Indoor Climbing

Summer’s almost over but the heat still remains. If you’re dying to get a good workout but can’t bear the warmth, indoor climbing is the perfect activity. The popularity of the sport is increasing because it doesn’t just cater to adults. Even very young children can engage in some fun in a safe environment, not possible with outdoor rock climbing. Supervisors and trainers are always on call if you need tips or find yourself stuck at an awkward height.

Like many full-body workouts, indoor climbing exercises the whole body. You don’t need super strong arms and legs to make your way up, just sign up for a beginner’s class to get started. It does help if your fitness levels are better than negligible but that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try. It focuses on the entire body but lays emphasis on the hands and forearms, areas which are frequently neglected in ordinary workouts.

  • A huge calorie burner

According to research, indoor and outdoor climbing both burn up to 970 calories an hour depending on gender and height. And calorie burning doesn’t stop there. Even rappelling down is a workout, capable of shedding 700 calories per hour. For comparison, a 160-pound individual will burn around 730 calories in an hour by skipping rope. Despite the small difference in burned calories, indoor climbing is more fun and the safe environment makes it ideal for children, teens, adults and senior citizens. You don’t have to work your way up fast either; just the effort exerted to get up several meters makes a big impact on how many calories and weight you shed.

  • Great for flexibility

If flexibility is not a strong suit, indoor climbing can change that by forcing you to work your muscles. The first few sessions will be brutal but keep at it and you’ll be amazed by how much your range of motion has increased especially around the shoulders and hips.

  • A good brain power boost

Climbing requires thought. You have to figure out the best way to get to the top using a minimum number of moves to conserve energy. This strategizing increases problem-solving skills and improves hand-eye coordination, two traits not found in many standard exercise moves.

  • Expands social networks

An indoor climbing facility sees several people working out at any one time. It acts as a meeting place for like-minded individuals so if you’re looking to expand your social network or just need a spot to get together with friends, few places boast this trait. Even businesses can benefit by using it for a corporate outing. Some gyms offer package deals catering to businesses so pitch the idea to your boss the next time he plans an office outing.

All climbers will tell you that indoor climbing is addictive. In fact, you won’t be able to get enough of it. It doesn’t get dull as there are always new challenges and if you progress from the beginner stage, you’ll find yourself setting higher goals in the next session.