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Tuesday June 25th Rock Climbing Fitness Adventure

  • Ragged Mountian CT (map)

Ascending a 100 ft crag or 40-foot indoor rock wall involves more than adrenaline rush.  Many are not aware of the excellent cross-training benefits that rock climbing has to offer.   Most think rock climbing is all about upper body strength but your lower body should be handling the primary workload. Cardio is the added surprise benefit. The average 155-pound person can burn up to 700 calories in one hour of climbing.  Muscle endurance, agility, and flexibility come into play when pulling off tricky maneuvers or hanging in position for your next move.  And hello “grip strength," something required for many sports yet rarely trained.  You can’t make it up a wall using tiny holds without a powerful grip. 

Brain benefits often take a back seat when considering a new cross-training activity.  We use our brains and willpower to push through the pain, fear, and endurance of many sports training activities.  It can be the thing that separates a successful athlete from the rest of the pack.  Rock climbers can go into the hyper-focus mode. They can block pain and push beyond artificial limits, especially while climbing difficult routes that involve intense problem-solving.  Body awareness is a mental benefit as well.  A climber has to understand how a certain position will feel and the outcome of the next movement. 

Oh yes, I’m going there…. “Deep thoughts by Casi."    There is nothing better than learning a good life lesson doing a workout that kicks your ass. Rock climbing teaches focus and how to conquer your fears. The idea of balance which can be related to life balance is in play at all times and your sheer determination can be the thing that propels you to the top.

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