Rock climbing and bouldering are engaging, high-energy activities, perfect for people of all ages and physical fitness levels.
As your skills develop and you start to tackle more difficult climbs, your confidence will grow immensely, increasing your enjoyment of the activity overall.
But there can be significant health and fitness benefits to climbing, too. Read on to learn how indoor rock climbing can help you gain muscle, lose weight and improve your strength and cardio-vascular fitness.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find an activity that burns as many calories in such a short period of time as rock climbing and bouldering.
In a typical 90 minute session of continuous climbing, it’s not uncommon to burn in excess of 1000 calories.
It isn’t even necessary to complete each climb and reach the top – as long as you are off the ground, your core and abdominal muscles, as well as your legs, arms and fingers will all be engaged, helping to raise your heart rate and place your body in a fat-burning state.
Strength & Muscle Gain
During many of the movements and manoeuvres you’ll perform while climbing, every major muscle group in your body will be engaged, from your core to your legs to your chest, arms, shoulders and back.
The lifting and pulling motions found in climbing are excellent for developing upper-body strength, and it won’t be long before you could start to see increases in lean muscle mass, especially when your physical activity is combined with a balanced diet high in protein and carbohydrates.
Many have used climbing to assist in building toned and defined physiques, particularly when adopted as part of a regular strength training program.
Endurance & Flexibility
Beyond basic strength, successful climbing often requires navigating the wall in unique ways, manoeuvring your body in ways you may not be used to. Learning to move your body differently – as climbing and bouldering encourages you to do – can be an excellent way to develop your flexibility.
In addition to a wide range of climbing and bouldering opportunities, yoga classes are available throughout the week at Alpine Indoor Climbing, assisting you with your full-body strength, general flexibility, breathing techniques and mental clarity – all useful for when you’re next up on the wall.
It is true that climbing and navigating more difficult routes is as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one. Every climb can be broken down into a specific combination of movements; it’s common for climbers to spend much of their time off the wall, plotting the right succession of movements in their head before they’ve even began the climb.
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