Want a physically engaging, full-body workout that gets you in top shape and prime fitness condition? Then, rock climbing could be the sport for you!

Having accompanied AJ’s client – and rock climbing enthusiast Thierry – to his weekly session at Climb Valley, I was impressed to find a sport that tests both the body and mind’s endurance. Not to mention strength, agility, and balance.

Thierry doing his thing!

Here is a guide to the advantages of rock climbing:

1. Rock Climbing Gives You Cardio and Strength Building In One Workout

Whether you’re rock climbing indoors or out, the rock climbing session provides a good workout. During this time you build stamina, strengthen your muscles and increase your heart rate.

2. Muscle Groups Strengthen During Rock Climbing

As you build a rock climber body, you work a variety of muscles:

  • Abs
  • Obliques
  • Biceps
  • Traps
  • Delts
  • Quads
  • Lats
  • Calves

In fact, as you strengthen your grip, you work your forearms. So, you’re literally increasing strength in every major muscle group during a rock climbing session. Climbing can also lower your BMI and decrease body fat.

3. Rock Climbing Improves Flexibility

Rock climbing raises the range of motion. This occurs because the sport requires flexibility as you climb, and adaptability as you spring and reach for the handholds and footholds.

To increase your circulation and flexibility, make sure you stretch a few times a week to prepare for your climb.

4. Rock Climbing Reduces Stress

When you raise norepinephrine levels (a neurotransmitter in your body) you reduce stress. Being involved in the actions of climbing, such as reaching and leaping, you can often create a sense of exhilaration which feels like a natural “high.” This occurs as norepinephrine levels increase with each step you take.

5. You Increase Mental Strength

Rock climbing is also useful for your brain. While you navigate routes, you test your problem-solving skills.

6. Rock Climbing Helps Us Conquer Fear

Our fears offer the most significant challenges that stop us from achieving our dreams, experiencing success and living our life to the fullest.

Two of the biggest fears is a fear of heights and a fear of falling. While rock climbing helps our body, it’s also a great way to challenge these fears. Challenging the fear of rock climbing strengthens our confidence and builds self-esteem.

7. A Rock Climbing Session Burns Calories

Did you know that rock climbing is a calorie-burning sport? In fact, in 30 minutes or uphill rock climbing, a person can burn between 330 and 498 calories, depending on their weight.

9. A FUN Experience

Whether you climb a mountain or in an indoor rock climbing course, reaching the summit will put you in a state of euphoria. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!

Busting out of your comfort zone, you’ll know you’ve challenged yourself, whether you’ve tested your fears, your physical limitations or your mental abilities.


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