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Indoor Rock Climbing

If cold weather is forcing you to move your workout inside, you might want to investigate the fun to be had while indoor-rock climbing. There are tons of rock-climbing gyms with artificial structures made to look and feel like real walls of rock. Learning to rock climb indoors in a safe and controlled environment is a great introduction to the sport if you're looking to rock climb outdoors someday.

Not only does it do an amazing job of strengthening your upper body and your legs, rock climbing is great for women since our center of gravity is at our hips. This makes gals really great at maneuvering our bodies up the wall with grace and efficiency.

Check out your local climbing gym and sign up for a beginner class that emphasizes the basics of climbing equipment, knot tying, safe-climbing practices, and belaying. You'll pay a flat fee for the lessons and any equipment you may need such as shoes and a harness.

Some places even offer women-only classes taught by women that offer a supportive environment for learning and perfecting climbing skills.

Fit's Tips: Check out this site to find a rock-climbing wall or gym near you.

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latent latent 9 years
BuzzSugar: It's not about grip strength unless you're crimping, if you over grip you'll tear your hands and make flappers. It's more shoulder and erector/core muscle strength. If you enjoy it (indoors or out) definitely work on your footwork (placement etc.) and get good equipment, mainly shoes, for when you go.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
I am confident that I will fall or break off a nail or something.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I love climbing! And I find I definitely rely on my legs more than my arms — though really, what I wish I had is more *hand* strength to grip all the holds!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I tried this with my husband once and it was a lot harder than it looked. I realized that I have not-so-great upper body strength, so I had to try to climb using my legs as much as possible, lol.
biochemlovely biochemlovely 9 years
Rock climbing is one of the few athletic activities I actually enjoy. :)
cubadog cubadog 9 years
aimeeb you would be surprised at how much you use your legs climbing it really doesn't take a huge amount of upper body strength. I started out outdoor rock climbing and would rather do that, indoor isn't as much fun or as challenging.
latent latent 9 years
SO glad to see indoor climbing featured on fitsugar. It's a fantastic workout and is personally challenging enough to always stay interesting.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Lord I have no upper body strength...
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