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Rock Gyms Scale Other Fitness Trends

Rock Gyms Scale Other Fitness TrendsThe gym addition of rock climbing walls came about in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, representing an exotic and unique challenge for those looking to train or simply get off of the typical machines. Indoor rock climbing was inspired by the outdoor predecessor, but with an added level of safety and a friendliness to beginners. Spotters worked for the gym and helped give pointers to those who had never tried to climb before. Handholds made routes up the wall clearer without reducing the challenge.

Indoor Rock Climbing Benefits

There are many benefits to indoor rock climbing which have encouraged its rising popularity among patrons and its increased presence in gyms across the country.

  • Reduced Cost – An athlete needs only him or herself when making an indoor climb, as opposed to renting or buying expensive equipment, paying for gas to travel, or investing in park passes.
  • Accessibility – With indoor rock climbing, one only needs to drive a handful of minutes to a local gym. Whereas, outdoor climbing requires participants to lug gear to a cliffside or mountain range that’s been deemed suitable and safe. Traditional climbers even have to hike several miles to reach a wall, rather than getting to spend more time climbing.
  • Solo Climbing – In nature, solo climbing can be extremely dangerous and should never be attempted by a climbing novice. However, indoor rock climbing walls don’t require a partner to spot or climb alongside.
  • Increased Safety – Spotters are well-trained to keep climbers of all experience levels safe. Gyms often also have trained medics on staff in case of emergency.
  • All Seasons – Outdoor climbing is limited to warmer, drier months. Days for a planned climb might be ruined by bad weather. But an indoor rock climbing experience doesn’t depend or become canceled due to weather. Climbers can enjoy their passion all year long!
  • Mental Exercise – Rock climbing isn’t just a physical challenge; it’s also a mental puzzle. Choosing the best handholds and where to brace your hands and feet all make a difference in determining the speed and height of your climb.

Taking Advantage of the Rock Climbing Fad

Gyms should consider incorporating indoor climbing, hosting classes, or even sponsoring competitions within the sport. It sets a gym apart as being on the cusp of new and exciting athletic developments. It also encourages better health by offering one more fun, entertaining exercise choice to patrons.

With the upcoming addition of rock climbing in the 2020 Olympic games, now is the perfect opportunity to embrace the sport. In addition, consider providing your rock climbing athletes and enthusiasts with products that include the ingredient ZMA®. ZMA® increases testosterone levels by approximately 43%, which has a direct effect on muscle strength and power. Learn more about ZMA® and other InterHealth supplement ingredients by calling 1-800-783-4636.

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