Are you looking for a fun activity to do on the weekend with friends or family? Rock climbing is a good one! It requires use your strength to pull yourself up to the top of a wall.
My boyfriend, Stew, and I went to an indoor rock climbing gym this weekend, to do something different. I've done it a couple of times and absolutely love it! When you climb the walls, you have your harness, rope, and somebody to belay you during your climb. There are rocks that along the wall where you must step and grab onto in order to climb. Some rocks are easy to grip and others require more strength in your divi flexors (Finger flexing muscles).
There is another climbing option, which we tried as well, called Bouldering. This is a free climb, without the rope and harness - the wall is shorter, and the idea is to climb up to the top and to the side of the wall if you can.
This activity is a challenge to your body, where you must trust your arms and legs to guide you and get you to the next level. It is appropriate for both children and adults.
What Is working?
This is a great full body activity that puts stress on some muscles you may not have even thought of strengthening.
Forearms - your wrist flexors play a big role in this activity for gripping and pulling yourself up.
Finger flexors- you have to grab and hold on to the rocks somehow. The flexor digitis, flexor pollicis brevis, etc., do a lot of work during your climb as you grab and hold onto the rocks.
Biceps- these arm muscles are engaged when your elbow is flexed. In order to pull yourself up, you need to have flexion in your elbow.
Quadriceps- as your legs push your body up to the top on the wall, you have to extend your legs. When doing this, the quads are activated.
Calfs- your soleus and gastrocnemius are the muscles involved in toe raise exercises. While rock climbing, you tend to stand on the rocks with your toes in order to help lift yourself to the next level.
Core- your back is also engaged in this activity. In your upper back you are using your Latissimus Dorsi, Trapezius, and Rhomboids. As you pull your arms from above your head to below your shoulders to help guide your body upward these muscles are engaged.
Your abdominal muscles act as stabilizers during the climb.
Don’t be afraid to try new activities to help you continue on your journey to living and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
Jenna Webster, ACSM, ACE – Personal trainer specializing in empower busy women to live healthy and active lifestyles!”