Rock climbing has been one of the most favorite activities of all time. Aside from reaping the physical benefits of the activity, enthusiasts get to be rewarded by the thrilling adventure itself.
If you’re planning to do rock climbing, you might be asking yourself: can I do it? Is this something I can learn quickly? What do I need to prepare so I can condition my body better?
These are just a few of the questions we will address in this article. So, climb up with me little by little as we traverse to the peak of these concerns.
Is Rock Climbing Truly Hard?
The question cannot be directly answered because it could be a yes and no. Yes, it could be difficult especially if your body is not prepared, and no, if your body is capable and you have the eagerness to learn it. Thus, it all boils down to your physical and mental readiness.
For first-timers, rock climbing can be challenging but over time, your body warms up and will be able to adjust to the needed strength and agility.
How to Prepare Yourself
As exciting as it may seem, do not just immediately rush to begin the sport. Here are four key areas you can develop for a better climbing performance:
Core muscles are an integral part of rock climbing so you need to strengthen them first. The core muscles you need to focus on your abdominal muscles, back muscles, and pelvic muscles. To develop them, you can perform regular planks, bridges, and leg-circles.
You also need to develop a grip powerful enough to support your body up to the next level. Hand grippers do an excellent job in improving your grip strength. As a routine, squeeze the grippers around 50 times a day in each hand.
To climb successfully, you also need to improve the flexibility of your muscles and joints. You can do yoga, squats, and lunges. Any basic stretching exercises that target your hips and shoulders are also effective.
Rock climbing is a physically demanding activity that will require the full cooperation of your heart and lungs. It is perfectly normal to catch your breath if you are just starting. But, as you do regular cardiovascular exercises, the more you will be able to endure continuous movements.
Just like any physical sport, rock climbing is more perilous than you think, depending on the type of rock climbing you are into and the height of the climb. As a beginner, you need to secure the following rock climbing equipment if needed:
- Belay System
- Climbing Shoes
- Quick Draw
- Nuts and Camming Devices
- Ice Axes
It’s Time to Climb!
Do not be afraid to indulge in this sport as long as you follow all the necessary safety precautions and physical preparations. Try to start climbing in indoor venues like gyms before going out into the open. Do not rush as this is not a race. Train and enjoy every climb you make. It’s not about reaching the mountain, it’s the climb!