3 Ways to Prepare for Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a pretty intense way to workout. It’s an adventurous full-body workout, that you can do outdoors or in a gym. It isn’t the kind of physical activity you should just start on a whim, either. Here are some ways to get yourself ready to start climbing.

1. Go to a Climbing Gym

If you haven’t climbed before, you can try a climbing gym Denver before venturing to an outdoor climbing area or mountain. Gyms will typically have lessons available for beginners and courses that cater to all skill levels. You can see if climbing is an activity you like and learn more about outdoor climbing, or just keep going to the gym. Some gyms also offer other activities like climbing courses for children and yoga. These gyms offer a safe environment and plenty of support to learn about the sport and practice.

2. Practice Yoga

Climbers need to be flexible, and one of the best ways to increase and maintain flexibility is regular yoga practice. Since climbing is a full-body sport, you should incorporate a series of full-body stretches into your exercise routine, and yoga is all about making your whole body strong, stable and flexible. Look for poses like Eagle Pose to increase balance and Flip Dog to practice weight transfer. You could also practice yoga flow, moving through a series of movements. This kind of yoga routine is all about strengthening and stretching your upper body, particularly your shoulders, which climbers tend to use a lot to pull themselves up.

3. Build Core Strength and Stability

When you’re climbing, you absolutely need upper body strength to pull yourself up and strong legs to find your footing, but core strength is essential. A stable core can help you avoid injury and strain and that stability supports all your other muscle groups. Before you start climbing, you can build strength in your core with a few simple exercises. Situps and crunches will work your abs. Plank variations like side planks and forearm planks work your whole core plus your upper body. And arm dips and knee-raise planks help strengthen your obliques.

Rock climbing targets all the muscle groups in your body, and it’s a good way to get in some cardio at the same time. It’s a way to workout without worrying about getting bored and it’s low impact. But it’s still a high-intensity activity, so make sure you’re prepared before you start.

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