Peter Parker once said ‘With great power comes great responsibility’.
What we think he meant was, ‘Those who climb are bad-ass’.
So we’re busy honing our inner Spiderman with the increasingly popular total-body workout that builds strength, burns calories, and is actually a hoot!
Indoor rock climbing is a pretty addictive form of exercise, because it’s both physically and mentally demanding. Scaling the wall improves flexibility, coordination, balance, and builds up strength and endurance; while navigating your path focusses your mind, enhances awareness and works your problem-solving skills like a Sudoku master-class.
The perfect alternative for those fed up with the push-ups and burpies!
You’re guaranteed a cardiovascular workout that you’ll feel for days, and with fancy auto-belaying systems, you don’t even need a partner to spot you! After a simple safety briefing (safety first kids!) it’s just you and the wall. Plus, with the physical danger of scaling a wall removed, you can really up-the-ante with the difficulty of your climb.
Rock climbing requires use of a significant portion of your body’s aerobic capacity, and colour coded grips serve you a series of routes for all skill levels.
More difficult climbing route = increased reliance on your aerobic, mental and coordinative skill.
So be prepared to get your sweat on!
Dynamic exercise produces higher heart rate and blood pressure, and we’re not sure if it’s the effect of arm position, often held above the level of the heart during a climb, or the fear or anticipation of falling that gives you a kick, but rock climbing sure gets the blood pumping!
Try once - and you’ll want to hang out more often.