

Phone: 541-505-6779
Text: 541-505-6779

Location: Oakway Golf Course

2000 Cal Young Rd Suite C
Eugene, Oregon 97401

40 Plus Personal Training: COVID-19 UPDATE

40 Plus Personal Training COVID-19 Update

Week 1 COVID-19 Update at 40 Plus Personal Training

I just wanted to give a quick update on how things are going, after 1 week of being re-opened from the stay at home mandate.

Luckily in my business as a personal trainer, with my own private gym, things haven’t changed all that much.

I wear a mask, clean everything after every session, vacuum as much as possible (no idea if it helps but why not), keep both doors open for airflow. Beyond that its just kind of weird.

The only real change, currently, is getting rid of my groups that aren’t related, but hopefully the expansion will allow that to happen soon.

Here’s a little video, to provide a visual. Sorry for the shaky camera…


Stay Safe

COVID-19, Social Distancing, Gyms and Personal Training in Eugene, Oregon

COVID-19, Social Distancing, Gyms and Personal Training in Eugene, Oregon

The Beginning of COVID-19 and Gym Closures in Eugene, Oregon

In the middle of March 2020 the world was turning into a weird and confusing place. COVID-19 had spread through China, was spreading through Europe and beginning to start its spread through the United States.

COVID-19 and Gym Closures

There was a very eerie feeling going on, to say the least. Without having all the information and not wanting to harm any of my clients, I shut down 40 Plus Personal Training on Thursday March 19th.

Little did I know, four days later, nearly the entire state of Oregon, and later the United States would shut down.

Life had just turned into an “is this real?” moment. I’m very lucky and thankful that my family and friends are all healthy, and am very thankful we got to have a “soft quarantine” in Eugene, Oregon.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like in China, Italy, NYC and many other places around the world.

None of us had any idea of what the world was going to look like. So it was time to buckle down, and stay safe.

But what was going to happen to 40 Plus Personal Training, what would the entire fitness industry look like?

Social Distancing and the Rise of Online Personal Training

Social Distancing and the Rise of Online Personal Training

Nearly the entire world was dealing with some form of stay at home order, leaving most industries struggling to figure out what to do next.

Big gyms, small gyms, yoga studios, personal training studios, spin classes, and nearly every other form of exercise based business was frantically trying to build there own virtual fitness systems.

These systems worked to keep millions of people safe and active from their own homes.

I’m sure millions of people worldwide found out they liked working out from home, well millions more found out they did not.

Personally I created a few different programs to keep my 40 Plus Personal Training clients active.

Beginner Home Workouts for Seniors

Advanced Home Workouts for Older Adults and Seniors

Finally, I began building a much more detailed program for current 40 Plus Personal Training clients and have begun to slowly open it up to everyone else.

I was getting excited, that I have finally created an online personal training business, that I have wanted to do for literally 15 years.

And BOOM. May 15th, gyms in Lane County are allowed to open.

The Re-Opening of Gyms and Personal Training in Eugene, Oregon

I spent the entire weekend calling, texting, and emailing my 40 Plus Personal Training clients.

To my surprise over 80% of my clients were ready to return!

I was honestly scared 40 Plus Personal Training was going to be done.

Yeah, I had already built an online personal training program, that will hopefully turn into the real deal, eventually.

But, I was already looking into plans B, and C.

40 Plus Personal Training is obviously not out of the woods yet, well because nobody in the world is. But over 80%, that is AWESOME!

Thank you everyone!


Now that I knew the vast majority of my clients where ready to come back, it was time to deliver great workouts again, and more importantly keep them safe.

After reading the guidelines for gyms to be reopened, I was happy to see that nearly everything was already being done at 40 Plus Personal Training.

Keep my distance, wear masks and gloves, clean handles and dumbbells after every session, and we should be ok.

I will say I’m very glad that 40 Plus Personal Training is a small private personal training studio, not a huge gym, I don’t know how they are going to be able to do it.

COVID-19 Procedure at 40 Plus Personal Training

  • 1 client, or 1 couple per session, in a 750 square foot facility
  • Bring your own towel to lay on benches, for added protection.
  • Bring your own yoga mat, sorry I won’t be providing them for the time being.
  • Bringing your own masks and gloves is recommended.
  • I will be wearing a mask and gloves for your protection.
  • Clean benches, handles, and dumbbells after every session.
  • Vaccuum after every session.

If you are feeling unsure about going back to your big gym, but still want to workout, take advantage of the personal training advantage.

Try 40 Plus Personal Training Today

Tips for Going Back to the Gym During Covid-19.

Tips for Going Back to the Gym During COVID-19

Eugene, Oregon has recently started phase 1 of our reopening of the economy.

I will be opening my gym back up tomorrow.

Naturally, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to do to keep my clients as safe as possible.

So first I will share the obvious things with you.

  • Wear gloves, I found them at Walgreens
  • Keep as much distance as possible
  • Bring your own water bottle.
  • Wear a mask if you can handle it.
  • Go during non peak hours, if possible.
  • Clean, clean, clean, clean, and clean some more.

Luckily for me, I run a personal training studio that will never have more than two people (plus me) at a time. So i naturally keep more of a distance and can easily clean.

Now a few of the less obvious things.

  • bring your own gym mats
  • bring an oversized towel to lay down on any benches you use.
  • If you like resistance band work, then bring your own bands or are my favorites.
  • Get fat grips and put them on any dumbbells/bars you use, for added protection.
  • Purchase your own handles for any cable or trx exercises you do. Your bands might even already have some.

Ok well, those are just some simple ideas. Let me know if you have more.

Stay SAFE.

If you’re not ready to go back to the gym yet, I have built an at home workout routine for seniors, contact me if you’re interested.