You’re in the crux of a climb. You feel your heart racing, your muscles burning and trembling, and your mind in disarray. Yet, your objective is right there; the summit is within reach. If you can muster those last drops of physical energy and fortitude to continue, your goal will be accomplished. You grind through the pain and noise of your muscles pleading with you to stop, but you continue and you reach your destination. You top out and your muscles and mind relax. This is one of the greatest workouts a human being can do.
It’s a common, and at times annoying, pun that rock climbing gives you rock-hard muscles. While everyone’s body will react differently to the strenuous workout that is rock climbing, rock climbing is, nonetheless, a fantastic all-round workout. In those pain-stricken moments in the crux of a climb, you are improving strength, flexibility, coordination, and burning calories.
It’s important to remember that the crux of a climb is different for everyone. For some, it might be the middle of a V1 route. Others, it could be near the end of a V5. What’s important is that you continue to push yourself and improve.
When we say rock-climbing is an all-round workout, this is because rock climbing exercises every major muscle group in the body. If one rock climbs regularly, he or she will greatly improve their upper-body strength while simultaneously gaining strength in core muscles and legs. Every movement from one hold to another is different and exercises different muscles, some muscles you didn’t even know you had. And, according to Arizona Central, rock climbing can help you meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to perform full-body-muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.
As mentioned above, every movement in rock climbing is different from one hold to another. However, long reaches, high steps and stemming are required on nearly every route a climber chooses to go. These actions, which stretch the muscles in action, increase a climber’s flexibility. According to “Medical & Science in Sports & Exercise,” adults should include flexibility exercises in their workouts two times per week.
Rock climbing is an intense workout that requires a great deal of sweat and grind. And as your muscles burn, you’re also burning calories. Rock climbing is one of the most effective and efficient calorie-burning workouts one could do. According to the Calorie Control Council’s CaloriesCount Get Moving Calculator, a 15-pound person burns 500 calories in 40 minutes of rock climbing. Imagine, in just over a half hour, you can burn away your entire lunch.
Forget Lumosity, rock climbing offers challenging puzzles that climbers must solve in order to reach the summit. Though it’s practicing neuromotor skills by necessity – to keep from falling – it could be argued that this is an even more effective way to exercise such skills. It’s recommended that people incorporate neuromotor exercises regularly to improve balance, coordination and agility. Rock climbing is one of the best neuromotor exercises one can do.
Information provided by AZCentral.com