These Rock Climbing Exercises Will Build Meaty Forearms and Ripped Abs

I ran into this article and thought it would be a good share. I find that when I’m trying to get in better shape it helps to do fun activities rather than just going to the gym or going on a run. I need to trick myself almost and do something fun where I don’t realize I actually exercised.

There’s a good chance you’d love to build ripped abs and bulging arms, just in time for beach season. But that doesn’t mean you always want to do it in the gym. Sometimes, you’d much rather avoid dumbbells and barbells on your journey to more muscle, and that’s where the climbing wall comes in.

Hitting the climbing wall for a workout can seem ultra-challenging and intimidating, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for the likes of Alex Honnold, the pro climber who was the subject of last year’s acclaimed documentary Free Solo. Rock climbing can be an exhilarating workout for anyone, which is exactly what I’m learning right now.

I’m only eight feet off the ground on the rock wall at Cliffs of Id, a climbing gym in Los Angeles, but my adrenaline’s already pumping. But it’s not because of the height, and it’s not because I feel like some gravity-defying Spider-Man.

It’s because every muscle in my body is firing to keep me glued to my perch. If my grip or my back or my core relaxes, I slip. It’s a full-body workout as challenging as anything I’ve ever done in the weight room—which may explain why climbing gyms are as packed as weight rooms these days.

The number of climbing gyms in America has steadily increased, and climbing is a fast-growing fitness trend. Its inclusion in the 2020 Olympics and the anxiety-inducing Oscar-nominated Free Solo are now inspiring even more curiosity. Meanwhile, climbing facilities themselves have evolved from dank warehouses into temples of functional fitness, full of people who are simply there for a fun, hard workout. Some come for simulated adventure, but many come for the community, too. All leave with a buzz.

“I don’t go camping; I’m not the stereotypical man-bun climber,” says Cliffs of Id trainer Eddie Tsang. “But I love the problem-solving aspect of rock climbing, and you can almost feel the neurological pathways firing between your brain and your muscles.”

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