Indoor climbing

This fun indoor activity is an excellent workout for the body, and with more climbing centres cropping up across the country, indoor climbing has seen an increase in popularity in recent years

Upper body strength is key as all muscles in this part of the body are used, especially in the shoulders. Pull-ups can help beginners gain more strength in the upper body to aid performance on the climbing wall. Climbing will improve overall strength, while regular climbing will help achieve a more athletic-like form.

Who should take up indoor climbing?
Muscle definition is greatly enhanced in the arms, which makes indoor climbing ideal for those looking for a quick way to add strength without needing to gain weight first. Because indoor climbing can give your body a full workout, a lot of bodily fluid can be sweated out, and replacing these fluids is essential. ‘Lack of water in your muscles will decrease contractile strength by up to 30 per cent,’ explains So make sure you drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty because this means you have already begun to dehydrate. It is also recommended that around 500 calories of fruit is eaten before the climb so that your body has enough carbohydrates and won’t have to resort to reserve glycogen supplied by the liver, which can leave the body feeling drained. After the workout, eat complex carbs like bread, rice and pasta in order to replenish the body of any glycogen used.

What are the benefits?
Your arms will noticeably benefit from climbing. Most amateur climbers notice a huge difference after one session, particularly in the forearms and shoulders. Grip is very important and the strength in the forearm provides this, so although first-timers may struggle in the beginning, perseverance and practice really pays off. With the correct training, climbers will soon see a considerable difference in strength and skill.

How much does it cost?
Prices can vary with each centre. The average price is around £8, cheaper if it’s during off-peak hours, while a four-week pass is usually about £50. For more information, visit

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