Indoor Climbing: A Good Workout?

You probably know that indoor rock climbing is fun and challenging, but most people consider it separate from their workout routine. Many people think that the only way to “work out” is to attend a fitness class or do a few miles on the treadmill.

In addition to being a fun challenge, indoor rock climbing is a great workout. Feeling bored with mindless miles on the treadmill? Looking for a way to work for more muscle groups at once? Consider adding indoor climbing to your workout routine.

Some of the benefits include:

Great Cardiovascular Workout

Using your body to work against gravity gets your heart pumping. In fact, rock climbing burns between 500 and 900 calories per hour! If you are a distance runner, longer climbs help you build stamina that will pay off for the course.

Builds Strength and Flexibility

Rock climbing engages your arms, legs, and core muscles simultaneously. Even if you choose an easier route or a slower pace, you are still stretching and reaching using all your muscle groups.

Mentally Challenging

Figuring out the best way up the climbing wall keeps you mentally engaged in real-world problem-solving. Planning your next move requires you to evaluate your body and think things through. Plus, you’ll never get bored – once you master a route, you can choose a new, more challenging one.

Appropriate for All Fitness Levels

No matter where you are on your fitness journey, indoor rock climbing is for you. Beginners get lots of support and instruction and can choose that “just right” route without feeling pressured to keep up. If you’ve been working out for a while, you can jump right into a more challenging route without waiting for the others to catch up.

If you’re looking to start or change up your fitness routine, consider indoor climbing! Stop by, and we’d be happy to show you the ropes.