Did you know that sport climbing is now one of the sports for the 2020 Olympics?
Sport climbing is both physically and mentally demanding. Climbing uses lots of muscle groups, both in the upper and lower body. Your back, abdominal and leg muscles all get exercised as well as your ﬁngers, shoulders and arms. Regular climbing can improve stamina as well as muscle strength. In addition, all the reaching and stretching for holds improves ﬂexibility and agility.
Because you’re working a number of different muscle groups when you rock climb, you’ll increase your strength and muscle definition by rock climbing regularly. A review published in 2011 in the Journal of Human Kinetics reports that elite rock climbers often have low body mass indexes, low body fat percentages, and increased handgrip strengths.