August 31, 2021 4 min read
Rock climbing is a sport that simultaneously challenges your physical and mental focus, endurance, and strength. Like most sports, rock climbing started out as a predominantly male-dominated activity. Over the years, however, an increasing number of women, of all ages, have been taking a vested interest in this growing sport. A sport that’s evolved to include a number of disciplines that cater to a variety of ability levels.
If you’re looking for a new and exciting exercise routine that’ll actually make you enthusiastic to go to the gym, then consider giving rock climbing a try. Regardless of your experience level, there’s a rock climbing routine that’s right for you. Indoor climbing gyms, for instance, offer a variety of packages and climbing options that include belaying (climbing with a partner) or solo climbing.
Keep reading to learn more about why rock climbing is a great sport for women and how it can help you foster a positive outlook and a more confident sense of self.
Going to a traditional weight-lifting gym typically means running on treadmills for what feels like forever or targeting specific parts of the body on any given day. Sometimes, it can be hard to keep track of which body part you’re supposed to be working on.
Fortunately, rock climbing is a full-body workout that targets your legs, arms, core, and glutes simultaneously, and while giving you a good sweat too. There’s no need for heavy machinery, you just use your body strength, balance, and various muscle groups to climb up a route. Each movement is carefully calculated with the goal of sending the route or toping out, meaning reaching the top of the climb, using your creative and quick problem-solving and decision-making skills.
When you’re so focused on the how and why of getting to the top, your body just naturally reacts and suddenly your workout feels more like an adventure and less of a chore-like exercise.
Speaking of focus…working out is a great way to get your mind and body in shape. Oftentimes, however, going to the gym and performing routine exercises on a machine can feel very mechanical, uninspiring and a little boring. Bouldering or rock climbing for women, however, is a great way to break the routine. It allows you to engage both mentally and physically while remaining in the moment rather than tuning out or getting lost in thought.
This is a sport that demands your full attention in order to achieve a specific goal (reaching the top) by pushing your mental and physical capacities to their absolute limits. Often times, if you don’t keep your mind focused on the route as you climb then you could likely fall.
Another way to prevent falling is to strengthen your grip. Rock climbing is a great way to strengthen every muscle in your body, especially the arms, wrists, and hands.
Not to mention, a great deal of balance and muscle engagement is required to help you move with ease on the route, from one position to another without causing injury or overstretching and straining your muscles.
Over time and with consistent practice, bouldering or rock climbing will help you naturally strengthen muscles throughout your body, so that you can move with ease and poise both on and off the climbing circuit.
One thing you’ll likely not have to worry about at a rock climbing gym is that feeling of being judged. Generally speaking, other climbers are usually very welcoming of their peers regardless of age, gender, or experience levels.
Anyone of any age can take up rock climbing. In fact, there are many women who take up various forms of rock climbing much later on in life as a way to improve their strength, balance, and coordination or boost their self-esteem.
The climbing community is a supportive bunch, where most consider age to be but a number and your fellow climbers are usually more than happy to belay you or help you along your journey as you grow and get stronger.
On top of that, the climbing community is also incredibly diverse and accepting of people of all walks of life. Diversity makes the world a more interesting place, but there’s one commonality everyone in the community shares: the love of climbing and conquering new challenges.
Rock climbing gives you an incredible sense of purpose and accomplishment at the end of every problem-solving journey that can be translated into other aspects of you life.
Each time you accomplish a new height—even if it’s just a few extra feet—or exceed what you thought was your limit, you are proving to yourself you can do anything. Your success can be measured in your progress and your ability to try and conquer increasingly difficult climbing routes.
When it comes to high-quality rock climbing outfits for the gym, there are two main criteria women value most: form and functionality. Even though you’re getting sweaty and you’re there to get a workout, everyone wants to feel and look good while climbing.Crimpin has an extensive line of climbing apparel for both women and men. Choose from a wide range of rock climbing tops for women including t-shirts, hoodies, and tank tops, as well as accessories. The designs are specific to the unique terminologies found in this incredible sport and on flattering, comfortable and quick dry t-shirts. Contact us today to learn more or to place an order and get ready to climb in style.
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